Apple has revealed iOS eight, the newest model of its cellular working system, at its WWDC 2014 occasion in San Francisco.
Will probably be launched within the autumn (or ‘fall’ when you’re American) and appears very similar to its predecessor. When it comes to options, although, this can be a entire new ballgame…
1. iOS eight brings console-high quality video games to iPad and iPhone
This may appear to be hyperbole, however Apple’s new Metallic know-how considerably ramps up 3D graphics on the platform, decreasing overhead and boosting effectivity.
At WWDC, a glimpse of EA’s Frostbite engine on iPad was adopted by a lush Epic Video games Unreal Engine four demo, Zen Backyard, which seemed beautiful. You’ll obtain the demo totally free when iOS eight rolls out this Autumn.
2. You possibly can set up third-get together keyboards in iOS eight
The default iOS keyboard will get an Android-like predictive phrase system, QuickType, so you’ll be able to tab the subsequent phrase you need to add; nevertheless it’s additionally context-delicate, offering responses based mostly on material and even the type you employ when chatting with sure individuals.
However that pales compared to the large information: you’ll have the ability to substitute Apple’s default keyboard with third-celebration keyboards akin to Swype (which, by default, might be closely locked down due to privateness, though you’ll have the ability to open up permissions if you want).
three. Apps and units in iOS eight will speak to one another
This sounds mundane however it’s huge information. Macs operating the brand new OS X Yosemite and iOS units will have the ability to hand off duties to one another – for instance, you’ll take an iPhone name in your Mac, or proceed engaged on a Pages doc on an iPad with a single swipe.
Apps will even work collectively, embedding complete UIs inside one another. Apple’s walled-gardens-inside-walled-gardens simply received demolished, however with out unduly affecting safety.
four. HomeKit makes iOS eight the centre of your sensible house
There are a great deal of sensible units round, however every has its personal protocols and strategies of management. HomeKit brings them beneath one digital roof, making your iPhone the centre of their universe. Apple famous how you possibly can use your iPhone to unlock your door, management heating, and group units and techniques into ‘scenes’.
Utilizing Siri, you’ll be capable of say “Prepare for mattress” and have your sensible lights dim, your sensible thermostat change the temperature and your sensible lock safe the entrance door. Simply don’t lose your iPhone!
5. Contact ID in iOS eight will blaze previous passwords
We at present mulled over Contact ID changing passwords, and this appears prefer it’ll come to cross quickly on iOS. As of iOS eight, Apple’s Contact ID fingerprint scanner shall be opened as much as third-social gathering builders, enabling them to make use of the system for authentication.
Apple added that devs gained’t get direct entry to your fingerprint knowledge, underlining the corporate’s dedication to privateness. And, maybe, it is proof that Apple is planning to make Contact ID extra central to its iOS system line-up – anybody for a fingerprint-studying iPad?
6. iOS eight has a brand new Well being app
Tim Prepare dinner’s into wholesome dwelling, what together with his Nike FuelBand and climbing, and iOS eight will enable you to maintain match with its new Well being app and HealthKit service. Proper now, wearables and different package allow you to collect knowledge, which then lives in silos.
HealthKit supplies a central place for third-get together apps to contribute, which builds to a complete overview of your exercise and well being, monitored from Apple’s Well being app. Once more, Apple emphasises its privateness protections, stating that apps will solely get entry to info you allow them to see.
7. A (kind of) new file system
Doc administration in iOS is nightmarish, with information dwelling ‘inside’ apps. In iOS eight, iCloud Drive provides you entry to app-based mostly folders, and lets you open information inside them in several apps and save modifications to their unique places.
iCloud Drive can also be supported on OS X and Home windows, and with iCloud utilization more likely to develop, additional storage pricing over and above the default free 5 GB is about to plummet.
eight. Notification Middle will get widgets in iOS eight
Interactive widgets lastly arrive on iOS, though not fairly within the method that Android customers are used to. On iOS, they’ll stay inside Notification Middle, though they will additionally exist elsewhere within the OS, for instance as banners and on the lock display. On stage, Apple demoed bidding on eBay immediately from a widget; comparable performance is being rolled into OS X Yosemite.
And it doesn’t finish there. iOS eight may even deliver huge enhancements to Mail’s interface, new modifying options to Pictures, a revamped Highlight, a better Siri with Shazam music recognition, video and audio recording inside messages (that may optionally self-destruct), and an entire bunch extra – examine again for our full, in-depth preview.
Devs at WWDC can get their palms on the beta now, however the remainder of us should wait till Autumn to obtain iOS eight. It’s going to be obtainable on iPhone 4s and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina show, and the iPod contact fifth era. We will’t wait.