iOS 8, an advanced Android
All rumors can be laid to rest now that the keynote is done. Apple yesterday opened its annual WWDC event for over 1000 developers. Apple unveiled the new iOS 8 software for iPads, iPhones and iPod devices at its annual developers conference in San Francisco. Developers will be the first to get a test version.
The new features in iOS 8 point to a very organised Android operating system as many of the features provided were for a while available in Android. I am saying this because i own and Android device now, Sony Xperia P which serves me well. But with the new features below, i will definitely shift once its released with new iPhone 6.
Apple has been pushing fitness and health apps, such as the one associated with Nike’s FuelBand. Basically with healthkit, your iPhone pulls together data from different health-related apps into one place, creating a comprehensive profile for the user. It also lets the users send health information to doctors at selected hospitals. It’s easy to see this being a prominent feature when (and if) the long-rumored iWatch is released that could be used to detect all this health related signals such as heartbeat, blood pressure and blood glucose.
HomeKit is a progressive step toward turning your smartphone into a remote control for the connected devices in your home. Apple has partnered with lots of third-party folks on the app. Unfortunately Nest is not on the list. Nest was purchased by Google last year. By pulling all of those apps’ abilities together in one place, HomeKit will let users control their garage doors, locks, lights, cameras and thermostats with their phone.
A new keyboard
Google calls it predictive text, but Apple’s giving it a go with QuickType. This is the feature i would love most and is my favourite at the writing of this post. The keyboard feature presumably will make sending messages quicker by guessing what you’re writing before you finish writing it, letting you tap and move on to the next word. Phones on Android already have this. But Apple promises that QuickType will learn your language habits, including how you text in different message threads.
With this one, Apple catches up on another feature already used by Android owners. Interactive Notifications let you respond to things such as text messages, Facebook posts in which you’re tagged and appointment reminders without leaving the app you’re currently using. iOS 8’s version looks pretty smooth. It even lets you tap to reply with a voice recording, image or video without abandoning that game you like most.
Finally, iOS 8 now supports third-party widgets in the Notification Center. This marks the first time widgets wiggle to Apple’s mobile operating system. Though not on the homepage, users can interact with widgets straight from the Center, biding on eBay items and the like.
Samsung has its health application famous with the Galaxy S5 and android is bundled with this features in various ways. Nevertheless, Apple has engineered one of its best step ahead in enhancing its users features.
Other features include:
iOS 8 family sharing lets users share purchased iTunes goods and photos with up to six family members. Parents have control over purchases their kids try to make in that they can approve them or not.
iCloud Photo Library
Apple will now offer more storage for all your photos and videos in the cloud with access to them from any device in iOS 8.
The iCloud Photo Library also will include a “smart” editing feature that lets users slide their finger to adjust multiple effects at the same time. For example, the app will allow you to tweak light, contrast and color on photos, with every adjustment automatically updated across all your devices.
Managing Mail has also become easier; on iOS 8 swiping slightly on a message lets users flag it with color-coded indicators while swiping all the way deletes the message. Conveniently, users can also now access other inbox messages while composing an email.