We break down some of the most important features of the mobile operating system

iOS 8’s top ten features

Here’s a roundup of some of the key features iPhone and iPad users can discover and play around with on Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8:

Desktop Websites
You can now easily request desktop versions of website while browsing in Safari. Thank god, because some mobile websites can be horrific. All you have to do is tap on the URL/search bar and drag down to expose the option.

Hey, Siri
You can now launch Siri by just saying ‘Hey, Siri’ into your device. The function only works if the device is plugged in, presumably to save battery life. It can be found at Settings>General>Siri>Allow “Hey, Siri”.

Medical ID
Apple’s new Health app gives users the option to set up a Medical ID. It can be accessed via the lock screen and features information on allergies, blood type, and emergency contacts. You can set it up by going to the Health app and clicking on ‘Medical ID’.

Exposure points
Your device’s camera now lets you select different focal and exposure points. Just tap where you want to focus and a light icon will appear, giving you the option to move a slider up and down to adjust.

Battery Usages
iOS now tells users which apps are draining your battery. You have the option to take a look at how much apps are affecting your battery over the past 7 days or in the last 24 hours. It can be found in Settings>General>Usage>Battery Usage.

Interactive Notifications
The notification center new lets users reply to messages straight away, without opening up the required app. Users can also reply to messages from the lock screen. Which is bad news for anyone who has the kind of friends who would jump at the chance to troll you…

iOS 8 can predict which words your about to type, allowing you to jump to the next word in your sentence. Once you start typing you’re given the choice of three possible words. The feature can be toggled by swiping up on the keyboard.

Calling over Wi-Fi
You can now make phone calls over Wi-Fi, well, most of you. Not every carrier is supporting the feature straight away, but it seems that by 2015 a lot more will be on board.

Time Lapse
Time Lapse has been built into the camera feature. By swiping to the far left of the camera options you can now select this new feature. Users can also select a self-timer for pictures too.

Apple has revamped Spotlight, which now displays brief summaries from Wikipedia, nearby locations, and trending news as well as the usual app and contact info. You can now search for terms that may be in your notes and emails, just swipe down from the middle of the screen to make Spotlight appear.

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