Apple iOS 8 Release: Everything You Need to Know

We’ve prepared all the facts you should know about Apple iOS 8.

For sure, the media attention is drawn to the recently revealed iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but iOS 8 is something that should enthuse all iPhone and iPad owners. Photo: viigoss/Flickr

In case you’ve already tried to download the new version of the above mentioned operating system, or know anyone who has already done so, you’re probably familiar with the biggest complaint: The download is huge.

It’s not that iOS 8 occupies a  lot of space on your iPhone or iPad, but rather that the download itself needs up to 5.7GB of free storage to be completed. As a result, people rush to delete media files and apps. The previous version, iOS 7, only required 2.9GB of space to install, so the added storage requirement has hit some users pretty hard.

But before you start deleting everything you see in your device, there’s a very easy solution to the problem: Sync your iPhone or iPad to the computer and download iOS 8 directly from there.

Speaking about the design of the new operating system, it should be noted that it looks almost identical to iOS 7, but once under the hood, you realize there’s something more powerful and useful at your fingertips.

Visually, iOS 8 is an extension of iOS 7 with just several added additions and adjustments. The fonts, the color schemes are all the same. The few visual changes that iOS 8 brings make the OS more useful and easier to use.

The new version of the system has the ability to quickly reply to notifications without leaving other apps. All you need to do is to pull down on the banner notification and you can reply to a text or iMessage, accept or decline a calendar invite or dismiss an alarm.

This is a feature other mobile operating systems — notably Android — have introduced long time ago and this is a handy way to respond to text message alerts.

“Another great feature is in Notification Center. The Today screen now has support for third-party widgets. This feature is very similar to the one that will come out in OS X Yosemite later this fall, but the idea is that you can customize the Today screen to display different interactive widgets from other apps,” reports of the novelty Christina Warren of Mashable.

She went on, adding: “One of my favorite apps, PCalc, has a widget built-in — access to a simplified version of its calculator. As a result, I can save time doing calculations without having to launch another app.”

One more new feature is recent contacts. Double-press the home button and a list of your recent contacts pops up above the multi-tasking app view. This provides one-tap access to people you frequently contact.

One of the most significant new features for iOS 8 — and OS X Yosemite — is the introduction of iCloud Drive. Despite several security concerns, iCloud Drive finally lets users to see everything on their iOS devices from other Apple devices.

Which is more, apart from watching media files you can also use iCloud Drive as more general storage, the same way you can use Microsoft’s OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox.

In iOS 8 Siri has Shazam integration built right in so a user can launch the app to find out what song is playing.

You can also say “Hey Siri” — Apple’s variation on “OK Google” — to get her ready to work. The command will even work when the phone is dormant, but only if you plug it into power.

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