iOS 8, codenamed Okemo, was announced by Apple at WWDC 2014 on June 2, with the first developer beta seeded the same day. The current beta, beta 2, was seeded on June 17, and it's expected to become publicly available this fall. If Apple sticks to the pattern established over the course of the last two years, that would peg the iOS 8 release date as on or around September 17, 2014. (Apple, of course, doesn't always stick to patterns.) Major new features include Continuity, Extensibility, QuickType, Health, iCloud Drive, and Family Sharing, as well as major improvements for Photos, Messages, Spotlight, and more.
iOS 8 review
Yang to iOS 7’s yin, iOS 8 is a functional rejuvenation that counterbalances last year's visual refresh. iOS 8 is being called the most important upgrade since the App Store launched in 2008. So, is it?
iOS 8: Explained
iOS 8 was announced by Apple at WWDC 2014 on June 2 and will become publicly available this fall. Major new features include Continuity, Extensibility, QuickType, Health, iCloud Drive, and Family Sharing, as well as major improvements for Photos, Messages, Spotlight, and more. If you want the highlights and all of our ongoing coverage, check out our iOS 8 super page. If you want a deep...
2014 is the year Apple made us think differently about our health
In 2014, iOS 8 was released alongside the iPhone 6, and it came with some huge improvements and new features that would prove to be instrumental in how people use their Apple devices and what direction the company would take in the future.
Using Handoff with your iPhone and iPad
Handoff lets you transfer your activities between iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod touch, and Mac. And yes, it's easy to do!
How to get SMS text messages on your Mac
Did you know you can use Messages for macOS to receive your iPhone's SMS text messages, in addition to iMessage? Here's how you do it.
iOS 8.4.1 brings better accessibility to Apple Music
Apple has just released iOS 8.4.1, which includes fixes for, among other things, Apple Music. It also includes some improvements to accessibility, primarily where it comes to Apple's screen-reader, VoiceOver.
Listen to your audiobooks in iBooks on iOS 8.4
Apple has released a major iBooks update as part of iOS 8.4, bringing support for audiobooks to the iPhone and iPad, as well as iBooks Author content support to the iPhone.
Apple releases iOS 8.4 with Apple Music
Apple has released iOS 8.4 to the public. The update brings with it a brand new Music app for all users, as well as Apple Music, Apple's new streaming service.
iOS 8.4 launching June 30 at 8am, Beats 1 at 9am PT
Ian Rogers, former CEO of Beats and current Senior Director of Apple Music, has written a blog post giving a precise go-live time for both iOS 8.4 and Beats 1: 8am PT and 9am PT respectively. Here's all the info!
How to fix iOS 8 Unicode Messages crash bug
Here's what you need to know about preventing and recovering from the iOS 8 Unicode crash bug. While Apple is working on a fix for the bug that causes Messages and notifications to crash iOS 8, there are several things you can do right now to help prevent your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch from being affected, and to try to recover if you've already been affected. Unless you have...
Don't be afraid to reset your old iPhone or iPad
If you're struggling with an iPhone or iPad that isn't working right, restoring it as new can be just what the device ordered! I've had a third-generation iPad — the first Retina Display-equipped model — since it was released. I've never upgraded, not even to the new iPad Air or iPad Air 2 because the iPad 3 has always done what I wanted it to do. Or at least it used to. When I first...
Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta to developers
The iOS 8.4 beta is out now and available for download via Apple's developer portal. The biggest new feature appears to be a revamped Music app that includes a streamlined version of iTunes Radio. It comes amid rumors that Apple is set to debut a new music streaming service sometime around WWDC 2015 this June. The developer release of the iOS 8.4 beta comes just under a week after...
How to filter iMessages from unknown senders
If you frequently receive iMessages from people not stored in your address book, you can quickly filter them out. A lot of us depend on iMessage to communicate with friends, family, clients, and colleagues. That means not every message we receive is attached to someone in our contacts. If you keep finding yourself buried in tons of iMessage threads, some less important than others,...
Touch ID not working for you post iOS 8.3? Here's the fix!
A few of you have written in to say Touch ID isn't working to authorize iTunes or App Store purchases, and/or for third party apps, following the iOS 8.3 update. We've not been able to duplicate the problem on any of our devices, but after helping several people, we have come across what looks to be a working Touch ID fix for those affected. Best of all, it's a simple one! How to fix...
iOS 8.3 brings Sprint Wi-Fi calling support to some iPhones
With the arrival of iOS 8.3, Sprint is rolling out Wi-Fi calling to iPhone customers using an iPhone 5c or later. Sprint announced that customers running the recently-released iOS 8.3 update are now able to use the carrier's Wi-Fi calling feature. The same capabilities came to customers on U.K. carrier EE earlier today. A new Wi-Fi Calling option will appear in the Settings app on iOS...
Apple launches iOS 8.3 to the public
Apple has released iOS 8.3 to the public, and users can grab the update either over the air or through iTunes. The third major update for iOS 8, 8.3 adds a number of improvements, including over 300 new and diverse emoji characters. Also added in this update are a number of performance fixes. You can check out the full list of changes below: This release includes improved...
iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and future shock
I love my Macs and my iOS devices, but I can't help but feel like things are getting out of control. When I look at the gadgets that my family and I take for granted, I feel like I live in the future. Smart tablets, smart phones, smart watches. Despite all these smart devices, though, there's a basic dysfunction that I find frustrating, and that many others find overwhelming. 2015...