Apple Announces iOS 8 with Touch ID for Apps, QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards and More

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple announced iOS 8 at the keynote event of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference today. iOS 8 gets a multitude of new features for consumers, including revamped notification features, an upgrade to auto-correct called QuickType, support for third-party keyboards, improvements to Mail, and a new health tracking component called Health.

    Notification Center
    Interactive notifications let users pull down notifications and interact with them to respond to text messages or other notifications without leaving the current open app, or complete actions from notifications shown on the lock screen. In a demo, Craig Federighi was able to reply to an iMessage and like a Facebook post directly from the on-screen notification, which popped over a separate app he was using.

    Keyboard Enhancements
    A new feature in the iOS keyboard called QuickType, adds predictive typing suggestions that adapt to the current context. QuickType learns each users habits and language while protecting privacy. Along with QuickType enhancing the existing iOS keyboards, Apple is going to allow users to install third-party keyboards for the first time, which means keyboards like Swype can be used natively on the operating system.

    Messages Improvements
    Messages gets the ability to name conversation threads, add and remove people from group conversations, allow users to leave group conversations, a feature that has been much-requested by users. In addition to leaving a message thread, users also have the option to turn on "Do Not Disturb," which will mute message notifications from a noisy group message thread.

    With iOS 8, Messages allows users to share their locations right within the app. It also allows audio and video messages to be recorded directly in the Messages app and sent to friends. These messages can be viewed inline or via the lock screen. Craig Federighi showed off a neat trick with an audio message -- he held the phone up to his ear to reply, with the message automatically sending when he lowered the phone.

    HealthKit is a new developer API that will gather and consolidate users' health information from multiple sources and apps, such as those from Nike and Fitbit. A corresponding "Health" app will monitor fitness metrics, linking into third-party apps to gather data.

    Apple has been testing HealthKit with the Mayo Clinic, letting patients and doctors work together using HealthKit to get personalized thresholds for readings, notifying doctors automatically when something is wrong. HealthKit aims to bridge the gap between patients, doctors, and health-tracking devices. According to the Mayo Clinic, HealthKit has the potential to "revolutionize" how the health industry works.

    Siri gets several updates, with the ability to be invoked hands-free with the phrase "Hey, Siri" along with Shazam song recognition, 22 new dictation languages, streaming voice recognition to show users search results as they speak, and more.

    There are thousands of new APIs for developers, and one of the most exciting of those was Extensibility. This feature allows apps within iOS 8 to share information with each other and with the Notification Center. Demoed on stage, Extensibility allowed filters from third-party apps to be used directly on pictures within the Photos app and it also brought Bing translation to Safari.

    Extensibility also allows apps to install widgets within the Notification Center, which work similar to existing Apple widgets for the Calendar, Stocks, and more. This was demoed with an ESPN SportsCenter widget, which allowed sports scores to be displayed automatically within Notification Center.

    Touch ID
    Developers will also be able to access Touch ID for the first time to protect sensitive apps. Fingerprint data will be kept separate, but authentication will automatically unlock passwords stored in keychain to grant user access to apps.

    Family Sharing
    A Family Sharing feature will let families share photos, calendars, reminders, and more among up to six family members at once. Family Sharing also allows families (of up to 6 people) with Apple ID accounts using the same credit card to share apps and books. With Family Sharing enabled, when a child attempts to purchase an app, an adult will get a popup on their own device asking them to approve the purchase.

    iOS 8 will support most recent Apple iOS devices with the notable exception of the iPhone 4. iOS 8 will be available to developers as a beta today and it will be released to the public in the fall.

    MacRumors readers can discuss the upcoming iOS version in our new iOS 8 forum.

    Article Link: Apple Announces iOS 8 with Touch ID for Apps, QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards and More
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 9, 2011
    southerner trapped 'up north' (UK)
    quite excited about ios8 :D

    QuickType sounds potentially really useful!

    Tab view in safari - finally
  3. macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
    Hopefully iOS 9 will look more like Yosemite because it actually looks nice.
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2013
  6. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    lets see how many features will exclude the iPhone 5 for no reason.

    also still no real "open with" ??? did i see that right? god damn
  7. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  8. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    Still no changes to multitasking I guess? Not a huge deal for me but I know some people wanted split screen multitasking.

    I know I will be building SlothCam as a notification center widget and StepTracker as a HealthKit widget in the near future.
  9. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 25, 2012
  10. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
  11. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    Ditto. I really was looking forward to it.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Sep 23, 2008
    Nope, it wasn’t mentioned on the list.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Here's the full list from the Dev download page.

    Attached Files:

  14. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2008
    an improved version of Swiftkey and Swype would be great!
  16. NOV
    macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2004
    The Netherlands
    So no multitasking? Pheww

    Are we now allowed to make tags to the pictures we take or still no go?
  17. macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2007
  18. macrumors 68040

    Jan 8, 2013
    that was changed since iOS7.1
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
  20. macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    I always wondered why they removed the ability to tweet or post to facebook from the notification center. So now you can "like" FB notifications, but still can't post a status? Weird. :confused:
  21. Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Q Division, Los Angeles
  22. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2012
    Banff, AB
    Awesome, just so much more than I expected. It's been a while I had been impressed like this. Can hardly believe my second gen iPad that was my first apple purchase ever that originally came out with iOS4 will get it's forth OS. I think it'll became the longest supported product made by Apple what a purchase that was :).

    Can't wait for Yosemite as well, looks like an awesome update as well. Well done Apple, looking forward for all that wonderful new software to be available to everyone this fall!
  23. macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    No sorry - it's just lost support :(
  24. NOV
    macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2004
    The Netherlands
    =iPad 3d generation
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    Look again. It's listed as iPad (3rd Generation)

    EDIT: ^ beat me to it.

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