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iOS 8: What's all the buzz about!

June 11, 2014 16:18 IST

iOS 8: What's all the buzz about!

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Hitesh Motwani

Can Apple dazzle competition with the latest iteration of its popular operating software? With the company rumoured to launch iOS 8 this Fall (Autumn) along with iPhone 6, we take a look at 10 ways the new iOS will make you swoon.

Critics, are you ready with your ammo? :-)

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Reply, Like and Share

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With the new iOS8 the notification centre has become more interactive than before. Now you don’t have to unlock your screen to reply to your Facebook posts.

You can directly respond to your friends from the notification centre.

iOS 8 ensures that you get connected to the world instantly without wasting time.

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Mails and more

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A drop down menu has been introduced to help users add events to their calendars.

Also, now you can gain access quickly to your contacts with improved task switcher.

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Spotlight and QuickType

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Apple has improved its Spotlight feature, which is somewhat similar to Google Now (Inspired by Google? We rest our case!)

It is said that keyboard has been improved significantly in the newer version of iOS.

A feature that has always popular on Nokia and Android, predictive text if you want us to spell it out, has been introduced in the iOS 8. While Apple has been a laggard to introduce this vital function to its vast and superior repertoire, those who love the brand may call it ‘better late than never’.

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iMessage gets better

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Apples iMessage which is similar to WhatsApp is one of the most used features of iOS. Apple has improved it significantly by adding features like group messaging; doing a step better one can also give names to conversation threads and remove a person from a thread too.

Additionally you can also send a voice note and video message by using the ‘Tap to Talk’ feature.

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iCloud Drive

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The iCloud Drive has direct integration within iOS 8.

The menu for iCloud Drive is very contextual and can be accessed throughout iOS8. Apple has also revealed that it will allow developers to integrate third party apps with iCloud.

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HealthKit

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Many gizmo gurus were predicting that Apple might come up with an app for health freaks. That demand has been fulfilled with HealthKit.

This app works as a one-stop shop to record all your health information right on your device.

Apple has gone one step ahead with iOS 8 by working closely with healthcare providers to transmit user data to their healthcare professionals.

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Photo Sharing

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Now photo sharing becomes easier through iCloud. You can directly upload photos to iCloud by which all your memories are available across your Apple devices. Also, it is adding host of photo editing tools which will work across devices.

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Siri

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Earlier there were many debates on Siri not being very efficient and user had to click the button to talk to Siri.

Now Siri has improved and you need not touch your phone to interact with Siri. Just talk to your phone and Siri will respond back to you.

iOS 8 now comes integrated with Shazam, the song recognition app; now you will be able to directly purchase your favourite songs from iTunes.

Apple has also hinted that developers would be able to integrate Siri within their apps. This will take the app experience to a whole new level.

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Touch ID

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Apple has now opened up Touch ID to app developers, which means that you don’t have to go through boring logins. All you need is your thumb to sign in and access your favourite apps without wasting time. Impressive must say!

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Camera

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For all camera lovers, Apple has introduced the instant Burst Mode. Also now users can control focus and exposure for a better picture experience. Panorama feature will also be introduced to iPad users; this is an old one copied from Android again.

We will have to wait and watch whether the new iOS 8 will be able to impress or depress people. Though most of the features seemed similar to its competitors like Android and Windows, but will Apple be able to win people’s heart.

Let us look at this closer to the release date of iOS8. Apple has indicated that it will reveal its new iOS to the public in the fall, or autumn.

Some say that it will coincide its launch with the new Apple iPhone 6.


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