iOS 8 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad: Compatibility, features, release date

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iOS-8-final-release-1Apple introduced iOS 8, the next generation of its mobile platforms . Presentation OS was held within the Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC, which started in San Francisco on June 2.

The anxious wait before the release of iOS 8 felt almost stronger than on the eve of the announcement of the next iPhone. The new Apple OS significantly improved system performance , in particular increased startup and shutdown speed applications , reduced response time to user actions.

iOS 8 introduced interactive notifications. Now, users can respond to incoming messages with a single click on the banner . This works on the Notification Center on the lock screen . In the panel , a new notification with the latest contacts from the address book is added. One click, you can make a phone call , FaceTime or write a message .

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Also introduced,  a new improved keyboard . It offers a feature predictive QuickType, as well as a special panel for quick entry of characters. “Smart ” keyboard , unfortunately , does not support Russian language . But the system now supports external keyboards. Until now, this was one of the advantages of Android. In iOS text messages, you can now embed audio – recording , everything will turn on automatically . .

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A new Health application is integrated with third-party medical gadgets and allows you to monitor pulse, blood pressure , statistics, training , and other parameters . Health data , the user can send to your doctor.

iOS 8 i has a special Family Sharing feature, you can now add up to six family members that can use a credit card info to make a purchase in the iTunes Store, from its parent device screen prompts .

The system is integrated with Shazam like recognition service, developed by the same company .  iPhone and iPad owners with the new operating system can determine the name and artist of the music playing .

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Several new features have appeared in the Mail app, in particular , implemented some sort of multi-window . The user can minimize the window of the text message , find another message to take from it the text , re- expand the window of the text message and paste the text. Over messages can perform various actions with gestures , the implementation of which resembles a popular mobile app Mailbox.

Apple has updated the App Store. The program improved navigation in the preview , users can watch not only screenshots, but video . Now the application of the catalog can be purchased packages. In addition, Apple introduced TestFlight – a special service for the submission of beta versions of software users .

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Apple also expanded the possibilities of fingerprint Touch ID. Now developers can use the sensor to authenticate and identify users. First appeared in iOS 8 widget support . Developers have an API for creating active elements for Notification Center .

Another innovation iOS 8 – HomeKit. It is a platform of “smart house ” of which there were many rumors . It allows you to manage “smart” locks , lights, air conditioning and so on. Supported voice assistant Siri.

Download iOS 8 beta 1 are registered developers starting today . The public version of the operating system will be available this Fall.

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