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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • "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
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

50
Jakelegofilms
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
90
s3nnh3is3r
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
Benru
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
86
Average Critic Score
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Gizmodo
One of the biggest changes in iOS 7 (other than the obvious flatness, of course) was the addition of real, live multitasking. This time around, Apple took advantage of the extra space to make one of the phone's most functional screens even more-so.
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9to5Mac
Apple announced iOS 8, the next major version of iOS, which includes features like an all new Photos app, a much improved Messages app, custom keyboard support, Family Sharing, and more.
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BGR
Messaging is very similar to Facebook’s Messenger app in terms of sharing photos and videos quickly as well as voice. Audio and video messages are allowed to delete after a period of time to avoid large files clogging up storage similar to Snapchat and other message apps.
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PC Mag
A number of the rumored features were, in fact, included: a Shazam integration that lets you play "find (and buy) that tune" with Siri; a Health-related app for keeping tabs on your activity; and HomeKit, which will let smart home device makers sync up their gadgets with iOS devices.
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ZDNet
Sporting a new background wallpaper, there are a couple of additions. You'll note a small icon in the lower-left corner, which allows the user to carry on their work from their Mac, running the latest OS X 10.10 version, like documents and image editing.
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
I'll probably always have gripes, but iOS 8 pulls out ahead of the competition by leveraging the greatest strengths of the iPhone: its apps and ecosystem. After you tap the Update button, those small perks and fixes will make the most difference.
 
90
TechCrunch
It’s a particularly exciting release in terms of what it can offer developers, so its real impact will be felt later on – and next month should also change things up considerably with the debut on Continuity on the Mac, and ... Apple Pay, in the U.S.
 
80
The Independent
iOS 8 will save you time and effort, and makes the phone more powerful than ever before but the real improvements rely on buying into Apple. If you’re just an iPhone user, iOS 8 is a good update; if you’re a part of the Apple ecosystem, it's the future, no questions asked.
 
100
The Guardian
As we approach the end of 2014, Apple has made iOS more customisable than ever before - bringing it closer to Android’s flexibility - through Extensions. It’s also added useful touches and more privacy throughout. Should you install it? This is absolutely a no-brainer. Yes, you should.