Apple's Federighi unveils iOS 8

Today at a San Francisco keynote for WWDC 2014, Apple's Senior VP of software engineering, Craig Federighi, introduced iOS 8, the company's updated mobile OS. The new software includes several enhancements and features for the iPhone and iPad.

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Updates to notifications menu

Introduced with iOS 7, Apple's pull-down notifications menu has become even more expansive and interactive.

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Interact directly with an app

Users can now execute limited app actions directly through the notifications menu. Here, a user replies to a text message.

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Better viewing of Safari app

With iOS 8, the Safari Web browser app now has a broader "bird's-eye view" for tabs and private browsing.

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Fast access to Favorite contacts

In addition to recent apps, double-tapping the physical home key will also call up a user's favorite contacts.

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Spotlight search now suggests

The Spotlight search tool also has more functionality. Now you can search for iTunes apps, music, and movies  that aren't included in your personal library.

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Curious about Point Reyes?

Points of interests are also searchable through Spotlight, which calls up directions and Wiki entries.

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Predictive text with QuickType

QuickType is a new feature in iOS 8 that displays suggested words for messaging.

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Your answers anticipated beforehand

Predictive text also anticipates a user's reply to another person's text.

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Expanded options with group messaging

Updated group messaging features include naming a thread, turning off notifications (Do Not Disturb) for particular threads, and adding and removing users.

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iOS 8 gets into your health

A bevvy of new health apps have been included with Apple's app suite called Health. Here, a user can keep track of calories burned and sleep behavior.

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Nike stats about your fitness

The interface for the Nike+ Rundown app.

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Parental controls for apps

iOS 8 introduces a few parental controls for the iTunes store. One includes asking for permission from a parent for app purchases.

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Finally, third-party keyboard support

iOS 8 will support third-party keyboards like SwiftKey, which enables users to type with an ultraconvenient swiping motion.

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Control your home on your phone

In order to facilitate home automation management, iOS 8 has HomeKit, where users can control the locks, lights, and cameras inside their homes through their mobile devices.

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Additional features

Other minor addutions included in iOS are 24 new dictation languages, auto night mode for iBooks, FaceTime call waiting, and an ICE card.

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Available on certain devices

A beta version of iOS 8 is available to developers today, but it will arrive to users in the fall on select devices.

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