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Apple's Federighi unveils iOS 8

Updates to notifications menu

Interact directly with an app

Better viewing of Safari app

Fast access to Favorite contacts

Spotlight search now suggests

Curious about Point Reyes?

Predictive text with QuickType

Your answers anticipated beforehand

Expanded options with group messaging

iOS 8 gets into your health

Nike stats about your fitness

Parental controls for apps

Finally, third-party keyboard support

Control your home on your phone

Additional features

Available on certain devices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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The interface for the Nike+ Rundown app.

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

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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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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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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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