Apple releases iOS 8 and Apple TV Software Update 7.0

Apple has just released iOS 8 and Apple TV Software Update 7.0.

Apple’s iOS 8 contains hundreds of new features, including the following:

• Messages improvements
– Tap to Talk to send your voice, a video or a photo with just a swipe
– Group messaging options to name a conversation, add a contact, remove a contact, or leave a conversation
– New details view with Do Not Disturb, location sharing and attachments view

• Photos improvements
– Smart editing tools to adjust light and color with a swipe
– Fine-tune controls to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more
– Search by date, location, or album name or use smart suggestions
– Smart albums for Slo-mo videos, Bursts, Panoramas, and Time-lapse
– Third-party photo filters and editing tools supported directly in Photos
– Your photos and metadata from iPhoto will be migrated to Photos. Books, Journals and Slideshows will be converted to albums containing only photos. iPhoto for iOS is not supported on devices running iOS 8 or later.

• Camera improvements
– Time-lapse mode
– Capture timer
– Adjust exposure with a simple nudge to lighten or darken a photo prior to capture
– Burst mode on front facing camera on iPhone 5s
– Panorama for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display

• QuickType keyboard
– Predictive typing personalized to your writing style, and customized based on the recipient and the app
– Predictive is available in English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Thai
– Third-party keyboard support

• Health
– New Health app with easy-to-read dashboard of health and fitness data
– Ability to share health data with apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness
– Add a Medical ID with information about allergies, medical conditions, and more with the option to make accessible from the lock screen
– Available on iPhone and iPod touch

• Family Sharing
– Share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases with up to six members of your family.
– Pay for family purchases with a single credit card and approve purchases by children with Ask to Buy
– Easily share family photos, a family calendar, locations and more

• iCloud Drive
– Store all your documents in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC
– Share the same file across multiple compatible apps
– Edits you make on one device update on all your devices automatically

• Continuity features so your iPhone, iPad, and Mac work together more seamlessly
– Handoff to continue what you’re doing as you move from one device to another
– Make and receive calls and send and receive SMS or MMS messages on your iPad or Mac
– Instant Hotspot to automatically use your cellular connection to get online with your other devices
– AirDrop compatibility with OS X Yosemite
– Available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)

• Spotlight improvements
– Displays suggestions from Wikipedia entries, places nearby, movies (US only), popular web sites, App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store
– Safari also supports Spotlight suggestions alongside Top Hit and search suggestions
– Supported for local languages in US, UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland

• Mail improvements
– Easily jump between drafts and your inbox with a simple swipe down on the draft
– Intelligent suggestions for Calendar events and Contacts
– VIP threads

• Siri improvements
– Improvements to responsiveness, reliability and accuracy
– “Hey, Siri” option to initiate Siri using just your voice when your device is plugged in
– Streaming voice recognition
– Works with Shazam to answer “What song is playing?”
– Purchase content from iTunes Store

• Safari improvements
– DuckDuckGo search engine support
– Private browsing per tab
– Subscribe to RSS feeds in Shared Links
– Use Camera to scan and enter credit card info

• Maps improvements
– Flyover city tours
– Maps place cards in Phone and Contacts
– Inline map view and travel time notifications for Calendar events

• App Store improvements
– New Explore tab for easier category browsing
– Top trending searches displayed in Search tab
– Scrolling search results
– App video previews
– Editors’ Choice badges

• Quick access to key contacts in multitasking view
• Interactive Notifications for Messages, Mail, Calendar, Reminders and enabled third-party apps
• New Tips app to help you do more with your iOS devices
• iBooks app built into iOS, now with auto night mode and new organization for book series
• Podcasts app built into iOS
• Battery usage by app
• iCloud Keychain can use saved website passwords to easily sign in to associated apps
• FaceTime Audio call waiting
• Rich text editing in Notes
• Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback

• Enterprise features
– Expanded data protection to Calendar, Contacts, Messages, Reminders, and Notes in addition to Mail and 3rd-party apps
– Per message S/MIME email controls
– Improved UI to make it easier for users to understand the remote management of their device
– Automatic reply for Exchange
– Free/busy lookup for Calendar invitations
– MDM Managed books can be automatically pushed to users

• Accessibility features
– Redesigned Zoom with one-handed control and multiple zoom modes including picture-in-picture
– Built-in timer and Touch ID support for Guided Access
– Speak Screen to read out contents of the screen via gesture or Siri command
– VoiceOver improvements including Alex voice option and Braille input support
– Multi-device support for MFi hearing aids to seamlessly switch from one paired iOS device to another
– Features for China
– Vector-based maps
– Turn-by-turn navigation
– Lunar calendar support
– Improved predictive input
– Improved weather data

• Expanded language support
– Dictation support for 22 additional languages: Croatian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
– New keyboards for English (India), Bengali, Filipino, Marathi, Slovenian, and Urdu
– Hindi localization
– Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai, Turkish
– Spanish-English bilingual dictionary
– Spell check for Turkish
– Hebrew language support for Text to Speech and VoiceOver

• New developer capabilities including
– Extensibility, giving apps new sharing options and the ability to create widgets, photo filters and editing tools in Photos, and 3rd-party keyboards
– Metal, a new graphics technology for game providers to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices
– SpriteKit and SceneKit for improved 2D and 3D games
– HomeKit, a new way for you to control supported devices in your home using Siri
– Touch ID support so you can sign in to third-party apps with just your fingerprint
– CloudKit, offering a complete and scaleable back-end solution helping developers eliminate the need for writing server code and maintaining servers

• Bug fixes

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

iOS 8 is available for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display via iTunes or OTA.

Apple TV Software Update 7.0 “brings a refreshed design with thinner text and flatter icons bringing it more in line with iOS’s look and feel,” Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac. “The update also includes a newly added Beats Music channel for the subscription streaming music service Apple purchased earlier this year.”

Hall reports, “In addition to user interface refinements, icon refreshes, and Family Sharing support, the latest version of Apple TV’s software delivers iCloud Photo Library support to users taking advantage of the new feature from iOS 8.”

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MacDailyNews Take: They’re both snappy!


        1. Please, it’s been getting better over time. It’s no different. Pod casts have been integrated I think for a while, but may be that happened in Beta 2. But anyway, it’s SOOOOO much better than it used to be.

        1. Installed fine.
          Predictive typing rules. I like it way better than the old spelling correction – seems much more intuitive – I barely have to type 2 letters of a word before it gets it (and lots of time 0 letters).

      1. in fact MS missed their chance to be more open on USB Hubs on Mobile devices than Apple, i.e. providing a file explorer to support more file format exchange on the go,

        But, the strangest thing to me is: The surface tablets still do not have a 3G or SIM, only WiFi available or a dumb Stick needed, even the new Surface Pro 3 is only WiFi 🙁

        Android rigged their own hole with the openness of its architecture, see recent major security issues. MS failed as well.
        Morons imho.

  1. The INTERNETS is going to have a massive meltdown today! The iHating Android nut jobs are gonna be pissed since they can’t surf for porn as fast as their little FAPPY hands can shake it. 😜

    1. yeah, iTunes can’t connect.. but trying directly from my iPad it went through. Downloaded 1.1gb pretty fast.

      Still have to wait for the iPhone till tonight.

      Better news though… my iPhone 6 128GB Space Gray just shipped! on schedule for Friday! (And i took the day off 😉 )

  2. So the update is 5.8GB OTA, and I have only 3.3GB left on a 16GB 5s. Apple really needs to find a way to slim down these updates. For the 16GB phones at least. Now I have to delete half the stuff on my phone in order to update. That is Riduculous.

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