iOS 8: Everything We Know

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iOS 8: Apple’s Next Major Mobile Operating System

Apple unveiled iOS 8, the major mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the WWDC 2014 Keynote on June 2nd.

It includes a number of new features and improvements such as Interactive Notifications, QuickType, third-party keyboard support, Messages and Siri improvements, and lots more.

News features and improvements in iOS 8

Compatibility

The following iOS devices are compatible with iOS 8:

  • iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
  • Retina iPad mini, 1st gen iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5th generation

Must-Read Articles

Find our latest iOS 8 coverage below.

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iOS 8 beta 5 boasts support for 3x image assets, hints at iPhone 6′s new resolution

iOS 8 beta 5 boasts support for 3x image assets, hints at iPhone 6′s new resolution

Leading up to the September 9 event, where Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 6, there are still plenty of questions circulating. Specifically, what might the larger display boast as a resolution? A new find within the iOS 8 beta may indicate a change is indeed coming.

August Smart Lock is one of the first HomeKit devices to start shipping

August Smart Lock is one of the first HomeKit devices to start shipping

August Smart Lock is an electronic lock for your house that lets you make keyless entries, and instead uses a smartphone app to authorise access.

iOS 8 Preview: Spotlight gets even smarter with location and context awareness

iOS 8 Preview: Spotlight gets even smarter with location and context awareness

Apple introduced Spotlight, its system wide search feature in iOS 3 in 2009 (when it was still called iPhone OS 3).

In iOS 7, Apple made it a lot easier to access Spotlight by allowing users to access it from every Home screen, rather than being able to access it only by swiping left on the first Home screen.

Smile to launch iOS 8 Custom Keyboard to bring Popular TextExpander snippet expansion to every App

Smile to launch iOS 8 Custom Keyboard to bring Popular TextExpander snippet expansion to every App

TextExpander is a neat utility from the folks at Smile Software that expands text shortcuts into longer sentences and paragraphs on iOS and Mac. While similar functionality is built into iOS, TextExpander lets you do more by letting you define parameterised snippets with fields that you can fill in after expansion.

QuickBoard for iOS 8 is three keyboards in one in an effort to make input quicker and easier

QuickBoard for iOS 8 is three keyboards in one in an effort to make input quicker and easier

It is no secret that one of the most often requested features for iOS has been third-party keyboard replacements. In iOS 8 it is finally a reality, and developers are certainly taking advantage of the changes.

iOS 8 Preview: A closer look at Safari’s new features and improvements

iOS 8 Preview: A closer look at Safari’s new features and improvements

Safari is probably one of the only stock iOS apps that gets some attention in every major iOS software update. So not surprisingly, Safari has received an update in iOS 8 as well.

iOS 8 Preview: Mail app gets new time-saving features

iOS 8 Preview: Mail app gets new time-saving features

We’ve seen some of the major new features and improvements that are coming to our devices in iOS 8 such as Notification Center Widgets, Interactive Notifications, Handoff, QuickType and third-party keyboard support, new features in Messages and lots more.

In today’s iOS 8 preview, we take a look at the new features coming to the Mail, one of the most used apps.

iOS 8 hints at iPhone 6 resolution of 828 x 1472

iOS 8 hints at iPhone 6 resolution of 828 x 1472

As we near September, and the iPhone 6 event scheduled for September 9, we’re still sifting through plenty of leaks and information as it becomes available. A new report suggests that the iPhone 6 could boast a new resolution, something different than what we’ve heard in the past.

Apple unlikely to release iOS 8 beta 6, iOS 8 GM to likely be the next release

Apple unlikely to release iOS 8 beta 6, iOS 8 GM to likely be the next release

Apple released iOS 8 beta 5 to developers on Monday, August 4th, exactly two weeks after releasing iOS 8 beta 4, so even though there were rumors beta 6 will be released on August 15, like many of you, I expected Apple to release it yesterday, August 18th.

However, despite the release of OS X Yosemite Preview 6 to developers (it has been releasing beta version of iOS 8 and OS X previews simultaneously), Apple didn’t release iOS 8 beta 6.

Apple seeds iOS 8 beta 6 to testing partners

Apple seeds iOS 8 beta 6 to testing partners

With the public release of iOS 8 expected in just a matter of weeks, Apple has seeded the sixth beta of the software version to testing partners. iOS 8 beta 6 has not been released for regular developers to test on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.