As of today, every iPhone is out of date. Not because the hardware is different, and not because there’s another iPhone out on the market for you to spend your money on, but because there’s a new version of iOS, the operating system made for Apple’s phones and tablets.
The good news is that like the past version, the update to iOS will be free, and it will bring with a host of features and changes aimed at making a phone more than a phone, connecting it your life and now your home.
“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple.
“We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”
Some of the features have already been mentioned by Federighi, but we’ll go through them in case you’re at all curious what they are.
For instance, the iCloud Photo Library links up with the Photos app on the iPhone and iPad to make sure your phones are easily accessible at any time when you’re online. It’s similar to Dropbox, from what we understand, except it’s specifically for your photos, and the new version of the iOS Photos app will let you adjust your photos quickly and easily.
Messages changes too, with a swipe from the side allowing you to do more than just type, with voice, video, and photo sharing possible from within a conversation.
The health app will likely grab people keen on getting in on that whole fitness thing, with the information from fitness bands and gadgets being sent to the one place, and a way for developers of these apps to have separate gadgets talk to each other. For instance, you might run with a Nike+ sensor for your shoes, but want that to talk to a TomTom watch. In iOS 8, that is something that can happen, provided the developers of the apps in question get behind it and start talking to each other.