iOS 8 Under the Hood

Thu 30 October 2014 Written by Evi

Apple seems to update iOS so often now that it can be hard to keep track of what’s going on. The last release of iOS 7, iOS 7.0.4 , was a fairly cosmetic update with no major shifts in functionality. iOS 8 on the other hand has taken the iOS 7 platform and built substantially on it.

7 New Things That You'll Find in iOS 8

  1. Continuity – This begins with iOS 8 and is likely to improve further still with OS X Yosemite. It’s the idea that you'll be using multiple Apple devices and they should all reflect what you have done and what you want to do now. The first clear step in the right direction is that AirDrop functionality will now be extended to the Mac so that all your Apple devices operate seamlessly.
  2. Instant Tethering – Want to grab something on one device from another? If you synch them all to the same iCloud account – you can. No passwords, no messing around, just grab a file from your Mac while you’re on your iPhone or iPad or indeed vice-versa.
  3. Handoff – you’ve been working on the iPad on the train to work; you walk into the office and you want to pick up where you left off on the Mac on your desk… now you can. Handoff’s a proximity related service that lets you bump work from one device to another instantly.
  4. Extensibility – Apple’s new iOS also relaxes controls on data flow between third party applications without compromising security. This means you can follow your workflow without all those annoying workarounds you’ve been using.
  5. Sharing Extensions – This is a must for social media users. No more cutting and pasting links between social media platforms and other applications. One button publication on any network from any application that works with “Share Sheets” is easy and straightforward now.
  6. iCloud Drive and Document Picker – Apple never really offered much of a facility for sorting and easily viewing any file type except photographs. This is a major change in iOS 8 and it dramatically cuts down on tiresome workarounds and accidental duplicate creation of documents, etc.
  7. Quick Type Keyboards – Apple’s keyboards have always been state of the art and the new release is no exception. This is a multi-lingual predictive keyboard which tries to predict your train of thought and substantially reduce the keying you have to do.

There’s a lot more in this release of iOS 8 and these are just a few of our favorite features. It has to be said that I am a little disappointed that there’s still no “Close All Button” for applications (making switching everything down a laborious manual process and one that seems unnecessary) and that Hey Siri has to be plugged in rather than just being there - but in end iOS 8 offers a lot of great new functionality that significantly enhances the value of all Apple’s offerings.