Hey Apple fans!


iOS 8 update is now available for download. According to Apple, this update is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, with hundreds of new features including new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive and more.



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This update contains hundreds of new features, including the following:


Messages improvements

  • Tap to Talk to send your voice, a video or a photo with just a swipe
  • Group messaging options to name a conversation, add a contact, remove a contact, or leave a conversation
  • New details view with Do Not Disturb, location sharing and attachments view


Photos improvements

  • Smart editing tools to adjust light and color with a swipe
  • Fine-tune controls to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more
  • Search by date, location, or album name or use smart suggestions
  • Smart albums for Slo-mo videos, Bursts, Panoramas, and Time-lapse
  • Third-party photo filters and editing tools supported directly in Photos
  • Your photos and metadata from iPhoto will be migrated to Photos. Books, Journals and Slideshows will be converted to albums containing only photos. iPhoto for iOS is not supported on devices running iOS 8 or later.


Camera improvements

  • Time-lapse mode
  • Capture timer
  • Adjust exposure with a simple nudge to lighten or darken a photo prior to capture
  • Burst mode on front facing camera on iPhone 5s
  • Panorama for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display


QuickType keyboard

  • Predictive typing personalized to your writing style, and customized based on the recipient and the app
  • Predictive is available in English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Thai
  • Third-party keyboard support



  • New Health app with easy-to-read dashboard of health and fitness data
  • Ability to share health data with apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness
  • Add a Medical ID with information about allergies, medical conditions, and more with the option to make accessible from the lock screen
  • Available on iPhone and iPod touch


Family Sharing

  • Share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases with up to six members of your family.
  • Pay for family purchases with a single credit card and approve purchases by children with Ask to Buy
  • Easily share family photos, a family calendar, locations and more


iCloud Drive

  • Store all your documents in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC
  • Share the same file across multiple compatible apps
  • Edits you make on one device update on all your devices automatically


Continuity features so your iPhone, iPad, and Mac work together more seamlessly

  • Handoff to continue what you’re doing as you move from one device to another
  • Make and receive calls and send and receive SMS or MMS messages on your iPad or Mac
  • Instant Hotspot to automatically use your cellular connection to get online with your other devices
  • AirDrop compatibility with OS X Yosemite
  • Available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)


Spotlight improvements

  • Displays suggestions from Wikipedia entries, places nearby, movies (US only), popular web sites, App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store
  • Safari also supports Spotlight suggestions alongside Top Hit and search suggestions
  • Supported for local languages in US, UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland


Mail improvements

  • Easily jump between drafts and your inbox with a simple swipe down on the draft
  • Intelligent suggestions for Calendar events and Contacts
  • VIP threads


Siri improvements

  • Improvements to responsiveness, reliability and accuracy
  • “Hey, Siri” option to initiate Siri using just your voice when your device is plugged in
  • Streaming voice recognition
  • Works with Shazam to answer “What song is playing?”
  • Purchase content from iTunes Store


Safari improvements

  • DuckDuckGo search engine support
  • Private browsing per tab
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds in Shared Links
  • Use Camera to scan and enter credit card info


Maps improvements

  • Flyover city tours
  • Maps place cards in Phone and Contacts
  • Inline map view and travel time notifications for Calendar events


App Store improvements

  • New Explore tab for easier category browsing
  • Top trending searches displayed in Search tab
  • Scrolling search results
  • App video previews
  • Editors’ Choice badges

Other improvements

  • Quick access to key contacts in multitasking view
  • Interactive Notifications for Messages, Mail, Calendar, Reminders and enabled third-party apps
  • New Tips app to help you do more with your iOS devices
  • iBooks app built into iOS, now with auto night mode and new organization for book series
  • Podcasts app built into iOS
  • Battery usage by app
  • iCloud Keychain can use saved website passwords to easily sign in to associated apps
  • FaceTime Audio call waiting
  • Rich text editing in Notes
  • Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback


Are you ready to update to iOS 8? Here are some things to check before you get started:

  • Back up your iDevice to iCloud or iTunes.
  • Make sure your iDevice has enough available space to install the update. Use iTunes to update if you don't have space, or remove content from your iDevice. Tap Settings > General > Usage to see how much space your content uses.


Update your iDevice wirelessly:

The easiest way to update your iDevice is wirelessly, also called "over the air" (OTA).

  1. Plug in your iDevice to a power source.
  2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install to download the update. Updates might download automatically while your device is connected to WiFi and a power source.
  4. Tap Install when the download completes, or tap Later to install the update later. If your device is passcode enabled, it will ask you to enter the passcode before installing the update.


Update your iDevice using iTunes:

Follow these steps if you can't update wirelessly, or if you want to update with iTunes.

  1. If you use your iDevice's Personal Hotspot for your computer's internet connection, update your iDevice wirelessly or connect your computer to another network.
  2. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  3. Plug in your iDevice to your computer.
  4. In iTunes, select your device.
  5. In the Summary pane, click Check for Update.
  6. Click Download and Update.


Have you instaled iOS 8? Let us know your first-hand impressions in the comments section below.


Source: support.apple.com


NOTE: This post is for the sole purpose of informing our Apple fans regarding the release of iOS 8. Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222