There are so many new features in iOS 8, that some of the nuances can get lost in the shuffle. Here are some iOS 8 extras that are interesting in their own right.
Battery Usage By App
This is one of the neater features in iOS 8 letting you see which apps are energy hogs. Anyone who owns an iPhone has probably cursed at the iPhone battery life at least once. With iOS 8, you will be able to see the biggest culprits draining your battery life to then help you consider what to force quit. Apple’s Stock Weather App Now Uses The Weather Channel
Apple’s stock weather app got a brand new look in iOS 7, but still used Yahoo Weather as the weather data supplier. In iOS 8, the stock weather app uses The Weather Channel, and supplies more information. You will now be able to see a nine day forecast, up from five, as well as weather detail listings. Interestingly, Yahoo uses The Weather Channel to supply their information, so now Apple has just cut out the middle man, though there are a few different results.
New Messages Details Panel
Apple is improving Messages quite a bit in iOS 8 with quick actions to send voice & video messages. There’s also an enhanced details panel, which includes recent attachments between both parties allowing you to save, or delete video, voice messages, and photos sent. There’s also a quick action tab to share your current location with someone you’re messaging. New “Allow” Notifications
Since Path accessed people’s Contacts unknowingly, Apple has introduced a number of Privacy features. They’re adding to them in iOS 8 giving you new aspects to “Allow” relating to location data. You can now choose whether an app can continue to use your location in the background. Also, there are reminders of apps using your location in the background, and if you want to continue to let them do so.
Quick Editing Of Notification Center, Actions Menu, And Share Sheet
Apple introduced tons of new developer tools are part of iOS 8 allowing developers to create Notification Center widgets, specific in-app actions, and per app sharing options. The developers still need to update their apps, but iOS 8 beta already has buttons in place to quickly edit the Notification Center, Action Menu, and Share Sheet. Right now, you’re only able to edit, delete, and rearrange Apple’s offerings, but the system is already in place for so much more.
Family Sharing & iCloud Photo Library
In iOS 8 in the Settings apps, under iCloud there are quick links to enable Family Sharing & iCloud Photo Library. Family Sharing lets you tie up to six devices to a single iTunes Store account to effortless share purchases, photos, location, and more. The iCloud Photo Library replaces PhotoStream to do away with the 1,000 most recent photo limit, and it now stores every photo, and video you take. Could The Health App Icon Be Any Worse?
Health is a big new part of iOS 8, and yet it seems Apple spent five seconds on making the app icon. It might change by the time iOS 8 launches to the public in the fall, but the first version is atrocious. The only thing worse may be the Bug Reporter app icon, which is only for the beta, but still that is bad. Plus, iBooks is now a stock app.
New System Font
In iOS 7, Apple updated the system wide stock font to be Helvetica Neue Ultralight. In the first beta of iOS 8, it appears that apps now use Helvetica Neue Light. A subtle change, but it does improve legibility quite significantly.