iOS 8 - Biggest Difference from 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by cassini007, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. cassini007 macrumors member

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    I haven't had the privilege of trying out iOS 8 (just the public Yosemite beta).

    For those of you who have used iOS8, what would you say is the biggest difference, or improvement, in terms of day-to-day use from iOS 7?

    I ask this because the interface for both look very similar, at least from static screenshots. But from experience it's one thing to see screenshots, and another to actually use a software product regularly.
     
  2. Dan70 macrumors regular

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    My opinion is that the messages app in general has had a massive overhaul which I really like. From quick reply (the notification that pops down from the top of the screen) to the group message improvements and the new audio/video messaging, I think it's come a long way.

    Everything else that's been updated has mainly been small graphical tweaks and real estate movement.

    One thing I do like is the "Hey Siri" feature although it's a real shame that you need to have your phone plugged in charging for it to be enabled. Not to mention the iOS and OSX device group you own being able to piggyback on your iPhone and accept calls and texts.

    Not a great deal really but there are some really handy features that have been introduced for sure so it's not a pointless update by any means.
     
  3. deviant macrumors 65816

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    Making calls and replying to texts could be the reason alone to update from day one for me. It's a deal breaker, don't even mention the rest.. All the times i come home and change my clothes, leave the phone in the pocket and then search like a mad man for it when it rings cause it might be an important call. It's really a beautiful feature and makes you think "why didn't they make it like.. 3 years ago?".
     
  4. theapplefanboyj macrumors 6502a

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    Continuity and Handoff. I will be updating to the GM. I'm willing to give up my jailbreak for this.
     
  5. BarryL macrumors 6502

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    I'll try iOS 8 on my iPod touch.. Then decide to upgrade my 5.
     
  6. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

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    It has to be Extensibility (inter app communication, 3rd party widgets and keyboards), quick reply and a lot more :)
     
  7. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    Control Center's new look is something I encounter all the time. So the fact that when I change the brightness, I can actually see the brightness being changed, is a good thing although trivial.

    The photos app and camera will have changes you will see probably on a daily basis such as the custom brightness in the camera app and the date and location for the photos you take.

    In the future you'll run into Notification Center widgets here and there for many apps. 3rd party keyboards will likely be based on preference really.
     
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Never mind three years ago, this was available in 2002 - 12 years ago! It was cut when they announced the iPhone. Obviously they've decided it was useful enough to bring it back.

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  9. Dan70 macrumors regular

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    I was really confused with where you were going with that then you said it was cut which made a lot of sense! Especially with the incredibly old looking UI there. A very useful feature, I had no idea it was originally part of OSX.
     
  10. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I think the idea is a great one, but I don't think the technology was mature enough back then for it to work reliably.
    Hopefully, a decade and a bit later, they've sorted all the issues! :p
     
  11. estabya macrumors 6502

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    I sure hope so. This is definitely the feature I am most looking forward to.
     
  12. Crichton333 macrumors 6502

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    Wow, a blast from the past.
     
  13. deviant macrumors 65816

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    Wow!!! Do you possibly remember how it worked? I'm super curious!

    I remember i could send texts from a windows machine using nokia software ( i had the 6630) but i don't remember if it was usb only or bluetooth as well. but calls.. never heard about that :)
     
  14. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I was quite young at the time (too young to have had a mobile phone), but I remember my dad used it quite a bit - and subsequently complained of how it didn't work very well...

    The only article I could find about it was here: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2002/11/27/sms.html

    It describes pretty much in full detail how you'd set up and use the feature.
     
  15. deviant macrumors 65816

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    On Jaguar!!! CRAZY!
     
  16. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    They have made some good improvements and adjustments, but the fact the Music.app still sucks compared to iOS 6 is a shame... a real shame.

    Other than that, I like iOS 8 way better than 7.
     
  17. Dan70 macrumors regular

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    I'm waiting for the 'Up Next' feature. Once that becomes available in the Music app then I'll consider the app to be pretty much finished in a sense. The fact they still haven't included that yet does annoy me. It's so good to use that feature on my Mac and I'd love it on my phone.

    A quick playlist that essentially disappears when played. Would be so good. Permanent playlists are just annoying to me, I want to pick some songs and just listen to them on a one off. My tastes change per day as to what I want to listen to in my library.
     
  18. lovewd macrumors 6502

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    I think the changes to the messages app and photos are the best
     
  19. Hisoka17 macrumors newbie

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    Iphone is introducing their new Phone Iphone 6 tomorrow and everything will be clear :D
     
  20. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    There's two huge improvements over iOS 7 - extensions and Mobile Safari. I've got an ancient iPad 3 and installed Beta 5 on it last night - Safari (and Mail) were smooth, fast, and accurate - even without a clean install. iOS 8B5 made my iPad 3 nice to use again.

    With all of the hacking crap, and an owner of 1Password - I'll stop using iCloud password synching. I've been an advocate of extensible OSes and apps for over 20 years (ouch). With iOS 8 extensions - there's no reason for me to ever consider Android again for any reason.
     
  21. deluxeshredder macrumors 6502a

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    It's like Vista SP2 - not as bad as it was once.
     
  22. FotoDirk macrumors member

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    I don't think there is a difference between a clean install and an upgrade on iOS. That is an option on OSX, but not on iOS. So however you install it, it will be a clean install.


    The iCloud password synch has not been hacked yet. And 1Password can be hacked just as well. So it is hard to tell which one is more secure than the other.
     
  23. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    Talk about paranoia... (1Password owner here as well, but there's really no reason to fear iCloud syncing as long as you have a reasonably strong password.)
     
  24. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    Your iCloud passwords are very secure. Ever notice you have to put in another security code when you try and activate keychain? And sometimes a text message code.
     
  25. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    Melodramatic, yes, but paranoia? F that. Paranoia: "suspicion and mistrust of people or their actions without evidence or justification".

    Last year I had to deal with the Adobe breach and two of my 401k companies having executives walking off with personal data. And, yes, I bought some stuff at Home Depot. Justification enough for me.
     

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