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Apple Unveils iOS 8 With iCloud Photo Library, New Messages Features, Health App and More

Apple Unveils iOS 8 With iCloud Photo Library, New Messages Features, Health App and More

Posted June 2, 2014 at 7:28pm by iClarified · 38642 views
Apple has officially unveiled iOS 8 with the new iCloud photo library, Messages Features, Health App and More

Apple today unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience, including iCloud Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and an entirely new Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard; Family Sharing, the easiest way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.

Apple Unveils iOS 8 With iCloud Photo Library, New Messages Features, Health App and More

“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

iCloud Photo Library
In iOS 8, the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library give you access to all of your photos and videos anytime, anywhere. Your photos are easy to find and are organized consistently across your enabled devices. The Photos app can automatically straighten horizons and with smart editing tools, you can quickly adjust light and color or access individual tools for deeper fine-tuning. With iCloud Photo Library, every adjustment and effect is automatically updated across your devices.

Apple Unveils iOS 8 With iCloud Photo Library, New Messages Features, Health App and More

Conversations in Messages become more immersive with the ability to communicate with just a swipe. Tap to Talk allows you to share your voice and the same simple gesture also works for sharing videos and photos within Messages. Group messaging now gives you the ability to add and remove contacts, leave a conversation and the option to not be disturbed. Users can easily browse through all of the photos and videos within a conversation and share multiple photos and videos at once. You can choose to share your current location from within Messages for an hour, a day or longer.

The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place. iOS 8 offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For example, the Nike+ apps using NikeFuel will be able to pull in other key HealthKit metrics such as sleep and nutrition to build a custom user profile and improve athletic performance.

New predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter and more personalized, and intelligently takes context into account, such as who the recipient is and in which app you’re typing. QuickType understands the way you communicate, suggesting favorite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps. What the keyboard learns is encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud.

Family Sharing
iOS 8 introduces Family Sharing, making it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household. Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases. Up to six members can participate, each with their own Apple ID. Parents can create Apple IDs for children, which includes Ask to Buy, requiring parental permission for purchases. Family Sharing automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream, shared calendar and provides an option for locating family members and their devices.

iCloud Drive
With iCloud Drive, documents of any type can be safely stored, accessed and edited across your devices. Make edits on one device and the most up-to-date version of your documents will be available across all devices, whether an iOS device, Mac, Windows PC or on iCloud Drive brings a whole new level of collaboration between apps, providing seamless access and the ability to work on the same file across multiple apps.

For Enterprise, iOS 8 builds on the new IT model for a mobilized workforce by improving the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed or restricted. iOS 8 offers expanded security and management improvements as well as new productivity features, including an expanded level of data protection for key built-in apps, the ability to set your out of office response, see your colleague’s availability when scheduling a meeting and support for configurable Thread Notifications in Mail.

Additional iOS 8 features include:
• design enhancements that build off the stunning interface of iOS 7, bringing interactive notifications, quick access to key contacts, the ability to quickly switch back and forth between the inbox and drafts in Mail, as well as intelligent suggestions;
• extended Spotlight capabilities that give you results beyond what’s on your device, including articles from Wikipedia, findings from the news and results from places nearby; and
• greater continuity between iPhone, iPad and Mac, including Handoff to start an activity on one device and finish on another, along with Instant Hotspot and the ability to make and receive calls and send SMS and MMS messages from your Mac or iPad.

iOS 8 is available to all developers starting today. It will be available to the public starting in the fall.
Supported devices include iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.

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Nicko - June 4, 2014 at 12:20am
I switched to an iPhone and MacBook in 08 and 11 respectively. At first I was drawn to Apple for their offering of innovations. Then I thought I was seeing the other techs catching up. Interestingly though I realised that it was not about advancement or early adoption and innovation so much as it was important to have ones which always worked in the way you expect them to. Otherwise innovations become increasingly redundant. Apple mucked that up royally with Maps however. A major blemish on an otherwise fairly-speaking "flawless record". I always got Jobs' analogy that computer products should be like appliances. Turn them on and they work as expected. I got fed up with open source styled computing with all the tinkering and rawness it came with. Despite the fun of building a legacy system, over clocking plug n play etc. The thing was it was ugly and unrefined. Sure it was cheaper and more customizable. But as I got older I matured to the fact that I didn't have time for tinkering. I just wanted to get on with my life. Apple solves that brief the best, for me, if all people were created equal and without individual difference if say one way of doing things would be all we needed. Apple suits certain kinds of people. You either get it or you don't.
Ren - June 4, 2014 at 12:25am
That's exactly why you can change what you don't want or ignore it, but anyway we have jailbreak but as for osx maybe apple can keep the old style or add the dock and icons to the list of things you can customize with like the current one, mavericks.
T Hui
T Hui - June 3, 2014 at 10:49pm
I don't like that people have to bash others for what they like or what their opinion is. Let's be more civilized. I totally agree with Troll Hater. U have to look at the big picture for everything. In Apple's case, they can careless about market share but care only about profit margins. That is why their products are more expensive. Plus, it is not about whether a feature or product is the first to launch, but QUALITY. Apple doesn't normally want to rush things and come out with bad quality in their product. Plus, most most of the stuff that they copy aren't patented or they would be sued for everything.
Chris - June 3, 2014 at 8:45pm
All this features have been on Windows Phone and Android OS for about two years now. Sorry Apple but your market share will go down faster than expected.
Bright Side
Bright Side - June 3, 2014 at 9:48pm
Some of these haven't worked well or been unveiled like some expected. Your mental disability is already getting worse than it seems.
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