iOS 8 review: Some overdue updates, but well worth the wait
iOS 8 feels a bit like Apple playing catch-up; the update includes many features that Android users have been enjoying for years. Nonetheless, the upgrade goes a long way in giving the iPhone and iPad a better user experience.
- Apps can now interact with other apps
- Support for third-party keyboards
- Manual camera controls
- Continuity lets you easily move between devices
- Family Sharing
- Actionable notifications
- "Hey Siri" command only works when phone is plugged in
- iCloud Drive files should be easier to access
- Developers still can't touch Control Center
- Few improvements to Apple Maps
Out with the old, in with the new. That was the theme of last year's iOS update, known as iOS 7, which ushered in a flat new design. Although Apple threw in some new functionality as well, it was clear the company was mainly focused on giving its mobile OS a face-lift and setting the stage for future updates -- the first of which is coming out tomorrow. iOS 8 builds on last year's software with a plethora of new features, including third-party keyboards, camera controls, widgets, home automation, health and fitness tools and the ability to interact with other apps. (Yes, it's hard to believe these are just arriving on iOS.) Here's what to expect.