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iOS 8 vs iOS 7

Tue Jun 03 2014, 15:20

Apple's Camera application saw a major overhaul in iOS 7, with Apple adding features such as photo filters, slow-mo video and the ability to shoot squared-sized, Instagram friendly photos.

Camera hasn't seen such a huge makeover in iOS 8, but Apple has added a handful of features that likely will be welcomed by users. New shooting modes will be introduced in iOS 8, including Time Lapse mode and a Timer, and brings Panorama mode to iPad users. An improved Photos interface will also be introduced.

iOS 8 memories photo feature

The biggest news, however, was that Apple has opened its camera controls to developers, which means there's likely to be more to get excited about when the software launches in the autumn.

Mac continuity
If you own a Macbook and an iOS device, iOS 8 will introduce a bunch of features that improve continuity between devices - something almost non-existent, bar iMessage support, in iOS 7.

First off, Airdrop now works between iOS and Mac OS X, which means you'll no longer have to email yourself images, for example, and can instead ping them straight to your Mac. Handoff was perhaps the most impressive feature on show, allowing a user to start writing an email on an iPad, for example, and then easily finish it on their Mac.

Apple also shocked with the news that Mac owners will be able to answer phone calls on their laptop or desktop computer with the introduction of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, while text message integration has been expanded to non-iOS devices. This sees Apple addressing the long drawn out bug which has seen Android users unable to receive texts from iPhone users.

Although it brushed over the subject during its WWDC keynote, Apple has added a bunch of new enterprise tools in iOS 8, making the operating system much more attractive to businesses when compared to iOS 7.

iPhone 5S iOS 8

First, security within apps has been improved, with Apple adding the ability for expanded data protection in the form of password protection of all the major data types - Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages, Notes, Reminders - and third-party apps.

Apple has also introduced per-message S/MIME, allowing users to encrypt individual messages, along with VIP threads, a feature that allows users to mark an email thread as important to receive instant notifications on it.

Beyond that, iOS 8 will also bring with it support for Exchange out of office replies, busy/free notifications in Calendar and encrypted backups, among others.

In Short
Apple's iOS 8 operating system might not seem like a big change aesthetically, but the new features it brings, such as Mac Continuity, improved Notifications and its Healthkit and Homekit apps, likely will be welcomed by users of last year's iOS iteration.

However, some might be disappointed that Apple hasn't changed its design, with iOS 7 receiving much criticism for its "flat" design and parallax effects, which will remain in iOS 8. µ


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