The Exciting New Features of Apple’s iOS 8

By Otto Benson,

Modern Home Systems

Here at Modern Home Systems, we couldn’t wait for the beginning of June because that’s when Apple showcased its new software and technologies at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). And, as usual, this year they didn’t disappoint; they unveiled their new mobile operating system iOS 8. If you have the iPhone 4s and newer, the fifth-gen iPod touch, and the iPad 2 and newer, this fall you will receive a free iOS 8 update. Here are the upgrades you have to look forward to:

Interactive notifications:

If you get a text or a Facebook message notification while you’re doing something else on your phone, you will no longer have to switch apps to respond. You’ll be able to respond to any message simply by pulling down from the notification shade.


You will be able to search for apps you haven’t yet installed, songs in the iTunes store, movie times, and directions to locations you type in.


Based on your past conversations, writing style, the person you are communicating with, and, the medium you are using (i.e., text message versus email), words and phrases that you’d probably type next pop up.


Incorporating features from WhatsApp and Snapchat, you will be able to send audio and video messages from within the app. You will also be ale to set a message to self-destruct after a certain amount of time.


You will be able to easily tag or dismiss certain messages without even having to open them up. You will also be able to swipe down on a new message to hide it away until you’re ready to access it later.


Your Mac and your iPhone will now be able to seamlessly work together. For example, you will be able to easily send pages between your phone and computer as well as send phone call from your phone to your computer and use your computer as a speakerphone.

Healthkit and the Health App:

Apple teamed up with Nike and Mayo Clinic, so you will be provided with access to your fitness and activity data as well as actual, real-time health information.


This will give you control of all your home automation systems.

Family sharing:

Up to six family member will be able to share a single calendar, in addition to app and content purchases (so parents can be notified of their children’s purchases).

iCloud Photo Library:

All of your photos will live in an iCloud that you will be able to access from your phone or any other device. You can also edit those photos.

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