A breakdown of all the major new features in iOS 8

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Apple just finished up with its huge WWDC keynote, and we’re still sorting through the madness. The company introduced a number of new developer tools and two new platforms (HealthKit and HomeKit), as well as new versions of OS X and iOS.

We’ve covered a lot of the new iOS 8 features individually, but given the sheer amount of things announced today, we thought it’d be helpful to create a roundup of everything you need to know about the update, which will publicly launch this fall…


  • QuickType keyboard – which enables predictive suggestions inside iOS Messages and other apps
  • Third party keyboards – iOS 8 supports third party keyboard replacements such as Swype, SwiftKey, and others

Interactive Notifications

  • quick reply to messages from anywhere
  • accept/decline calendar invitations
  • mark an email as read or trash it
  • mark reminders as complete
  • reply to notifications from third party apps


  • swipe to mark an email as read or flag it, or long-swipe to delete
  • now recognizes a reservation, flight confirmation, or phone number

Safari for iPad

  • new Tab view
  • new new slide-out sidebar for bookmarks, shared links and Reading List


  • rename group threads
  • enable Do Not Disturb for a group thread to silence alerts
  • easily remove yourself from an annoying group thread
  • record and send audio notes
  • record and send videos
  • share your location
  • send multiple photos and videos
  • view all attachments from a thread at once

App Store

  • new ‘Explore’ tab
  • new ‘Trending’ searches
  • new Editor’s Choice label
  • app previews with short videos

Family Sharing

  • up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes stores
  • parents can track/limit kids’ spending
  • easily share photos, videos, calendars and location


  • iCloud Photo Library keeps every photo and video in iCloud, accessible from any device
  • search for photos by the date, time, location, or album name
  • smart composition tools auto-straighten and crop photos
  • smart adjustments intelligently adjusts exposure, brightness, contrast, and more
  • new photo filters
  • create time-lapse videos


  • Hey, Siri
  • Shazam song ID
  • dictation supports 22 new languages

Health app

  • easy to read dashboard for your health and fitness data
  • HealthKit platform makes it easier for third party apps to integrate with Health app
  • emergency card stores important health information


  • widgets in Notification Center, third party app support
  • contact shortcuts in Multitasking screen
  • Touch ID gains third party support

These are the major new iOS 8 features Apple talked about today, and there are several more it didn’t cover. If you’re a registered developer, you can download the iOS 8 beta now, otherwise you’ll have to wait until it officially launches to the public this fall.