Best iOS 8 Features – Complete List

Best iOS 8 Features, The range of new abilities that Apple has made possible in the just released iOS 8 that will run iPhone, iPod and iPad will be loved by users. With it Apple has reached out to critics who for some time have believed that Android is better than iOS. Now more than ever before iOS 8 enables use of third party apps, as Apple comes away from strict policies as they encourage diverse productivity with more sharing between apps, among other features found in Android. Such include third party keyboards, custom actions, and photo editing apps among others.


Though it is not a complete overhaul, it is certain that the firmware will bring major improvements to how Apple devices operate, something that may serve as a reason not to jailbreak. To prove that below is more than two dozen of features that you may love. However it must be noted that some features only work on other hardware models. iOS 8 compatibility is limited to iPhone 4s onwards, iPad 2 onwards and the fifth generation iPod touch. Because of legal issues some features are not available for certain markets.

Bundles for apps

App Store Bundles makes it possible for developers to put up to 10 of their apps in sets that simply need a tap to buy. This means bundled up apps will cost less as compared to single apps, a tool that will prove beneficial to developers. After purchasing, these apps download individually into the device. Just like “complete My Album” on iTunes, “Complete My Bundle” enables you to download the bundle you already own without paying.

Other improvements in the app store are TestFlight for testing beta software, video preview with screen shots, and enhanced search among others.

Battery usage by app

The new battery usage section under “General” shows how apps consume battery. It shows proportions consumes in the last 24 hours or seven days. This is only possible when it is not charging. This helps point out and uninstall apps that are not economical.

Custom Actions

iOS 8 firmware makes it possible to make third party custom actions on safari through JavaScript that enables great new functions of iOS 8 apps. Bundling Custom actions is only possible with their apps. Simply put, when an app is installed its customs actions come along through multi-purpose Sharesheet. Custom actions may come with or without an interface, for instance the Bing translate action that replaces a text on a webpage with a translated version automatically.

It is even possible to reorder custom actions buttons as those actions commonly used are a tap away. Examples of such buttons include those that let you watermark documents, put more stuff to the wish list, increase items on Pinboard among others. A deeper interaction is enable between third party apps by custom actions. It also drives massive enhancements coming from innovation.

Desktop site in Safari

Just in the same way Google Chrome switches from a mobile site to a desktop counterpart, Safari also is now able to do something similar. Go to the website using Safari address bar that also doubles up as search bar which comes together with your favourite and most visited sites. Bring the list down to reveal “request desktop site” options. Selecting it allows Safari to reveal a desk-top webpage; it also allows you to add the site as favourite.

Extensibility and App Extensions

Maybe this could be the biggest shift from Apple as Extensibility allows your apps to interact with one another in a similar fashion as Android. For instance instagram will have the ability to add a share sheet to iOS to make posting quicker, as Pinterest can allow webpage or pinning of photos within a browser.

App Extensions are automatically installed when the host app is downloaded since they come as part of the apps binary. Third party app extensions such as Share, Photo Editing, Storage Provider, Document Picker, Today, Custom Keyboard and Custom Actions are supported by iOS.

Share extensions allow extra options when sharing photos, videos, and websites and among other services online. Photo Editing extensions add filters for photo and video editing straight into stock Photos or Camera apps.

Storage Providers serve as interfaces for apps and other storages; for instance Dropbox. Document Pickers allows picking of files not within an app’s sandbox, this enables editing the same document in a single app without creating other copies. Today extensions are simply widgets found in Today view at the notification centre. These offer faster updates such quotes, breaking news among others.

Custom Keyboards are straight forward as they involve tasks such as translating a webpage, adding water marks to documents among others in apps that enable Share sheets from iOS.

Sharing with the family

Family Sharing is a new addition that enables the use of purchased iOS 8 and Yosemite apps, and media from iTunes among a maximum of 6 devices without the need to use the same user ID. Found under iCloud settings, it calls for one to have a master device with a filed credit card. It also comes with parent control through the master device that regulates online purchases and downloads by other devices. It also comes handy for sharing photos, calendars and reminders with members of the family. You can also use it to track other iOS devices belonging to family members and friends.

Developers have the power to choose whether or not they wish to have their apps available through family share.  This option is provided to them by Apple through iTunes Connect Developer Portal. Users of iOS and Mac apps have a label specialized for information about the seller, app and category.

Flyover City Tours

Besides the three dimension aerial view found in Flyover which came with iOS 6, iOS 8 has included a virtual tour of chosen landmarks and cities such as Wellington in New Zealand among other places. Turn on the 3D view available in Apple Maps by tapping the “i” button found on the upper right then go to the place using the search field, you should be able to see the 3D flyover label. The feature has a limitation to a few locations on Flyover.


This is the major part that promotes Apples philosophy of continuity for its technology meant for seamless switch between iOS and Macs. Simply put Handoff enables you do tasks over different devices allowed with the same iCloud account. For instance starting an email on your iPhone and completing it on your Mac later. It requires a short range blue tooth 4.0 connection as it will place an app icon on your lock screen for iOS device or Dock on Mac.

Health app

This is the central part of every health and fitness data as Apple takes advantage of the Health Kit in iOS 8. Devices such as Apple watch and iPhone 5s/6/6plus are able to use the HealthKit to read and store data from health database. This enables you to share health data with your doctor among other things. This data kept over time can give a picture of how healthy you are using a dashboard that can be set to include or exclude things like heart rates, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol or even more. Better still you can create an emergency card that can be found by swiping left of the lock screen, then hitting emergency then medical ID.

There is a whole new health section found in Settings then Privacy then Health with apps for health, it is found in iPhone 4s or latter and fifth generation iPod touch.

Hey, Siri

Siri now comes with a full time listening mode but only if the device is in a power source. It is listens to keyword such as “Hey, Siri” that activates a digital assistant. Though it is restricted just to when it is charging, it is still useful when working on other things and need response from Siri across the room without interfering with battery life. To activate it go to settings then General then Siri, this should switch ON the voice activation. It also works with Shazam to identify the song that is playing when you ask “what song is playing”. It comes with up to 22 language compatibility and streaming voice recognition that displays real time text of what you are saying, though you must connect to the internet.

iCloud Drive

It is now possible to use this free storage of up to 5GB store both personal files and apps. This uses inbuilt iCloud compatibility in Yosemite finder or windows web interface on It enables you not just to upload and download files but delete, share and many more.

Any app that uses iCloud document picker becomes automatically supported by iCloud Drive. This enables you to store files in random places. To allow apps keep data on iCloud, go to settings then iCloud and tap the iCloud switch to ON. You are also able to choose which apps should upload using cellular data. More logical than before, apps can now share documents using this feature. This reduces the work done when using multiple apps to work on the same document.

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