Our Top 10 Favorite iOS 8 Features
To save you the hours and hours of frustration trying to figure out all the new iOS 8 features, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best features of Apple’s iOS 8 update. We hand picked the most practical new features of iOS 8 we think you will love. After you make your way through them, let us know your thoughts:
- Take Awesome Photos with Way Better Camera App: Taking photos is an obsession these days. That’s why Apple went all out and has added lots of features to the standars camera app. We love the camera and the photos it takes are stunning.
- Photo Advanced Search: An advanced search function for finding photos lets you find photos by album, location and when they were taken. Another cool feature is the automatic sync between devices.
- HealthKit: It isn’t a new idea, but it has been very well executed by Apple. The idea is to use HealthKit to monitor your vital statistics. The app collates all your fitness data such as heart rate, blood pressure, weight, activity, calories consumed, and more, and presents them in one built-in app.
- Become a Super-typer with QuickType: The big news here is an upgrade to Apple’s predictive text. With a choice of words or phrases you’d probably say next showing up at the top of the keypad, almost reading your mind. We should also mention that for the first time, Apple is allowing third-party keyboards, allowing you to swipe rather than type or change to any new keyboards as they become available.
- Insert Voice Messages Instantly with Tap to Talk: You can now insert voice grabs directly into texts with the Tap to Talk feature which includes a microphone function on the keypad. By holding it down and speaking, the audio file is automatically sent along with your message, which you can also choose to have expire after a set amount of time.
- Sync Mac to iPhone (Keep Your Place): Apple is working harder to make the transition from working on a Mac to iPhone even more seamless with the Continuity app. The Handoff feature allows you to work in Pages on a Mac, and send it off to their iPhone for completion. It also allows popular apps like Pocket to keep your spot when reading articles.
- Share Apps with Family Sharing: Taking the sharing feature on iTunes ID one step further, Family Sharing allows you to share an app that you’ve bought with up to six different people, without them having to buy it. The feature does tie your credit card to their account, but asks for your permission before purchasing.
- Wi-Fi Calling: Wi-Fi Calling is exactly what it sounds like. Call over the Internet, save yourself some money and make massive phone bills a thing of the past.