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iOS 8
Release of iOS operating system
IOS 8 logo.png
IOS 8 Homescreen.png
iOS 8 beta running on an iPhone.
Company / developer Apple Inc.
Source model Closed, with open-source components
Released to
Fall 2014
Latest preview All models: iOS 8 beta 5 (12A4345d) / August 4, 2014; 27 days ago (2014-08-04)[1]
Platforms iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1st generation), iPad Mini (2nd generation)
Kernel type Hybrid (XNU)
License Proprietary EULA except for open-source components
Preceded by iOS 7
Official website

iOS 8 is the eighth major release of the iOS mobile operating system designed by Apple Inc. as the successor to iOS 7. It was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 on June 2, 2014.[2] A new app named Health and a corresponding framework named HealthKit will be available.[3] Siri will support hands-free activation and music identification using Shazam.[4] Voice and video messages will be automatically deleted unless the user saves them for future reference.

New features[edit]

Photos and Camera[edit]

The Photos app contains more options to edit photos. The cropping feature now enables rotating images both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Furthermore, users can set the desired brightness and colors for photos. The Camera app now features a shot timer, which can be set to 3 or 10 seconds.

Notification Center[edit]

Notification Center is much improved in comparison to iOS 7 and 7.1. Users can now add and remove widgets in Notification Center with the "Edit" button. This also allows the rearrangement of notification widgets. From iOS 8 beta 3 onwards the "clear" button, used to clear notifications, is more visible.


In the Messages app, users can send audio and video messages by holding down the record button. In group conversations, users can add or remove someone from a thread, name a thread, share their location in a thread, view all attachments, and turn on Do Not Disturb to not receive notifications from a specific thread.[5]


iOS 8 has the same design as iOS 7, however, transparency and other effects have been added. The multitasking screen now shows a list of recently called and favorited contacts.


iOS 8 includes a new predictive typing feature called QuickType. It displays word selections above the keyboard as one types. The feature can be turned off in Settings, or hidden using a swipe gesture. Additionally, iOS 8 will allow users to install third-party keyboards.[6] Many developers stated they would port their keyboards to iOS, including Minuum,[7] Swype, SwiftKey, Fleksy and Adaptxt.[8][9]

Family Sharing[edit]

New to iOS 8, a user can add six others as family members. Family members can share purchased apps, music, and books using the same credit card. iOS 8 can also automatically set up photo streams for all family members. Calendars may be synced between all members.[10] Kids can also send iTunes download requests for apps, music, movies, and more to their parents provided this service is set up correctly.

iCloud Drive[edit]

Main article: iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is Apple's file hosting service for devices running iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite. This feature allows users to save photos, videos, documents (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers), and music, and other apps' data to iCloud. Users can start their work on one device and continue on another device.[11] By default, users will get 5 gigabytes of storage for free, but this space will be expandable via subscription.


Main article: Health (application)

HealthKit is a service that allows developers to make software that integrates with the new Health application. This application allows users to track their steps, oxygen, sleep levels, and other health related data. Additionally, users can enter their medical history, so that the application can help serve them better.[12] In a commercial for the iPhone 5S, the exercise song Chicken Fat is used to promote the new service.[13]


Continuity allows users to share documents, e-mails, and websites over Wi-Fi to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite devices. For example, when working on an email, Pages document, Keynote presentation, Numbers spreadsheet, viewing a location in Maps or browsing Safari on the Mac, on the lock screen of the iOS device it shows what app users are currently using on their Mac and will allow them to pick up where they left off in the app they were using on the Mac. This also works in the other direction.[14] Continuity also allows users to reply to SMS messages and answer phone calls on their Mac or iPad if they own an iPhone. This feature is supported only by compatible Macs running OS X Yosemite, or by devices running iOS 8.


In iOS 8, Spotlight is integrated with a number of web services so that users can search using Wikipedia, Bing, or Google. Other services include: news, nearby places, suggested websites, movie showtimes, and content that is not already on the device from the iTunes Store.[15][16][17]

Wi-Fi Calling[edit]

In iOS 8, Apple integrated Wi-Fi calling. This service allows mobile phone calls over Wi-Fi. It is planned to be available for customers of T-Mobile in the US.[18] According to Computerworld, Vodafone might also provide this service for its customers in Australia.[19] Since beta 3, Wi-Fi Calling is available to T-Mobile customers in the US.[20]


Siri now outputs what users say as they speak for more accuracy and has integrated Shazam support. Holding down the home button will activate Siri, and using the microphone, it will detect what song is playing.[4] Also, saying "Hey, Siri" whenever the device is plugged into a power source will activate Siri if the feature is turned on. Purchasing content through Siri is now possible, and Siri now has support for 22 new languages.

EU Internet[edit]

Since beta 4, Apple added EU Internet in the cellular settings to allow data roaming within the European Union only.[21]

Version history: Portable iOS devices[edit]

Main article: History of iOS

Apple announced iOS 8 on June 2, 2014 at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, with release announced for sometime in Fall (Northern Hemisphere) or Spring (Southern Hemisphere) 2014. With this release, Apple continues the cycle to drop support for older devices. However, unlike past releases, which usually dropped support for two devices, iOS 8 only drops support for one device, specifically, the iPhone 4. Supported devices include the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation), the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards. The iPad 2 is also the first Apple device to support five major versions of iOS: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Although iOS 8 has only been released in Beta[22] form and is specifically designed for use by Apple Developers, it has been confirmed that non-developers are able to install the software on their devices. However, this is a dangerous process as Apple can detect an unauthorized install and de-activate the device. In addition, once the beta expires your device will be locked down. [23]

Table of versions: iOS 8.x – portable iOS devices
Version Build Baseband Release date Features
iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPad Mini (2nd generation)


12A4345d 04.12.09 S2C

3.0.04 S2D
5.3.02 P4S
5.2.01 S3L S3D
7.02.13 P5 S4L S4D M1C
3.08.16 P5C P5S S5L S5D M2C

August 4, 2014; 27 days ago (2014-08-04) (Beta 5)
  • iCloud
    • Photo Library – all photos and camera roll contents are automatically available in the iCloud Photo Library, and is consistent on all the linked devices automatically.
    • iCloud Drive – various files that are being written or worked on are automatically saved in the iCloud drive and is consistent on all the linked devices automatically, including a Mac or PC.
    • iCloud settings now displays account information, payment information and security settings.
  • App Store
    • Trending searches.
    • Related searches.
    • TestFlight – a new system for developers to let others test their app; up to a 1,000 users per app.
    • App Bundles.
    • Video previews.
    • Editors choice badge.
    • If you pause an installing app it shows a pause icon.
    • App Store search results scroll vertically on iPhone.
    • Explore tab, which includes Near Me.
    • Apps now show supported languages and if the app is Family Sharing compatible.
  • Calendar
    • Calendar week numbers display.
    • Custom calendar repeat events.
    • Travel time in calendar appointments.
    • Alert “When I need to leave” for calendar events.
    • Decline a calendar with a comment.
  • Control Center
    • UI Changes in Control Center.
    • Screen is no longer dimmed when brightness control is selected.
    • iTunes Radio "buy" song button in Control Center.
    • iTunes Radio skips remaining displayed in Control Center.
    • Bringing up the Control Center is now much easier while the keyboard is up.
  • Messages
    • A capability to tap to add voice to any conversation.
    • One can send to a group or an individual a picture/video instantly, one photo/video or more.
    • Messages threads are now synced between all of your devices.
    • Camera button in Messages shows recently taken pictures.
    • Batch save/delete all images in a message thread.
    • Images in conversations are now much larger.
    • Ability to drop or add people to groups.
    • Ability to leave groups.
    • Do Not Disturb for a specific group.
    • You can now title group message threads.
    • Send current location in a conversation.
    • One can open or send an attachment in a group.
    • Scrolling to the top of a message will now automatically cause older messages to load.
    • Mark all texts as Read.
    • Auto delete messages after 1 year or 30 days.
    • You can now Scroll Your Photos when touching the Camera Button for faster access to the photos without leaving the app (as of Beta 2).[24]
    • Raise to Listen.
    • Added options to delete video/audio messages after 2 minutes or never.
  • Music
    • Left swipe to delete albums.
    • Can add music to a playlist from another playlist.
  • Multitasking UI
    • The faces of recently conversed with people now appears above the open applications, and with a swipe to the right one can also access their favorites.
    • The animation speed when entering and leaving the multitasking switcher is much faster.
  • Share sheets
    • Share sheet action icons redesigned.
    • Share sheet icons can be rearranged and hidden.
  • UI
    • Improved animation system. Gestures such as bringing up Notification Center won't be blocked by an animation, such as the home screen icons flying in.
  • FaceTime
    • Call waiting.
    • FaceTime Audio conference calls.
  • Mail
    • Swipe for options to mark an email as read, flag it for follow-up or delete.
    • Swipe all the way across the screen to delete immediately.
    • One can also easily jump between a draft email and an email in the inbox to gather the information needed in order to compose the message.
    • When Mail recognizes a reservation, flight confirmation, or phone number in an email, a notification appears. In order to add it to the calendar or contacts, one needs to tap the notifications.
    • Mail conversations are now threads.
    • Threads can have alerts individually.
    • Per thread S/MIME.
    • Individual mail threads VIP.
    • Automatic reply messages.
    • Reply notifications for specific threads.
    • Can delete attachments.
    • Ability to swipe mail compose sheet down allowing you to view other emails.
    • New mailboxes: Unread, To or CC, Attachments, Thread Notifications, Today.
  • Notes
    • Rich-text editing.
    • Image support.
  • Notification Center / Notifications
    • Support for third-party widgets in Today view.
    • Interactive notifications – one can take action on texts, email, calendar invitations, reminders, and messages from apps like Facebook and other third-party apps.
      • Can be performed from within Notification Center by swiping a notification to the left to reveal actions available.
      • Can be performed directly within an apps notification banner/alert all without having to leave the app one is in.
    • Notifications in Notification Center can be individually dismissed.
    • Removal of "Missed Notifications" section.
  • iBooks
    • Now pre-installed.
    • Auto night mode.
    • Books can now be categorized into series.
  • Passbook
    • Passbook “info” card only displays without other cards.
  • Safari
    • The Tab view from the iPhone is now available on iPads.S2 S3 S4 S5 M1 M2
    • Two-finger pinch to reveal Tab view on iPads.S2 S3 S4 S5 M1 M2
    • New Sidebar that slides out to reveal the bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links.
    • Address bar now hides when scrolling down on iPads.
    • Spotlight search available from Safari's address bar.
    • Option to “Scan Credit Card”.
    • WebGL support.
    • Private browsing per tab.
    • RSS feeds in Shared Links.
    • DuckDuckGo support.
    • Option to Request the desktop site while entering in a web address.
    • Option to add website to Favorites while entering in a web address.
    • Swipe to close iCloud tabs from other devices.
    • Hold the "+" (new tab button) in tab view to list recently closed tabs is now available on iPhone.
    • Can individually delete items from History.
    • Safari now blocks ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction.
    • Bookmark icon updated.
  • Maps
    • Flyover city tours.
    • Indoor Mapping – iOS 8 adds the M7 processor and iPhone motion sensors to the CoreLocation API, allowing venue owners to create indoor positioning systems.
  • SiriP4S P5 P5C P5S T5 S3 S4 S5 M1 M2
    • Hey, Siri – when plugged into power the user can say "Hey, Siri" and Siri will automatically be activated.
    • Shazam song recognition.
    • Purchase iTunes content.
    • Download apps via Siri.
    • Streaming voice recognition.
    • 22 new dictation languages.
  • Phone
    • Wi-Fi calling.[25]
    • Persons name scrolls while in a call when all of it won't fit on screen at once.
    • Can use Phone app during a call.
    • Full screen Caller ID.
  • Accessibility
    • Braille keyboard for direct 6-dot Braille.
    • Gray scale mode.
    • Improved zoom.
    • Speak screen.
    • Alex voice.
    • New voices and gesture for speech accessibility.
    • New options in AssistiveTouch (being able to call Notification Center and Control Center).
  • Guided Access
    • Exit Guided Access with Touch ID.P5S
    • Time limits and countdown timer for Guided Access.
  • Privacy
    • Background location notifications – popup asking to "continue to allow" apps accessing Location information while running in the background.[26]
    • More Location Services options per app.
    • Camera added to Privacy settings.
    • HomeKit added to Privacy settings.
    • Health added to Privacy settings.
  • Photos
    • Search Photos by location and more.
    • Date, time and location information displayed.
    • "Recently Deleted" album.
    • Photos and videos can be hidden from Moments.
    • Hidden photos and videos get added to the "Hidden" album.
    • Separate Albums for Bursts, Slow-Mo's, and Time-Lapse Photos.
    • Auto optimise storage on device by removing local copies of pictures and videos option added.
    • Improved editing.
      • Smart composition tools.
      • Smart adjustments.
      • Extension support.
  • Voice Memos
    • Play/Pause button next to the record button in Voice Memos.
  • Lock Screen
    • App shortcuts on the Lock Screen based on your location.
    • iTunes Radio "buy" song button on Lock Screen.
    • iTunes Radio skips remaining displayed on Lock Screen.
    • New animation when opening apps from the Lock Screen.
    • Access to Medical ID from emergency dialer.
    • New "Slide to Unlock" text in certain languages.
  • Keyboard
    • QuickType – as one types, they see choices of words or phrases one would probably type next, based on their past conversations and writing style, using a more formal language for mail, and a casual one for Messages. The system also adjusts the system based on the person one converses with, and the region of the user (currently available in 14 countries).
      • QuickType can be hidden by swiping down.
      • QuickType can be toggled on or off from within the keyboard switcher.
    • Smiley icon for when emoji keyboard is the only alternate keyboard setup. Becomes a globe icon when multiple keyboards are set up.
    • Streaming voice recognition for Speech to Text.
    • Support for third-party keyboards.
    • iOS 6 keyboard no longer appears in apps that are not updated for iOS 7 or higher.
    • New keyboards (Indian, Tagalog, Irish Gaelic, and Slovenian).
  • Family Sharing – a service of sharing purchases from iTunes between up to 6 people.
    • Supports iBooks purchases, iTunes purchases, and App Store purchases.
    • All groups members must pay for family purchases with the same credit/debit card.
    • Ask To Buy – a parent can approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device.
    • Coincides with iCloud Photo Library – automatically sets up a family photo stream where you can share photos, videos, and comments, and all the family photos are available from any device within the family.
    • Offers shared calendar and Reminders.
    • Family Sharing can automatically share the user's location with the family members, or keep their location hidden.
    • With the Find My iPhone app, family members can use their devices to locate one that’s lost and have it play a sound.
    • Apple IDs for kids under 13 are now possible due to Family Sharing.
  • Health app –shows a dashboard of all the fitness and health data of the user.
    • Shows the heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. of the user.
    • One can create an Emergency card with medicinal details, from within either the application or the lock screen.
    • Natively tracks steps taken and other movement activity within the Health app.
    • Export health data.
  • Continuity – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac communication
    • AirDrop now works with OS X (Version 10.10 and above).
    • Handoff – start writing an email or surfing a website from one device, then carry-on the activity from another device. (Requires all devices are connected to the same iCloud account and requires Bluetooth LE, excluding iPad 2)[27]
    • Answer a phone call, receive and send SMS/MMS from an iPhone on an iPad or a Mac. (Requires all devices run iOS 8/OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and are connected to the same Wi-Fi network or to the device's hotspot).
    • Intelligent hotspot – intelligently discover when an iPhone is nearby and automatically list the device under Wi-Fi networks in Settings.
  • Spotlight
    • Spotlight now also searches Wikipedia, iBooks, iTunes, App Store, nearby places, news, Suggested Websites, and Movie showtimes.
    • Also works within Safari.
    • Spotlight will remember any previous search.
  • Weather
    • Data is now provided by The Weather Channel instead of Yahoo!.
    • More days are shown.
    • Additional weather information is displayed at the bottom.
  • iTunes
    • Wish List includes new category for songs tagged with Siri.
  • Apple Developers – iOS SDK 8.0
    • Includes 4000 new APIs.
    • Introduces a new programming language called Swift.
    • Metal API (low level graphics API).
    • Touch ID API – open to third-party apps.
    • Camera API – third-party camera apps can have precise control over exposure, focus, and white balance.
    • Native apps tap into Safari’s AutoFill & Passwords for easy login experience.[28]
    • CloudKit – provides cloud storage and computing power for cloud-based apps.
    • HomeKit – allows standardized control of home automation devices.
      • Discover accessories and add them to a persistent, cross-device, home configuration database.
      • Display, edit, and act upon the data in the home configuration database.
      • Communicate with configured accessories and services to get them to perform actions, such as turning on the lights in the living room.
      • Siri integration
    • SceneKit – enables easy 2D/3D casual game development.
    • SpriteKit – improved to allow force fields, collision detection, and new lighting effects for games.
    • PhotoKit – developers can enable their photo apps to edit photos directly in the Camera Roll without having to import them first.
    • HealthKit – health and fitness apps can share their data with the new Health app and with each other (when the user approves).
    • Extensions.
      • Today – widgets for the Today view of Notification Center.
      • Share – post content to web services or share content with others.
      • Actions – app extensions to view or manipulate inside another app.
      • Photo Editing – edit a photo or video in Apple's Photos app with extensions from a third-party apps.
      • Storage Provider – an interface between files inside an app and other apps on a user's device.
      • Custom Keyboard – system-wide alternative keyboards.
  • Enterprise
    • Improved security – expanded data protection and finer control over mail encryption.
    • IT departments have more ways to manage information securely.
  • Camera
    • Panorama Mode for iPad.S4 S5 M2
    • Time Lapse Mode.
    • Separate focus and exposure controls.
    • Shutter Mode (timer can be set to 3 or 10 seconds).
    • Burst Mode now on selected devices. P5 P5C P5S S5 M2
  • Settings
    • Every app installed now has its own settings panel, regardless of whether the app specifies its settings to appear in the Settings app (e.g. Notifications, Privacy, Background App Refresh, and Cellular Data usage).
    • Battery usage info per app in Settings.
    • A new "Allow Notifications" setting for each app.
    • "Raise to Listen" setting for Messages.
    • New Wallpaper.
    • New Handoff and Suggested Apps under General.
    • Wallpapers and Brightness has been split into two separate menus:[29]
      • "Display and Brightness": Brightness settings were moved here and Text Size and Bold Text from General and Accessibility is now included as well.
      • "Wallpapers" is now standalone.
    • EU options for roaming.
  • Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi network scanning will use random, locally administered MAC addresses, to aid users' security/privacy concerns.
  • Podcasts
    • Now pre-installed on iOS 8 (as of Beta 2).[31]
  • China features
    • Vector based maps.
    • Turn by turn navigation.
    • Lunar calendar support.
    • Improved predictive input.
    • Improved weather data.
  • Other
    • AirPlay now works without a Wi-Fi network.
    • ”Send Last Location” option for Find My iPhone.[32]
    • Screen activity recording as a video camera device using OS X Yosemite through Lightning cable.
    • Tips app.
    • New definition dictionaries for Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Turkish and Hindi localization.
    • Military time is now formatted correctly (e.g. "0010" instead of "010").
Version Build Baseband Release date Features

Supported Devices[edit]

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

  • iOS 8 – official site