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iOS 8 review

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iOS 8 review

Last year Apple stripped iOS bare in order to redefine how we do things. This year they build atop everything that came before in order to redefine what we can do.

iOS 8 is the latest version of the operating system software that powers every iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. That's hundreds of millions of mobile devices used day in, day out, by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

It includes updates to Messages and Photos, and an all-new Health app, a predictive keyboard and contextual Spotlight, interactive notifications and better Mail and Safari, Family Sharing options and Continuity workflows, and there's Extensibility, which allows for custom keyboards, custom sharing and action options, custom photo filters and effects, notification center widgets, iCloud Drive, and custom storage providers.

There are also new frameworks like HomeKit for home automation, manual camera controls, Touch ID authentication for third party apps, SpriteKit, SceneKit, and Metal for games, and a new programming language called Swift.

Yang to iOS 7’s yin, iOS 8 is a functional rejuvenation that counterbalances last year's visual refresh. And just like last year, when iOS 7 was called the biggest redesign since the first iPhone shipped in 2007, iOS 8 is being called the most important upgrade since the App Store launched in 2008. So, is it?

Read on for our comprehensive review of iOS 8.

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6 min ago

Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted

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Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted

I have had my eye on the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter‎ for quite a while, though I was never quite ready to drop $300 for one. So when Parrot offered to send me one, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. When the package arrived at my door, I quickly dropped what I was doing and got to work (well, got to play I guess). I popped open the box, pulled out all of the pieces, installed the free app (Android & iOS) and it was up, up, and away!

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23 min ago

iMore show 421 LIVE today 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 8pm GMT

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iMore show 421 LIVE today 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 8pm GMT

Join Rene, Peter, and Ally for our annual iPhone buyers guide show. iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Which color, capacity, carrier, and other options should you consider? We'll go over everything, so make sure you join us!

Want to be part of the show?

  • Join us live right here at 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 8pm GMT
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41 min ago

The choice in iOS 8 makes it the best one yet

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The choice in iOS 8 makes it the best one yet

There's an old saying; "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." Personally speaking that's how picking up an iPhone or iPad after using other mobile platforms – predominantly Android – has felt until iOS 8 came along. But no more. iOS 8 truly is Apple's latest and very greatest, and finally some of the features many of us have either experienced elsewhere or looked longingly at from afar are here. And we should thank Apple for that.

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57 min ago

New and updated apps: Flipboard, Modern Combat 5, Spotify and more!

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New and updated apps: Flipboard, Modern Combat 5, Spotify and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got updates to some great apps, a new one that gives you access to all your favorites and more!

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1 hour ago

Phones4u iPhone 6 pre-orders on EE's network can still get their phones

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Phones4u iPhone 6 pre-orders on EE's network can still get their phones

The shutdown of UK retailer Phones 4U a few days ago has caused people who have pre-ordered the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to wonder if they might miss out on getting them on Friday. Now EE has revealed that Phones 4u customers who have pre-ordered the iPhone 6 devices for use on EE's network might still be able to get their phone tomorrow.

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2 hours ago

Storehouse iPad app can now be used by iPhone owners in new update

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Storehouse iPad app can now be used by iPhone owners in new update

Storehouse, the acclaimed multimedia creation app for the iPad, has now been updated to not only support iOS 8 but allows access to iPhone owners for the first time.

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2 hours ago

iOS 8 kills iPhoto and forces a messy transition to Photos

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iOS 8 kills iPhoto and forces a messy transition to Photos

iOS 8 kills iPhoto and forces a messy transition to Photos

One consequence of upgrading to iOS 8: You're no longer going to be able to use the iOS version of iPhoto. From here on out you're supposed to use Photos. What's worse, it may be a very painful transition if you invested in some of iPhoto's features. Read on for details.

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2 hours ago

CNN iPhone app gets a revamped design for iOS 8

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CNN iPhone app gets a revamped design for iOS 8

The CNN news app for the iPhone has now been updated with a new design that supports iOS 8, including an new landscape mode that takes advantage of the larger screens available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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3 hours ago

New View Source iOS 8 app lets Safari users check out source code in websites

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New View Source iOS 8 app lets Safari users check out source code in websites

The launch of iOS 8 is inspiring some app developers to do some cool things. One of them is Paul Hudson who has just released an app called View Source that allows Safari users to finally check out the source code for websites.

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3 hours ago

How to switch from Android to iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

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How to switch from Android to iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

So, you've been living in the Android world for a while and now you're looking to give a new iPhone a go. And why not? The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the first large screen iPhones that Apple has ever made so it's totally understandable that there's going to be one or two people moving over from Google's mobile world.

Fortunately moving all your stuff with you needn't be a chore and in no time at all you can be up and running on a brand new iPhone with all your Android phone stored particulars along for the ride.

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3 hours ago

Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Bulbs now on sale in US and Canada

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Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Bulbs now on sale in US and Canada

Belkin has announced that its WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, which can be controlled by an iOS app, are now on sale in the US and Canada, both as individual bulbs as well as in a Starter Kit that includes a WeMo Link which can control up to 50 of those lights.

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3 hours ago

iMore show 420: iOS 8 review

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iMore show 420: iOS 8 review

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode: iOS 8 is here and we're going to review it! Join Rene and Ally as they go through everything from Extensibility to Continuity, Mail to Safari, HealthKit to HomeKit, Spotlight to QuickType, and more!

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3 hours ago

Deal of the Day: TYLT POWERPLANT 5200mAh Lightning Battery Pack

Deal of the Day: TYLT POWERPLANT 5200mAh Lightning Battery Pack

You won't always be around a charger, whether you're camping, hiking, traveling or just out and about without a means to power up your depleting device. The 5200mAh POWERPLANT Battery Pack plugs into your lightning device and provides life when you need it most, even for a 2nd device! Yours today for just $49.95!

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4 hours ago

17 thousand iMore readers have voted! Find out who's getting an iPhone 6... and who's getting an iPhone 6 Plus!

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