iOS 8

June 6th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

News.com.au reports on some new features for iOS8.

  1. Can interact with notifications without switching apps
  2. Can send temporary audio messages
  3. Allow apps, music ad movies to be shared within a family
  4. Synchronized photo editing
  5. Enhanced Airdrop to wirelessly share content
  6. Keyboard can be amended by third party apps
  7. A Health & Home bundle of products
  8. Can answer your iphone on another device (such as your laptop) rather than have to get up and grab the phone
  9. Enhanced spotlight

The ability to answer your phone on your laptop is great. iPhones are always charging (mine only lasts a few hours now – will get an iPhone 6 when out), so not having to get up to grab the iPhone when working on my laptop will be useful.

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14 Responses to “iOS 8”

  1. sHr0oMaN (24 comments) says:

    David, you should look into http://myechoapp.com/ then if you’re using MS office and an iPhone

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  2. kiwi in america (2,462 comments) says:

    Same David – my aging but still serviceable iPhone 4S means I’m always charging my battery. Hanging out for the 6!

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  3. Captain Pugwash (97 comments) says:

    Ha, the battery on my almost 4 year old iPhone 4, lasts all day at least, depending on data usage of course. it’s not often that I have to recharge during the day.

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  4. dime (9,607 comments) says:

    Airplay direct is nice. Wont have to join a wireless network.

    IMHO my Galaxy S5 slays the current iphone. The iphone 6 will be interesting though.

    Ipad Air still the best tablet on the market me thinks. Cant see me upgrading for at least another year

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  5. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    “Cant see me upgrading for at least another year”

    Unfortunately, you can’t trade in like a car. With tech competition so sharp you would think there would be loyalty incentives from these corporations.

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  6. Tom Jackson (2,479 comments) says:

    My iPad 2 has about 9 ½ hours battery life down from ten when I bought it 3 years ago.

    I don’t own a cell phone nor do I care to. They are electronic dog collars.

    Yosemite looks the business. It’s amazing how far ahead of Windows the Mac OS has streaked in the last few years. Microsoft seem to have been asleep.

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  7. dime (9,607 comments) says:

    wiki – i just hand stuff down the chain ;) like my galaxy S4.. someone is now happy with it heh

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  8. jawnbc (54 comments) says:

    Years ago you could do this via Mac OS X: all you had to do was link your phone—not just iPhones—via Bluetooth. It also meant you could send SMS via your computer’s address book—much easier to type and read messages on your computer via the Bluetooth tether. I was bummed when they removed it.

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  9. labrator (1,814 comments) says:

    Changing an iphone battery is easier than is let on

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  10. Ed Snack (1,773 comments) says:

    I have to ask what you did to your iPhone to blitz the battery. I’m on my third iPhone (currently a 5) and I still get days depending on usage. The iPad (first retina version, iPad 3 ?) is suffering a little but still gets all day unless thrashed. My last 4 (handed down in the family) still gets a decent time but isn’t used as much.

    I haven’t tried the S5 but the earlier Samsungs we trialled as office smartphones, well, we decided that Samsung gave them replaceable batteries because they knew they’d be able to sell us at least two extra ones every year.

    But yes, iOS8 looks like a good step forward, and I’ll be putting Yosemite onto the iMac when it is released, too. Wonder if it will run my Kerbal Space Program any better.

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  11. ross411 (284 comments) says:

    I own two iOS devices and they’ve sat in the cupboard for the last 3-4 years.

    Is iTunes still a piece of frustrating crap? I can’t count the times that it locked up while doing something. Or when it did an update, and then died in the middle of the update, so it would not be possible to update because it always started from the beginning, and never finished one. I still dread starting it up.

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  12. gump (1,538 comments) says:

    @ross411

    “Is iTunes still a piece of frustrating crap? ”

    —————–

    If anything, iTunes is still getting worse with each release. There’s so much stuff bolted on to it that even the simple functions don’t work properly.

    The good news is that you no longer need it for backups or updates on the i-devices. Apple has moved to an over-the-air (OTA) system that can do both of those functions using wifi.

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  13. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    My cellphone battery lasts for months becuase most of the time it is switched off …. but if getting up annoyed me I would move the charger to a position handy to the computer :)

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  14. V (684 comments) says:

    10. Full NSA integration.

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