iOS 8 is coming tomorrow (Sep 17th 2014), right before the shiny new iPhones start to land a few days later all across the globe. Apple has packed the iOS 8 with some pretty cool new tricks here we will talk about some of the best iOS 8 features.


1. Per App Battery Useage – Monitoring 

iOS 8 will let users monitor which Apps are sucking on that precious Battery Life. Once the iOS 8 is out there will be no more doubts about any app eating up battery life in the background, having a visual guide will not only eliminate doubts about different Apps sucking too much battery but also help users manage the battery life for the first time on the iOS .

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2. Messages App Will Have Some New Tricks

New In Messages : Messages in iOS 8 makes it easy to capture any sound — your voice, a song, or a big laugh — and make it part of the conversation. Simply touch and hold the new microphone button to record your message. Then swipe to send it.

Better Group Messages : Start a group conversation and give it a name like “Soccer Team” or “Road Trip.” Easily include who you want, drop who you don’t, and leave the conversation whenever you want. Or turn on Do Not Disturb and then read through the messages when you have time.

Share your Location : “Where are you?” Answer that question more clearly than ever with a map showing your location. You can also share your whereabouts with people you choose for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. And you can see people in the message thread on a map if they’ve shared their locations.

Tap and See Every Attachment in a Conversation : No More Scrolling up and up and hitting ‘load earlier message’ to view all the images or media shared. It’s simple to browse the photos and videos within a thread. You’ll see all the photos and videos going back to the very first exchange, without having to scroll through earlier messages.

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3. Interactive notifications

You can now Interact with the Notifications : No more exiting or stopping what you are doing to view or replay to a message or an alert. Take action on texts, email, calendar invitations, reminders, and even messages from apps like Facebook right from their notification banners — without leaving the app you’re in. Now it’s easy to quickly reply to important messages and keep doing what you were doing.


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4. Continuity

iOS 8 will bring Continuity, arguably the coolest feature on the iOS 8.

iPhone, iPad and Mac – Connected like never before :  Apple products have always been designed to work together beautifully. But now they may really surprise you. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, you’ll be able to do more wonderful things than ever before.

With continuity you can start one task on the iPhone and pick it up right where you left off,  on your iPad or your Mac.

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5. iOS’s smartest keyboard ever.

iOS 8 brings the biggest changes to the keyboard since the very first iPhone. Now you can tap to choose the perfect suggestion for your next word. And for the first time, third-party keyboards will be available. Typing as you know it might soon be a thing of the past.

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 6. iCloud Drive 

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All your files, any type of files, on all your iDevices! – Now you have the freedom to work with the document of your choice on the device of your choice. Because with iCloud Drive, you can safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

Storing files in iCloud is simple. Just as it should be.

To upload your files to iCloud, simply drag them into the iCloud Drive folder on your Mac running OS X Yosemite or PC running Windows 7 or later. Or start a new document using an iCloud-enabled app on your iOS device. Then you’ll be able to access those documents from all your devices.

Edits you make on one device appear on all of them.

Using iCloud Drive means you’ll always have access to the latest version of all your documents from any device. For example, you can start creating a presentation on your Mac at home, then make final edits and present it in class using your iPad. All the changes you make along the way appear automatically on all your devices.

Start your work in one app.  Add the finishing touches in another.

Your apps can now share files, which means you can access and work on the same file across multiple apps. For example, you can create a drawing in a sketching app, then open it in a painting app to color it in. Or create a chart in one app and place it in a slideshow using a presentation app. No more making copies or importing documents from one app to another. It’s a whole new level of collaboration among apps.

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 7.  Health

Health. An entirely new way to use your health and fitness information.

The new Health app gives you an easy‑to‑read dashboard of your health and fitness data. And we’ve created a new tool for developers called HealthKit, which allows all the incredible health and fitness apps to work together, and work harder, for you. It just might be the beginning of a health revolution.

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 8. Family Sharing 

Being a family pays off in huge new ways.

Once you set up Family Sharing, family members get immediate access to each other’s music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps. Download what you want with a tap anytime you like. All without having to share an Apple ID or passwords.

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9. Touch ID – For All Apps 
In the iOS 8 Apple has opened the gates for the Touch ID – Developers can now use the Touch ID within their Apps. example : Mint-the personal finance App has already integrated Touch ID within its iOS App.
We will in the very near future see apps from all sorts of categories using Touch ID to secure and authenticate  users – for example Touch ID is ripe to be implemented in all these categories and then some –  Messaging Apps, Banking, Data Storage, Shopping apps (ebay, amazon, etc) , Paypal, Google, Gmail, Government, Voting, Health, Insurance, Legal, Dating,  Apps that will use Apple’s HomeKit (unlocking doors with your Fingerprints-cool huh?), Apps Connected to other Gadgets (ex: Tile, video monitors,  Mobile Credit Card Readers (ex: square, paypal etc)


10. Smarter ‘Siri’
Hey Siri ! – yes you will be able to call on Apple’s digital assistant without having to press and hold down the home button all you have to do is say ‘Hey Siri’, provided that your iPhone is charging. This indicates that Apple aims to make Siri hands free and more convenient while in the car, this could drive Siri usage as this will make it much more easier to use Siri while keeping your focus on the road.
Siri can also identify songs with built-in Shazam integration. So instead of launching an app, all you’ll need to do is hold down your iPhone’s home button to find out what music is playing. Think of all the time you’ll save at the bar.


11. Quick Access to Favorite Contacts
You can access your favorite contacts quickly by tapping on the home button twice!
Once there – Tap on the contact you want to contact – you will be able to either call, FaceTime or Text.


12. More Weather
On the iOS 8 the data for the Weather will be via Weather Channel, Apple is switching from Yahoo to the Weather channel – Which results in bringing the 10day forecast and a more accurate weather to the iOS
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13. Widgets
iOS 8 will also bring 3rd party widgets to the Notification Center – Apps can now pack a widget – giving the users information or access at a glance without having to launch the App itself. Below are two examples
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These are only 13 features that will be on the iOS 8 – iOS 8 will bring a lot of other features!

Some Highlights from Apple’s iOS 8 Keynote