Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 6, and its new operating system is jam-packed with cool features. Here’s what you need to know about iOS 8.
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1. iOS 8 Debuted at WWDC
See the hidden features of iOS 8 in the video above.
While the public launch of iOS 8 is still a little ways off, Beta testers and Apple insiders have been playing around with iOS 8 since earlier this summer. iOS 8 was featured at Apple’s WWDC event earlier this year, but the iPhone 6 is expected to give the OS a big boost and grow its user base. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will ship with iOS 8 installed.
2. iOS 8 Has Cool Health Features & Apple Watch Compatibility
iOS 8 will include a Health app, as well as functionality to interpret data from the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has been designed to work with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S. There are two sizes, three finishes, and multiple bands. The Apple Watch will start at $349. The Apple Watch can monitor your activity level, your heart rate, and also works with a number of fitness app platforms.
3. iOS 8’s Best Feature Might Be Handoff
Go hands-on with Handoff in the video above.
Handoff is a great feature in iOS 8 that lets you start a task on your iPhone, and finish it on your computer. For example, if you are walking in to your office while composing an email on your iPhone, iOS 8 will notice that you are approaching your desk, and let you have the option to finish that email on your desktop computer.
Another feature that has the same ability to boost your productivity is Continuity. In iOS 8, Continuity means that you can seamlessly move from one Apple device to the next during tasks. For example, can make and receive phone calls on your iPhone running iOS 8 if you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as someone. You can also make a phone call from your iPad or Mac over Wi-Fi. This all works from your existing phone number, without you having to do anything special to set it up.
4. QuickType Will Use Predictive Text to Save You Time
QuickType is gonna be a huge time-saver for anyone on iOS 8. QuickType learns your typing habits and your unique conversation style with each person that you talk to, meaning it can make typing suggestions that are tailored to each conversation you have. Your conversation data is kept only on your device, which is good news for the privacy-obsessed.
5. You Can Get iOS 8 Later This Month
iOS 8 will debut two days before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are released, on September 17. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will ship with iOS 8 installed. According to CNET, all iPhones from the 4s onward will be capable of running iOS 8.
Note that not all iOS 8 features will be available on launch day. Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US as a free update to iOS 8 this October. Unfortunately, the update won’t be available right on release day.