Big changes are in the works for iPad and iPhone with the upcoming iOS 8, according to a June 2 report in AppleInsider. iOS 8 will be available for free for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch (5G), iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. Of course, iOS 8 will be running on the upcoming iPhone 6 and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini.
Apple announced the new changes that are coming to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch at WWDC 2014 on Monday. The nearly two-hour presentation was jam-packed with new features coming to both iOS 8 and “Yosemite”, the new version of OS X for Macs.
Some of the most exciting new features involve SMS (texting) and email. To begin with, texting on your iPad and iPhone is going to be a lot faster thanks to “QuickType” a predictive text entry system. Now, when you start typing text, iPad or iPhone will present to you the words that logically come next. All you have to do is to tap the word you want to use. This predictive text entry system uses words that you are likely to use based on the way you write.
iPad and iPhone users will now be able to select their own keyboard too. Another one of the neat new changes involves the way iOS 8 handles text messages from Android users. Up until now, text messages from Android users appear on the iPhone only. If you get a message from an Android user, you cannot see it on your iPad. But with iOS 8, Android messages will now appear on your iPad too.
A cool new change is called “interactive notifications." If you receive a text message, you can reply right from the notification screen (even from the lock screen). In iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch you no longer have to leave the app you are in and return to the messaging app to send a reply.
You can now also record audio messages and send them. In iPhone, all you have to do is lift your phone to your ear to record an audio message automatically and then lower the phone to send it.
In iOS 7 (the current operating system), when you compose an email message, you cannot go back and reference your other messages for info that you might need without losing what you have typed in your current message. But in iOS 8 you can move the email message you are working on down, check your other messages, and then finish typing the message that you want to send. You also can now easily mark email messages as read, unread—along with an easy way to delete them.
Next time this reporter will explain the other major enhancements to iOS 8 for iPad and iPhone.