iOS Eight Updates And Specs

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Go out with the old, come in with the new. This was the theme of last year’s iOS update, known as iOS 7, which launched a new flat Design. Although Apple has also integrated new features, it was clear that the company was mainly focused on the facelift of its mobile operating system and on creating the conditions for future updates – the first of which will be released tomorrow. iOS 8 builds on last year’s software and offers a host of new features, including third-party keyboards, camera controls, widgets, home automation, health and fitness tools and the ability to interact with other apps.

With each new Version of iOS, there are one or two aging devices that do not receive the update. Overall, iOS 8 is compatible with iPhone 4S and after, iPad 2 and after, iPad mini and the fifth generation iPod touch. It will be available for free download from tomorrow, September 17th.

As usual, some devices support iOS 8, but do not use the full list of features. For example, the new health app will only be available for iPhones (4s and after) and the fifth-generation iPod touch. Meaning, no iPad support. In addition, the continuity feature, which allows you to transfer content from the phone to the desktop (and vice versa), is only available for the iPhone 5 and after, the recent iPod touch, the fourth generation iPad and after, as well as both iPad mini.

User Interface/Layout

Last year’s release of iOS 7 was the first major overhaul of the operating system since Apple launched the original iPhone. And this was a welcome change: after six years, the operating system was slowly feeling stale. Nevertheless, the new Look also brought a learning curve. The flat Design of iOS 7 is prettier and more colorful, but the cartoonish appearance and confusing layout were difficult to get used to – damn, there is no shortage of Tumblr that deal with the flaws of the system to the smallest detail.

To be fair, a lot of the focus on iOS 7 has been on updating developers during the design review. iOS 8, on the other hand, is about adding features to the iPhone and iPad. As a result, this time you will not see many significant changes in the layout or design of iOS. In fact, you may not even be able to tell the difference between iOS 7 and 8, unless you look carefully. But make no mistake: there are a lot of new things under the hood.

There is a feature gap between Mac and mobile, and Apple has been trying to close it for years. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, the company introduced Continuity, which allows both operating systems to communicate with each other, as long as they are connected to the same network and logged in with the same Apple ID. Continuity allows you to start something on one device and finish it on another. You can send and receive calls on your MacBook when your iPhone is in the other room. Finally, you can use Airdrop to share files between multiple devices.

Suppose you are reading a long article on the train while you are on your way to work, but you cannot finish it on time. When you enter the desktop and turn on your Mac, you will see an icon on the left side of the dock that did not exist before. Click on it and the same article is now on Yosemite in your Safari browser. This is what Apple calls “transfers” that can be used for many of the company’s native applications: Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Safari, reminders/notes, iWorks and even maps. But what if you are at the other end of your path – on the way home from a long day at the office? Before closing your laptop, look at the lock screen of your iDevice and at the bottom left you will see a bright icon. Swipe up from there and when you unlock the device, you go directly into the room you read on the MacBook.

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