1. Third-party keyboards:
One of the main iOS 8 features that Apple introduced at WWDC 2014 is support for third-party keyboards, a type of application many iOS users have been waiting for. While some keyboard app developers including Swype, Fleksy, SwiftKey and Adaptxt have already confirmed plans to launch such apps in the future, TouchPal has gone ahead and released a video of its own keyboard app for iOS 8.
2. iPhone and Mac always work hand in hand: iPhone, iPad and Mac are always connected.
Apple is set to bring Mac OS X and iOS closer than ever with a brand new set of features called Continuity. But what is Continuity? And what will you be able to do using Continuity for iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite? This article looks at what new features Continuity will bring to the Mac, iPhone and iPad this autumn.
Continuity is an umbrella term Apple is using for a stunning range of new features that bring the iOS and Mac OS X devices closer than ever before. With Continuity, you will be able to seamlessly shift between Mac OS X and iOS devices, picking up on one device right where you left off on the other.Continuity is a classic Apple feature that integrates your hardware and software devices closer than ever before.
There are four main parts of Continuity: Handoff, Phone Calls, SMS Text Messaging and Wi-Fi Sharing.
3. iCloud Drive
iCloud Drive allows users to store all of their individual files from OS X and iOS in addition to data from applications on Apple’s cloud storage service, with the feature syncing all files across every Mac. The files stored on iCloud Drive are even available on a user’s iOS devices, as the feature also contains support for Windows through the iCloud client.
Meanwhile, Apple’s new Mail Drop feature bypasses traditional email attachment size limits allows users to send attachments up to 5GB through iCloud. The system is seamless for Mail users, while users on other platforms will receive a links via email to allow them to download the files.
4. Health Kit
The Health app keeps track of several different health metrics measured by various devices, including heart rate, calories, cholesterol, and more. It also features an “emergency card” that includes all of a user’s important health information, including blood type and allergies, which can be displayed directly on the lock screen of an iOS device.
5. Touch ID for Apps
Developers will also be able to access Touch ID for the first time to protect sensitive apps. Fingerprint data will be kept separate, but authentication will automatically unlock passwords stored in keychain to grant user access to apps. Now we will be able to see apps that support the Touch ID!