Best Features of iOS 8

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Apple has continually raised the bar in the mobile phone world with their groundbreaking hardware designs as well as their innovative Operating Systems. 2014 brings with it the release of both the iPhone 5 (s and c models), the iPhone 6 (regular and Plus models), and iOS 8.

With iOS8 being released to the public in Sept of 2014 (just days ahead of the new iPhone 6) many users are getting to try it out before purchasing new hardware. There have been some mixed reviews about the new Operating System but most result in a net positive score for the upgrade. Below are the best feature and upgrades you get with the new iOS.

The Top Ten

1 Improved Messaging

Not only do you get the typical iMessaging but you can see more details about your conversation partner. From a Details screen that shows you all the files and pics sent from or to that contact, to better and faster word guessing, you can be in more control of your conversations. You also get a DnD button in case you're busy and want to put a conversation on hold for a while.

Messaging is such an important connection between people. I'm glad this is constantly improved. - keyson

In the old update the messaging lack too much and plus it freeze while writing. that's why the new update is decent.

Ios is dump my iPhone is so slow

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2 Locations in Messaging

All of this stuff has been on android for years what are you sheep doing

You can quickly send a shapshot of exactly where you are. Should help when finding your friend in a crowd or waiting to meet up with someone.

3 Improved Camera Settings

You can do more in-camera editing without needing 3rd party apps. From exposure sliders to color correction, you can now make your photos look even better. You can also use a built-in time-lapse mode for making those awesome videos.

Ever since it came out, I've been having fun with the time lapse feature

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4 Hands-Free Siri

If your phone is plugged in you can now simply talk to your phone without having to push any buttons. Great when driving or typing and you don't want to stop...

Hands-free Siri is excellent. Thanks to Apple for making me like her more. - PositronWildhawk

5 3rd Party Developer Mods

The fact is iOS 8, pretty much means that Apple doesn't have to do any work they just let developers do it for them, and that's what makes it so good! The actual people who use it can do what THEY want and whats best for them!

6 Faster Contacts

Hit the home button twice and you'll not only get your open apps but also recent contacts that can be access by simply touching the circle for them and immediately you're ready to call, email or text.

7 Siri Replaces Shazam

She can identify songs with iOS8 and the song she identifies is added to a list on the iTunes Store. Very cool. - PositronWildhawk

8 Home Features

Apple is getting into the home-automation market by allowing the iOS8 phones to communicate with your at home appliances. Turn your lights off, set the thermostat, close the garage, lock the doors. All a possibility with the right home hardware and apps now.

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9 Health Features

IOS 8 can now seamlessly connect to your health devices like FitBit and Jawbone. Oh, and it can also connect to things like the Mayo Clinic to send word to your doctor that you need assistance...

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10 New Photo Library

You can now search for photos by location date, and other categories. Saves looking through years worth of photos for that exact match...

I actually hate this feature because my camera roll is harder to use

The Contenders

11 New Family Account Feature
12 Improved Notification Center

Now you can see more than weather and stocks in your lock screen notification view. You can also read and respond to texts and events without having to unlock your phone.

13 Spotlight Searches

You used to only be able to search apps and emails on your phone. Now it includes the web. You'll get your local results as well as wiki and basic Google matches. Not all-encompassing but a start...

14 Calling
15 Deleting Yourself From Group Chats

GOOD, I'm tired of getting messages from people every 3 seconds.

16 Camera Feature
17 Time Lapse Videos
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