iOS 8's "one more thing" that Apple didn't have time to announce at WWDC

iOS 8 features that Apple didn't have time to announce at WWDC

There were lots of new things that were announced for iOS 8, but Apple didn't have time to introduce everything on stage at WWDC. We'll group these features, many of which didn't get a proper mention, in this "one more thing" post and round them up, with some notable ones including FaceTime call waiting, WiFi calling, Shazam with Siri.

Here is the rundown of the features that we can expect to see with iOS 8 that Apple briefly flashed on a slide during the keynote:

  • Shazam with Siri
  • Auto night mode for iBooks
  • Rich text editing in Notes
  • Purchase iTunes content with Siri
  • In Case of Emergency card
  • RSS feeds in shared links
  • iBooks built into iOS
  • 'Hey Siri' for hands-free car use
  • Instant burst mode for camera
  • Private browsing
  • WiFi calling
  • Braille keyboard
  • Flyover city tours inside Maps app
  • Separate focus and exposure for Camera app
  • Panoramic photos on iPad
  • Improved zoom for accessibility
  • Battery usage by apps
  • Travel time notifications
  • Vector maps and navigation for China
  • 24 new dictation languages
  • iBooks show books in a series
  • Touch ID to exit from Guided Access
  • Camera timer
  • FaceTime call waiting
  • Time limits and countdown timer for Guided Access
  • Lunar calendar support
  • More language support for dictionaries and keyboards for increased localization
  • Alex voice for accessibility
  • Multi-device support for
  • Speak screen
  • Tips app
  • DuckDuckGo support in Safari

Some of those features, such as lunar calendar support and the camera exposure, were featured during the keynote, but others such as iBooks being built into iOS 8 and DuckDuckGo support as a search engine alternative to Google, Yahoo, and Bing for Safari were not covered.

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Makes me wonder what features will make it to the iPhone 5 vs the 5S. I'd like a bit extra control in the camera app as well as many of the others listed. I just wonder what the device "cut off" will be with iOS 8. (iPhone 4S?)

I imagine my iPad 2 will not see the big leap as much as I love that investment I put into it.

Apple listed the devices that will run iOS 8. The iPad 2 is noted as running it. The iPhone 4S is the oldest model to use iOS 8, as the iPhone 4 is phased out.

Yeah but just because a Device makes it to iOS 8 doesn't mean that it will be allowed/be able to take advantage of all the features. Take Airdrop for example: Which is not supported on iPad 2/iPhone 4 even though both are iOS 7 comparable devices.

No reason for the hostility. I am rather impressed that both run iOS 7 and the possibility of running the latest software has really made my iPad 2 a winner in longevity and device support. The hardware of the iPhone 4S uses the same hardware as the iPad 2 in both CPU and GPU abilities.

What really surprises me is my technical "dinosaur" of an iPad may see iOS 8 along with my iPhone 5. Both older than my Galaxy Tab 3 that was "promised" an update to Android 4.4.2 "kit-kat" yet shipped with a older release than what the Galaxy Tab 2 has with no foreseeable update from the 4.1.2 firmware that it's still running out of the box.

Sometimes, things never go as planned. As old as my iPad is, I'm rather impressed. I expect a missing feature or two but that's just the gamble you take on choosing a phone or tablet or even a entire computer.

That's good to hear as my old 64GB iPad 2 is rather long in the tooth, I'm happy that it's not down for the count just yet. Things may change as time goes by but I've certainly gotten my money's worth when I bought my iPad 2. The only awful part of it being the cameras inside it for a premium device during its prime.

My iPhone 5 I hope doesn't bog down with the update when it releases to the public. My iPad on the other hand does get bogged down once in a while with iOS 7 but considering how long I've had it, I am reminded of trying to run OS X on my old Lombard PowerBook G3. It worked... You just hard to re-learn the meaning of patience since 10.2.8 was the best the old classic beauty could run.

Thanks for the heads up!

All that means is that the OS will run on the device, it does not say anything about features of that OS that will or will not be supported. For example, I have an iPhone 5 and an iPad 2, both with iOS7. The iPhone does not support TouchID or VoLTE (supposedly, the 5s supports VoLTE). The iPad does not support Siri, nor AirDrop. And those are just the items I know of.

How much of the new features will be unsupported on my two devices? Though I hope to be able to afford to upgrade to the iPhone 6 the beginning of next year, I doubt I'll be able to afford to upgrade my iPad anytime soon.

Generally, when they don't support a feature on an older device, it's because of hardware differences (the 5S was the first iPhone to have a fingerprint scanner, so obviously nothing earlier supports TouchID). If there's not a relevant hardware difference, the device will get the feature. BUT, Apple doesn't like to have to accommodate different hardware specifications at all, so if the feature would have to be implemented differently at all on the older device (or if the performance would be noticeably compromised), they'll often drop it (e.g., they could have made AirDrop work on older iPads with some very minor tweaks, but they opted not to.)

Sometimes this can be frustrating, but it's forgivable. Apple is considerably better about support for older devices than most of its competitors, and while it annoys me that my iPad is one model "too old" for AirDrop, at least my iPad does well those things that it can do... I'm not sure that I'd be happier if they took the opposite approach and implemented a bunch of features that couldn't run perfectly on the hardware.

If I were to guess, I wouldn't count on getting anything bluetooth dependent on you iPad. I'm not sure that they'll provide all of the Continuity features to old devices. I would expect to get the updates to Mail, access to iCloud Drive, etc., though, and the software to make use of new app features, like notification center widgets and extensions.

As far as I'm aware.. they won't 'exclude' any features intentionally in this release per say.. They generally only exclude features they announced with the new iPhone or iPad..

So if it was announced here, they will likely allow it if the hardware is capable.. We will likely see features held back that they introduce with the iPhone 6 though.. but we've no clue what those might be....

Nice to see iOS catching up to Android KitKat in the features department. However, Apple still didn't sell a "must-have" feature in iOS8. Most of this stuff already exists elsewhere.

I am happy that the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S are still being supported. I own both and will enjoy upgrading to iOS8 to check out the new stuff.

But as I said, it looks more like just a "catch-up" to Android to me.

Hopefully the iPhone 6 itself will have a must-have hardware feature. These phones and OSes seem like they have all plateaued.

Netherscourge says: "...These phones and OSes seem like they have all plateaued."

I agree. I think the days of MASSIVE technological leaps forward in phones are behind us. What is in front of us is integration and continuity. That's why what happened at WWDC today is significant. In the past it was about having the phone. It is now about being in the ecosystem.

A welcome "catch-up" feature is still a welcome feature, in my book. I am glad that Apple is savvy enough to implement good features from other platforms. I just wish they would not sic legal teams on anybody who does the same to them.

What they are selling isn't individual feature spec sheet.. it's the total integration package: secure, easy, and stable.. Things like continuity where you can literally take what your working on your iPad and pop it over to your macbook with a simple click.. the fully integrated package.. Thats their strength and the right play for them.. You want bleeding edge.. thats Android.. Just don't expect it to integrate as well with any of your older stuff..

Thats the reason they showed the near 0 malware issues with iOS and the massive security issues with Android and it's fragmentation.. They both have their merits.. This was about them showing theirs.. and I'm happy with it.. very happy.

The "massive security issues" with Android are almost nonexistent. Yes, if a phone does get malware, it is more than likely an Android device. But how often does that happen? Almost never. I've been on Android for years. I'm not even careful and I've never experienced malware and I've yet to read of anyone on the multiple Android sites I frequent who has.

I somewhat agree with the fragmentation issue, though it has gotten slightly better during the past couple of years. Personally, it doesn't effect me because I only buy Nexus, Moto, or Google Play Edition devices, but I recognize it as a problem with the OS in general.

I thought today's keynote was very decent as a lover of both ecosystems. Still, I doubt anything will convince me to give up my Android phone/iPad/Mac setup that I have right now. Android phones are just simply better for me while I prefer iPads and Macs to their competition on other platforms.

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Not everybody could get their hands on pure stock android(nexus devices)... They end up buying samsung... Too many bloatware, lagging... Malware... What else?

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Actually most people can. They're just not aware of their existence. People who are weary of signing contracts biannually and locking themselves into a carrier are usually thrilled when they find out they can get a device for just a little more than high-end on-contract phone costs. What sucks is that Nexus devices are severely undermarketed and people who would buy them don't know they exist.

But there are still options for the general consumer. Motorola's X and G devices are fantastic, low-priced on and off contract (well, the G isn't on a contract, but it's still low priced) and available on every carrier. They also have a refined Android experience, added features that aren't just gimmicks, and have been updated to the latest versions of Android almost instantly. Not to mention the great battery life and best pocketability of any high-end Android device right now (though the Moto X+1 might destroy that with a 5.2" display). They're perfect for general consumers, but for some reason there's a stigma that implies "If you don't have an iPhone or Galaxy device, you don't have a real smartphone."

Your criticism of Samsung is correct to a point. Their devices are bloated with gimmicks that most people will never use. They are occasionally laggy, but not enough for a person who doesn't typically spot lag to find it awful. And, since they run Android, malware is again nearly a nonexistent issue.

Look, I get it. Apple, like every other leading smartphone manufacturer in the world, is trying to convince everyone that their devices are better than the other devices. I get that. It's business. Most people are going to look at the graphs that they pulled up and just see them at face value. They're not going to be people who frequent tech forums and actually know what's going on in both ecosystems. They're trying to sell devices. I'm just saying that, from personal experience and secondhand anecdotes, malware is not a problem on Android and it never has been. Fragmentation has always been a concern, but as long as you research your devices and pick one that will be updated, you'll be fine.

Android isn't as simple as going to your local carrier store and buying the newest iPhone. Research must be involved if you truly care about updates and the experience you're going to have while using your phone. It's a downside, but I've found that having an open device with greater freedom is worth it in the end (I used an iPhone 5 for a few weeks last year; didn't like not being able to tether, check battery stats, use Google Music, have limited access to third party apps, etc).

Yes, I know what Braille is. What good is an on-screen Braille keyboard? Braille keyboards have raised bumps so they can be felt.

Unless Jony Ive had the bumps removed to make it more "iOS 8" like?

I think he's wondering if the screen can show tactile bumps: almost certainly not: most braille keyboards are external hardware.

To be fair they could do a Perkins brailler setup in a software keyboard. (typewriter like construct with 9 keys(dots 1 through 6 space return and backspace)) I'm not sure that's the way to do things with multi touch but it'd be interesting if the entirety of grade two braille could be implemented.

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And that's a wrap, see y'all next year when we again will wait for a revolution. P.S. That split screen functionality better be coming in September with an iPad Pro. F#%&!ing fall release of everything.

While it may not have been talked about on stage today, we've not seen anything to say that is not coming in a future beta, or the public final release.

Downloaded both Yosemite and iOS8 (yes, I am a registered developer). Been trying to get these features to work for the last few hours and hardly any of them work as advertised today during the keynote. Apple needs to put out a knowledge doc that walks users through these features.

Ugh, you're right... didn't see that. Unfortunately for me, those were the main features I was excited to use. Dang.
"Since the beta software is unfinished, some new features will not be available, such as phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud Drive. Spotlight suggestions are U.S.-based only."

I hope they fix the wallpaper zooming problem. It was a problem before so they tried fixing it with that perspective zoom. It doesn't work. I like to have to option to zoom in myself. So far that's the only issue I have with iOS. I also wish they make the dynamic wallpapers open to developers so we can have more dynamic wallpaper options. I can think of a few I would like, water ripples, flowing lava, matrix code, moving through space, etc. And make wallpapers that's built into iOS as an easy access app instead of having to go into settings to get to it.

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