Last week Apple released the latest version of its operating system the new iOS 8. Between then and now everyone with a compatible device has been downloading the OS, an awesome perk of being in the ecosystem that has justifiably given Apple users something to smile at every September.
There are a lot of changes that every Apple fan has been going on about,( “Siri’s smarter, she can Shazam “) something that everyone who is using an Android device is tired of hearing. Without doing a thorough review we decided to take a quick look at some of the features that have been included in the new iOS 8.
iOS 8 has a new “smart keyboard ” that comes with user specific customised predictive text options and message style options (formal and informal)
Improved Photo Experience
Searching for images has been made simpler through options that include album title and date as well as a “Smart Suggestions” feature that helps access photos taken in nearby locations and taken on similar dates.
Image editing has also been improved, although anyone used to Instagram won’t be so quick to offer high praise for functions that are part of their de facto app for photo editing.
There are couple of iOS 8 features that Apple also “borrowed” from your friendly neighbourhood IM, WhatsApp. These include
- A group messaging feature
- Sending voice clips to contacts
- Sending videos
- Sharing locations
The “Apple approach” is obviously meant to offer an operating system with better performance thanks to the seamless integration with hardware. Apple has definitely nailed it there.
However from the new set of features on this OS I’d say this looks like a shot at providing services that third party applications have been providing for a while.
With their single OS Apple has given its users every reason to enjoy a one stop shop for Instagram, WhatsApp and Shazam. This is one of the reasons why die hard Android fans aren’t blown away by Apple users’ insistence that their stable has the best to offer every year. It all sounds like something they have been using for ages.
It makes sense to have everything under one roof, and it definitely didn’t cost Apple $19 billion to have something that resembles WhatsApp under the hood of its OS.
Apple is doing its best to carry on the “reinvention” legacy that was the hallmark of the Jobs era. The company is great at taking what has been in the market, improving it and turning it into a must have.
What are your thoughts on iOS 8? Is it the greatest OS delivery from Apple to date or Android KitKat is just as good a system?
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