Top 5 most useful features of iOS 8




At first glance, iOS 8 is not so different from its predecessor, as iOS 7. However, internal changes are enormous. Apple has made available to the parties under the operating system functions, the app added Health, is responsible for collecting data from various fitness devices, updated many regular programs.


To release iOS 8 MacDigger publishes five of the most useful features of “eight”, who will appreciate the majority of the holders of iPhone and iPad.

1 Widgets

Widgets have become an important new feature in iOS 8. And let the users of Android-smartphone chuckled ironically, Apple gadgets for users is a great achievement. The fact that on the iPhone and the iPad will be a third-party widgets, said before the release of iOS 6, but access to them only opened with the release of the eighth edition of the operating system. In 8 iOS application developers can fine-tune the interface of the platform with features extensibility. In particular, Apple has opened a number of new API, which allow you to use widgets for Notification Center.


Of course, the widgets can not be called revolutionary innovation as “live” graphical interface elements for several years are presented in the OS Android. And users iOS-jailbroken devices have long practiced the installation of third-party solutions from the catalog Cydia. However, thanks to the new API, widgets for “Notification Center” will be available to all users of OS. Its widgets for iOS 8 have shown Philips , Numerous , Microsoft and other developers.

2 Extensions

Apple in the eighth edition of iOS Ā«openedĀ» its mobile operating system. With the final release of iOS 8 application developers for the iPhone and iPad users can fine-tune the interface of the platform with features extensibility. Apple opened a number of new API, allowing to add third-party extensions.


Export Settings: iOS makes it easy to share your photos, videos, web links, and any other content in social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. In iOS 8 open export settings for all developers.
Editing pictures developers were able to integrate their filters and editing tools right in the app photos. This means that iOS 8 allows you to use the effects of third-party developers in any application.
Personal action: touching the “Action”, you can add a photo to a contact or print the document. iOS 8 allows developers to extend these opportunities. For example, the developer will be able to add the ability to put a watermark, add anything to your Wish List or translate text into another language.
Keyboard: Developers can create new versions of the keyboard, which will be used throughout the system. When they become available, you can choose your favorite layout or input method.
Touch ID: now you can use the sensor to log into third-party applications and more without entering a password. Fingerprint reliably protected, and no iOS, no other applications do not have access to it.
Documents: Apple iOS expanded opportunities to work with documents – you can now open and edit them using a larger number of applications, and for export to other applications no longer need to create extra copies.
3 Interactive notice

In iOS 8 appeared active alerts: You can respond to SMS or messages from social networks without having to open the apps themselves. The same is true for e-mail, alarm clock, reminders, and other applications. Through interactive notifications, you can interact with programs, without having to open them in full-screen and not turning off a running program. For example, if you come to the iPhone SMS, you can respond to it directly in the window with the notification. The same applies to social networks: if someone wrote a post on Facebook, you can layknut it in a popup window, without running the client.


Like it or not, the ability to respond to the event directly from the pop-up warning – this is exactly what was missing after appeared in iOS Notification Center. Can only be rightly indignant: “Why was not this done before?”

4 Smart Keyboard

While Apple has provided an interface for the development of “non-native” keyboards, staffing application will be a worthy alternative to the high-speed methods of typing due to Predictive. In addition to the auto-correction, familiar from previous versions of iOS, the keyboard is not only completes the first letters of the word, but also predicts the next word based on the context of the message. Taking into account the content of the dialogue and the recipient’s name. In addition, over time, the application keeps track of user brushwork in different programs, so that the proposed expression differed in business correspondence and in an SMS. The only pity is that the Russian language is not yet supported.


5. Continuity

Handoff – it is almost inseparable from the life of your devices. When the iPhone or iPad on iOS 8 is next to the Mac, the function allows you to start work on one Apple device and finish on another. Everything happens automatically when the devices are attached to the same account iCloud. Handoff works in native applications, Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. And developers can embed Handoff in their own programs.


For example, you can open a web page or a map on your phone and continue from the same point on the Mac. Or, for example, to transfer from iPhone to laptop letter to quickly finish it on a device with a comfortable keyboard. Imagine that somewhere in a traffic jam on you found inspiration, and his hands instinctively started sketching designs for future presentations on your iPad. When they reached the house, you are transferring for Mac and continue to work with the last saved point. Then’re going to walk the dog and apply the finishing touches on the iPhone. With technology Handoff in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 it became a reality.

Besides Continuity allows you to make and receive calls from your iPhone to your Mac or iPad. The main thing that a smartphone must be connected to the same network Wi-Fi. Likewise operate SMS-message. And if you do not have access to the Internet via Wi-Fi, iPad or Mac, you can easily connect to the web through the iPhone with the function Instant Hotspot.

See also:

All the main functions of 8 iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
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8 functions iOS 8 borrowed from Android
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