Everything You Need to Know Before You Download iOS 8

Back to Blog  •  Posted on October 9, 2014 by admin

One of the biggest pieces of news surrounding the tech world is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released for sale on Friday, September 19, 2014. These new smartphones have been the biggest hits yet for Apple. Also, along with the new iPhones, a brand new mobile operating system has been released in the form of iOS 8. iOS 8 was first announced by Apple on June 2, 2014 at WWDC and its first beta version was released that same day. In September, iOS 8 was officially released to the public and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included it out of the box. In addition, the iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 and 4S, all iPads from the 2 to the most current version and the iPod touch 5th generation are capable of being upgraded to iOS 8.

It is important to know what to expect from iOS 8 before installing it onto your iDevices. This is largely because there have been a few flaws uncovered since its release. However, there are also great new features included in Apple’s latest mobile operating system that you will want to learn all about so that you can get the most out of your download.

iOS 8 doesn’t look any different than iOS 7. It still features the bright and colorful flat icons that give iDevices a fresher, newer look than all previous versions of the operating system. Features from iOS 7 that have been continued include AirDrop, Instant Hotspot, calling and SMS and MMS across all devices.

It is now easier than ever to send video and audio messages with new touch and hold controls. Family sharing allows as many as six people to combine all their content, even with different Apple IDs. However, it is a requirement that the same credit or debit card be linked to all the respective accounts to use the feature.

Third party keyboards are supported in the new iOS 8, which is a hugely welcome feature to many users. The operating system supports the Swype feature that has been present on Android for years and makes typing even faster and easier on iDevices.

Of course, there are some aspects of iOS 8 that you might find to not be too great that might make you want to wait to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Many users have complained about battery life suffering since updating to it. Photos are a big issue as well, with the iCloud Photo Library being a new feature. Now, it is only possible to view the latest images on your device, making it tricky to locate your library of photos as you are automatically taken to the “Albums” area. However, clicking on “Photos” will take you to all of your images, and you merely have to scroll up to see older ones.

Health is a new feature that many users will enjoy. It is a place to store all of your health and fitness information. You can also create an emergency card for any medical emergencies you might have in the future so the information is readily available in certain situations.

There is also now NFC or near-field communication support in iOS 8, although it is only possible to use it with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus as older devices lack the necessary hardware. This feature is found in the Passport app and allows you to store credit or debit card information as well as digital coupons or store cards for the convenience of making purchases through your iPhone in stores.