Apple unveiled its much awaited iOS 8 mobile operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014, amid much fanfare and media interest from tech journalists across the globe. It was announced that the company will roll out the official release to the excited public sometime during this year’s fall. Along with the announcement, Apple also introduced the iOS beta 4 build to the developers on the same day, which incidentally was the fourth beta release shared with mobile app programmers.
The iOS 8 preview at WWDC showcased several interesting new features in the world’s most anticipated operating system launch. One of those were included in the “Continuity” bundle that is reported to be designed for seamless connectivity between Mac desktops, laptops, and iPhone and iPads. The tech boffins called the new interface something “like never before”, and accordingly the crowd went wild with applause at the brilliant unveiling ceremony. Let’s discuss some of the never seen before features of the upcoming Apple iOS.
Apple’s 2014 WWDC presentation involved a lot of features dedicated at improving the integration between the Mac OS X Yosemite and soon to be launched iOS 8. Handoff is a set of features that increase communication between the Mac OS and iOS 8. For starters, it allows a user to start a task on one device and finish it on the other. Sounds easy and simple, but imagine the perfect harmony when you are writing something on your iPad in morning and finish it on your office Mac.
Handoff is enabled by default with the condition that all the Apple devices, iPhone, iPad or Mac are signed in with the same Apple iCloud account. As per a report, Handoff can also be used on third party applications, along with stock apps like Calendar, Contacts, Numbers, Mail, Safari, Pages,, Keynote, Maps, Messages and Reminders. Further, iPads and Macs will be able to connect instantly with an iPhone’s personal hotspot using the new Instant Hotspot feature coming with the iOS 8.
Phone & Messages
The upcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system is trimmed to connect effortlessly with OS X Yosemite. The best part is that devices using the iOS 8 (Mac and iPad) can make or receive phone calls provide that they are using the same WiFi as the iPhone. Quite fantastic, don’t you think?
Users receive incoming call notifications, including caller’s name, number and profile picture on their iPad or Mac systems without checking their phones, besides can attend or reject from the same screen as well. Further, users can also make calls from their iPad or Mac systems by tapping on a contact number from the default Contacts or Calendar app, or even Safari. This feature also allows users to send and receive texts and multimedia messages from a non-Apple device, which is somewhat entirely new for iOS.
Apple shed light on the new “Notification Center” at the launch of iOS beta version 4 for developers at the WWDC event. The new operating system has been given interactive notifications – a la Android feature, but with a revamped scheme. Apple users will now be able to reply to texts, emails and calendar reminders right within the notification pane. This means that you can continue using an app and don’t need to switch apps or leave the current one for replying to a text or a calendar reminder.
It is believed that interactive notifications will also work with third party apps, such as Facebook,Twitter, etc., making it possible for users to like or comment on a status from the notification pane itself. iOS 8 apps will now be be able to install widgets within the notification center, besides having the ability to add new separate modules to the existing sections for Calendars and Stocks as well.
Apple’s stock Message app will come with a much wanted feature – leave group conversations. The iOS 8 will allow users to add and remove users from group conversations at will, making it the fulfillment of one of the most desired features in the upcoming operating system release. The company claims that it will be much easier to add and remove contacts from group messages, whereas “Do Not Disturb” mode lets one to mute group message conversations whenever necessary.
The new iOS 8 messaging app has been created with full voice recording support that has an extremely suave interface as the icing on cake. Voice recording can be initiated with a new microphone button and sent with a simple swipe on screen. Video messages can also be shared in the same format and style. Further, the upcoming iOS 8 release will allow users to send multiple photos and videos in a single message, as compared to separate messages in the present version.
Author Bio: Vijay Gaur works as Business Development Head with Moability, and has 14+ years of industry experience with a proven track record in contemporary IT solutions. He is considered a cross-domain expert in web and mobile applications, and likes to pen his thoughts regarding the latest technology trends that catch his attention on his blog. He can also be reached on Twitter as @Vijay_Moability.