My Take on iOS8

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IOS7 made me feel like I just bought a new phone. The graphics overhaul was a major leap- like going from OS9 to OSX for the first time on a Mac. After I downloaded IOS8 on my iPhone 5C (don’t judge me!), I didn’t have that same sense of “WOW!”. But as I dug deeper, I found that there are a TON of 'common sense', much needed, often wished for improvements to IOS7! I am very happy with it so far. As for stability- I have not had any issues… and installing it (almost exactly when it was released) went a lot smoother than the IOS7 update. I had a false start- but I'm sure it was just the system being slammed.

I was going to go over all of the awesome features… but someone did a very thorough job here:

Here are just a few changes and updates I love so far:

  • "Hey Siri!" Best thing ever. Now my phone can sit on my windshield mount and take orders while I drive. It works most of the time. I've had to intervene a few times when it wouldn't go back to my WAZE properly after being told to skip a song that was playing.

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  • The ability to trash mail as it comes in is pretty great!

  • The previous Weather app was pretty… but I never used it. I found that The Weather Channel app did a much better job, had a longer range forecast and was more accurate. WELL- the ISO8 Weather app now gets it’s data FROM The Weather Channel. It also gives a longer range forecast.

  • All of the Messages updates are great. If you’ve spent any time using Facebook messenger- you’re already familiar with adding video, pictures and audio clips within the app. You can also send your location in a message too now, which is pretty great! Just click “details” to see the options.

  • Predictive typing. Much smoother and less annoying than the previous method. Love that it gives options above where you type. I wish this was implemented across the board though. It doesn’t come up when typing in Safari for example.

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  • Siri is now your Shazam. All you have to do is ask “What song is this?” while it’s playing. Let me know how that works out for you in a loud bar or club though. It also takes a lot longer than using Shazam directly.

  • There are a bunch of great improvements and additions to the Photo app. While it’s great that they have borrowed a lot of the features of the iPhoto app for the basic Photo app- I thought I recalled them saying Instagram integration would be available right inside the app. Maybe I was mistaken. It does, however, seem to integrate other apps directly into the share tab. For example, I have added a tab for Day One, the journal app/ personal timeline. Now I can send a photo directly into the app. Also not pleased with little publicized killing of IPhoto for iOS. While the new editing features in the photo app are nice- it's a pretty lite version of what IPhoto was. Not to mention I had paid for that now missing iPhoto app! Apple- you owe me now.

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