At WWDC 2014, Apple announced the latest operating system for it’s iPhones and iPads, iOS 8.
Apple billed this as the biggest update to iOS yet, but here is quick look at what was announced.
First of all, let’s take a look at the photos. By default, whenever you take a photo on an iOS 8 device your photos will be automatically uploaded to iCloud(apple’s online storage service). So when you take photo on your iPhone, it will appear on your iPad. When you have taken your photo, you might want to make some changes, so there is also a photo editor to crop, changing the lighting and color. You can even make more granular adjustments such as exposure and brightness.
Another cool feature for those of you with children or teens is family sharing. If you buy a song, book, movie, TV show, app or game, then those purchases will be available to your kids on their devices so as long as they are tied to the same credit card. If your children decide to buy an app, you will need to approve the purchase before they are allowed to download it.
Spotlight also gets some changes which build upon the redesign of spotlight in iOS 7. You will be able to see results from sites such as Wikipedia, most news websites, and search for places nearby. You can even search for apps in the app store and you will be taken straight to that apps entry in the app store.
iOS 8 also gets some really cool integration with OSX. As shown in the screenshot above, you can be working on a document on your mac, and then at the tap of a button, you can continue working on it right from where you left off.
But we’re not done yet because there are some cool enhancements as far as notifications go. You can now go interactive with your notifications. Let’s say that you receive a text message and you are in the middle of editing a photo. You will be able to reply to the text message without leaving the app you were in.
There are some improvements that have been made to the Mail app. You will have the ability to work on a draft, get at other emails and then continue the draft you were working on.
Another cool feature of iOS 8 is the iCloud Drive (iCloud is Apple’s cloud service). You can access documents, stored within your iCloud storage and open them right on your iPhone. This could be quite a handy feature if you forget a document on your mac at home.
A developer preview for is available to developers today. Otherwise, iOS 8 will become available in Autumn/Fall 2014(this year). It will be compatible with iPhone 4S or newer, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2 or newer, iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
For the full breakdown of all the iOS 8 features, visit Apple’s website.