Apple Announces the New iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

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Apple has pulled the covers off this year’s major OS update for iOS at WWDC 2014 with the new iOS 8.

The new update brings dozens incremental, as well as several features build from the ground up.

Statistics

Apple has announced that the number of iOS users has reached 800 million, with 130 million of those getting pulled in just last year. IPhone sales have reached 500 million overall, with the iPad and iPod Touch touching 200 and 100 million figures respectively.

We couldn’t be happier with the momentum of iOS.

Tim Cook also bragged about an industry-leading 97% satisfaction rate for iOS, as well as an 89% conversion rate to iOS 7, compared to just 9% on KitKat. 99% of malware is also found on Android, Apple maintained.

Number of titles in the App Store has reached 1.2 million while total downloads have now passed 75 billion.

Interactive Notifications

On to the features now and the new iOS 8 comes with new interactive notifications, meaning that you’ll be able to carry out an action as soon as you receive an alert, straight from the task bar.

For instance, upon receiving a text message, you’ll be able to reply straight from the task bar, while in case of a Facebook notification, you’ll be able to like or comment on the new post instantly. This feature works from the lock screen too.

QuickType Keyboard

Apple’s much despised keyboard has also seen a new predictive text input with the new QuickType feature. The system keeps learning all time and also suggests appropriate, contextual replies based on the given scenario.

Finally, you also get the choice of installing a third-party keyboard. Steve would not have allowed that though.

Handoff

Handoff is the successor to the AirDrop feature on iOS, which allows you to control your iPhone via your MacBook but with greater control now, as well as the usual real-time editing.

You’ll get call notifications on you Mac, as well as the ability to type text messages or even receive phone calls. The new features are to be found as a part of OS X Yosemite, which will be made available this fall.

Siri

Siri can now start up just by calling “Hey Siri”. (Google would like to have a word here.) It also comes with Shazam Integration, allowing you to get the name of the song playing in your background faster than ever. We understand that a lot of you secretly wanted that.

HealthKit

iOS 8 has finally seen the inclusion of the much-awaited Health and Fitness app, Health. The app monitors a large number of metrics, either it be your workout habits or sleep. It already has partners such as Nike who monitor and put all of your data in one place.

The integrated M7 chip in the iPhone 5S helps in the collection of all this data. Apple has also partnered with a few hospitals to provide doctors with all the detailed reports they need of their patients.

HomeKit

We’re also seeing the inclusion of a central framework for a smart and connected home. The company has worked with a wide range of companies on this service.

Firstly, HomeKit will allow users to control their appliances, light bulbs and the lot using their iPhones. Secondly, they’ll also be able to get better security, with the ability to lock or unlock using your iOS device. The system will allow you to group your devices, meaning that a single command will allow you to dim the lights of a single floor of your home, and more.

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is Apple’s answer to DropBox and the lot. And it’s a lot more sophisticated. Starting with the usual stuff, the you’ll be able to start PDFs, spreadsheets etc. on a single device and continue them on the other seamlessly, without the need to stop.

Apps are also more intelligent due to this constant syncing. Since apps also share their data with the other apps on your iOS device, you can start your work through a single app and carry from the other with no hassle whatsoever.

Miscellaneous

The new photo app allows you to make changes to a single image across all your devices. For instance, you can edit an image on your iPad and get the final version across all your devices.

Double-tapping on the home button also brings up your recent contacts now in the form of small circles at the top of the screen. Widgets are also making an entrance, though they’ll still be seen only on the notification center and not on the homescreen.

TouchID, Apple’s famed fingerprint scanner, will finally be available to third-party apps. A new feature, Family Sharing, will allow six members of a family to share their iTunes purchases. They’ll have to use a single credit card for this to work.

Email client is updated and made faster, having got the ability to dismiss unimportant emails with a swipe. Spotlight is also given a boost, and is much more functional and deeper than before.

Lastly, there is a lot more potential for app developers to show their spark in iOS 8. The new OS version doesn’t only give them much more control and penetrating power, with features like SceneKit, SpriteKit and Metal (which brings a 10x performance boost) they’ll be able to further fill the void between console gaming and mobile applications. An example of this was shown in a breathtaking demo by Epic Games.

Availability

iOS 8 will be available in a wide range of devices, starting from the iPad 2, iPad Mini and the iPhone 4S to the latest iPhone 5s and the iPad Air. As usual, it will hit devices this fall.

While its true that for the most part, Apple has tried to catch up with the competition, users most-probably will welcome these changes.


  • Panda

    And its SDK includes more than 4000 APIs for developers… this is pretty interesting. Apps going to be more amazing

  • Naveed ur Rehman

    One thing which is making apple leading company is that they regularly releasing updates and their strategy is every year they bring big update for iOS devices and drop one old device. The most important things in iOS 8 are third party widgets and new interactive notifications.

  • Ali Tahir

    People can hate Apple all they want but the best thing about them is the lifecycle for each phone they produce. My 3 ayear old 4S is going to be updated to iOS 8 whereas my barely 2 year old HTC One X (flagship of that year) is stuck on Android 4.2

    • Amir

      You are right but Apple doesn’t face fragmentation issues as Android.

    • Naveed ur Rehman

      same here :/ my 4s is ready for iOS 8 and S3 got Android 4.3 after long period… :(

    • Sohaib

      Tried updating my iPhone 4 to iOS 7 last year. The lag was unbearable..

      • Mohammad Mudassir

        Seriously? :/
        I’ve using my iPhone 4s on iOS 7 and I don’t have any complains regarding lag etc. a little bit of lag is there but then even high end android devices do lag sometimes. :D
        BTW, i’m currently running iOS 7.0.6 on it.
        you can upgrade to iOS 7.1 if you’d like because Apple has really optimize and fasten the animations, transitions speed etc.
        but then again, no jailbreak is available for iOS 7.1 which makes it kill the beat.
        An iDevice without jailbreak = no good to me. :(

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      bhai itnay phone rakhay bhi hain k ainwen he lagay ho :D

      • Ali Tahir

        Tukka lagao tukka :p

    • ahmiq

      Just got my Huwaei Ascend p6 updated to Kitkat 4.4.2

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        ACHAAWW

  • Nisar

    good features. Android will cry badly here

    • panjgoori

      Most of them copied from other OS’s

  • Mohsin Mustufa

    i dont think that Android will ever compete with IOS Performance

    • Mustafa

      Hahaha Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat beat iPhone 5s with iOS 7 . First time ever Android beat iOS . Android is NOW totally better than iOS and yes I am talking about PURE Android only . :)

      • Mohsin Mustufa

        lets seee

      • Mohsin Mustufa

        lets seee

  • Mohsin Mustufa

    No Major Changes in UI

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    I agreed regarding software life cycle of android but the fact is android has now integerated in our life for instance home appliances like smart tvs, iptv setup boxes, even air conditioners, refrigerators & car navigation systems are now loaded with android. Android is still widely used OS.

  • soulpk

    Its the beauty of Apple. They always come up with a quality product. The maturity of iOS is far more than Android.

  • Burgerman

    You missed out on the biggest news. Apple introduced new coding language. Swift. It is going to revolutionize the mobile app programming industry.

  • Khurram ShahzAd

    Does Apple mentioned a release date or something?

    • Muhammad Aamir

      iOS 8 beta 1 has been released; you can download it easily.

    • Zulqarnain Nizamani

      I think developer edition is available but for public it will be available this fall , November December

  • Guest

    I am unable to understand the technology of Andriod in Samsung Galaxy S5.The technology is that, If you turn on Wifi and you are using 3G at the same time, then speed will be the sum of your Wifi and 3G. It means that if your Wifi speed is 4Mbps and your network’s 3G is offering 1Mbps then total,speed will be 5Mbps. I have read the article in the internet.I am amazed.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      its just an app, app is available at XDA made by some developer also and work on other flagships.

      • Guest

        How does it possible? 2 IP addresses at the same time?

        • Guest

          If it happens, then if we attach two EVO USB dongle in a PC then their speed will be the sum and I will get high speed. Is there any such software for Windows?

          • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

            Not for windows but in Android because you can do whatever you want with Android.Open source and windows is not open source.Maybe they could but only by themself

            • Zulqarnain Nizamani

              Dr sahab connectify dispatch itna old software hai windows ka , main to chalata bhi rehta hoon agar connection hon mere pas to

              • Ibraheem

                Dr Shahb be naqli hain :D

              • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

                mobile main ? windows…

                • Zulqarnain Nizamani

                  Sir windows pc main

                  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

                    windows mobile main jub aesa koi aya to batana.shyaed ye post mobiles sy related hai

                    • Zulqarnain Nizamani

                      nhn btaonga , yh iOS related post hai :p

            • Taha Najam

              If you don’t know about something, it’s better to keep quiet.

            • Taha Najam

              If you don’t know about something, it’s better to keep quiet.

              • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

                same to you

          • Zulqarnain Nizamani

            yes connectify dispatch

            • Guest

              Thanks Zulqarnain Nizamani! I had been looking for such software for billions of years.Thanks again.

  • ……

    Bhai ye ios 8, andriod k liey kab arai h ? :/

    • Taha Najam

      LOL

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      Samsung na next Flagship ajae ga jub us main iphone kay sub features milen gay

  • saaim

    apple fanboys are biggest jokers

  • Waleed

    Anybody please don’t install iOS 8. I registered my UDID last year and installed iOS 8 beta 1 yesrerday. Its just a crap, really sucks ! Battery performance is weird! (iPhone 5)
    30% battery decrease in 10 minutes. Plus the iCloud settings crashes, even alot ofore bugs are the part of iOS 8. I mean not normal or small bugs, but big bugs in this beta, more than any beta in past. I don’t recommend, i have moved back to iOS 7.1.1 now, and its nice again. I will wait for 16 July when iOS 8 beta 2 will be released and beta 1 will expire (locking the iPhones)
    Hope there would be alot of fixes, and at least better battery improvement.
    By the way QuickReply sms feature is cool, but slow.. :/

    • sonic_rm

      That’s why its called ‘Beta’ :)

      Its working fine on iPad’s btw (I installed it and have been using it for the past couple of days) with no major issues.