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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.

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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.

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
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Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

90
SimonHenriksen
It's a great software, but there aren't the big difference between iOS 7 and...read more
100
Miioff
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
nutcase84
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Source model
Closed
Architecture
64, 32
Model
8.0

Type

Type
Mobile / embedded OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
No

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
8.1

Type

Type
Mobile / embedded OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
No

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
8.3

Type

Type
Mobile / embedded OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
No

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
8.2

Type

Type
Mobile / embedded OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
No

Source

Source model
Closed
Model
8.4

Type

Type
Mobile / embedded OS

Kernel

Architecture
64, 32
Kernel type
Hybrid kernel
Multitasking
Yes

Interface

Graphical interface
Yes
Command line interface
No

Source

Source model
Closed