Apple added some much-needed and much-appreciated new functionality to its popular mobile platform this week. here they are
1. QuickType / Third-party Keyboard Support
Text input gets two major improvements in iOS 8.
First, Apple is finally improving its auto-correct technology — and it only took seven years!
Apple’s new QuickType feature adds word prediction above the keyboard (don’t worry iPhone users, it’ll look much nicer on the larger iPhone screens coming this fall). The keyboard also now learns the language you use in different apps and when messaging different contacts, and it adjusts its predictions based on past messages.
2. Actionable Notifications
Simply put, actionable notifications allow users to perform tasks by interacting with a notification pop-up.
So, for example, instead of having to open the Messages app to reply to a new SMS, users can simply pull down on the notification at the top of the screen (or swipe on the lock screen) and type out a reply right there.
As another example, users can accept or decline a calendar invite without opening the Calendar app.
3. New Messaging Features
There are many more new messaging features in iOS 8, of course, including an awesome voice chat feature that lets users send voice messages back and forth right from within the app. Or, even better, users can play voice messages right from the lock screen simply by lifting the iPhone to their ear, and they can reply by voice with the same lift gesture.
Users can also mute notifications for a specific messaging thread, and sharing photos is far easier in iOS 8.
Continuity opens an active connection between devices. So, if you’re working on your Mac and you get a new SMS, a notification will appear on your Mac’s screen. You can even reply to the SMS right from your Mac.
Apple finally added real widget support in iOS 8, but unfortunately not to home screens. Instead, users will be able to add widgets to the Notification Center.
This is a decent compromise for Apple. It allows the company to support iOS widgets without worrying about clutter and battery drain.
Were you excited or disappointed by the updtae?