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What are you most excited about in iOS 8?

What are you most excited about in iOS 8?

We're now a full day removed from the torrent of information Apple threw at us at WWDC 2014 concerning iOS 8, and hopefully by now most folks will have had chance for most of it to sink in a little. There are so many different features to get excited about that it's probably hard to pick a favorite. But we're going to ask anyway. What are you most excited about in iOS 8? Does iCloud Drive give you the cloud storage solution you've been hankering for? How about the impressive new Messages features? Perhaps you're most keen on Continuity, the enhanced synchronicity between your iPhone, iPad and and Mac? Something else?

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iOS 8 AirPlay won't need a network connection

Here's an interesting tidbit about iOS 8 that Apple didn't give stage time to, and that's the removal of a necessary network connection for AirPlay. It's not even easily noticeable on Apple's iOS 8 preview site either, but there, nestled within the enterprise section is what we're looking for:

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Apple CarPlay confirmed for new Volvo XC90

Volvo announced the new XC90 a short time ago and today is back with yet more details on its interior workings, and it's good news on the CarPlay front. Alongside built in technology from HERE, Volvo has confirmed – as expected – that Apple CarPlay support will be included. From the official press release:

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Check out Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 previews now!

The WWDC 2014 keynote is done, the dust is settling, and you're no doubt eager to take a more relaxed look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. Fortunately Apple already has you covered on both parts with its preview pages for both operating systems now live over on Apple.com.

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Metal helps game developers get the most out of iOS hardware

Apple has announced Metal, a way to help game developers get the most power out of iPhone hardware in iOS 8. Metal reduces OpenGL overhead and is described by Apple as "near bare-to-the-metal" of the Apple A7 chip.

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iOS 8 provides support for third-party keyboards

iOS 8 will feature support for system-wide, third-party keyboards. It will now be possible to install keyboards like SwiftKey, Fleksy, and more as your default option throughout iOS.

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App Store has 1.2 million apps, 75 billion apps downloaded to date

Apple has announced some new App Store numbers on stage at WWDC 2014. In addition to having 1.2 million apps, the App Store has 300 million weekly visitors, and over 75 billion apps have been downloaded since the Store's introduction in 2008.

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Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

iOS 8 will feature some important updates for Siri. This includes some hands-free functionality, the rumored Shazam functionality, and streaming voice recognition.

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Apple announces new enterprise features in iOS 8

Apple has announced new enterprise features as part of iOS 8. These include more powerful S/MIME features, VIP threads, and much more.

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