Ever since the first version of iOS, all the way up to iOS 6, we have seen the same design with just a few new features added with each iteration. The launch of iOS 7 gave us a major visual overhaul of the Operating System as well as included some new features like Control Center and swiping to go back.
If you’re the lucky owner of an iPhone 4S, 5, 5c, 5S, iPod Touch 5th Gen or iPad 2 and above, and you’ve been waiting on the next iteration of this overhauled version of iOS, your wait is over! Apple has released iOS 8 to the public today, Wendesday 17th, September, 2014.
iOS 8 brings a whole lot of new features to our current generation iOS devices such as Continuity, Redesigned Control Center, Third Party Keyboards, Predictive Typing, Cleaner Notification Center, Better Integration with iCloud and much more. For a full feature list and more details about what’s new with iOS 8, check out this post right here on T3CHSMASH.
One of the biggest new feature and the one I’m waiting the most for is Continuity, which allows us to start a task on one device and continue right where we left off on another Apple device. For example, if you’re writing an email on your Mac running OS X Yosemite and you want to switch to using your mobile device, you can quickly continue the email from exactly where you left off on the Mac. However, continuity won’t be fully usable until OS X Yosemite is released, which shouldn’t be too long from now.
While some of these features are obviously unique, some are still playing catch up with our good friend Android, like the support for Third Party Keyboards. Regardless, this version of iOS is the most functional yet, and whether it’s playing catch up or not, iOS users have gained a tremendous amount of functionality.
Feel free to check your device and see if the update is available in your region already. Be sure to have enough free space also, as while the download itself is 1.1GB, you are requred to have 5.8GB free to install the update.
Happy iOS 8!