My Take on iOS8
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.
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.
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.
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.