iOS 8 is Here!

In case you’ve missed all the buzz, iOS 8 launched today. 

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Apple users can download iOS 8 with the following compatible devices: iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6; iPod touch 5th generation; iPad 2, 3, 4, Air and Mini. Simply go to Settings → General → Software Update and click on iOS 8. Make sure your phone is connected to both WiFi and a power supply.

You may need to enter your password before the installation begins, and fill in some iCloud details after it’s complete. All in all, however, the upgrade shouldn’t take too long and you’ll be able to use iOS 8 on your device in a matter of minutes. 

What you get

We’ve written about iOS 8 in our blog a few times, covering smart devices, Apple Pay, App Store discovery and HealthKit. Now that it’s finally here, let’s go over some of the highlights.

HealthKit

HealthKit helps you get in the best shape of your life. Using the feature, you can track your calorie intake, heart rate, weight, fitness, sleep and more. Vital information – like allergies and blood type – may be viewed from your phone’s lock screen, coming in handy in the event of an emergency. 

HomeKit

HomeKit uses Siri to manage the smart devices in your home in one easy place. The framework helps devices communicate with each other, so you can control your smart thermostat, dim the lights and lock the front door in just a few swipes. HomeKit saves you time when you’re at home, and offers some crucial peace of mind when traveling.

Apple is competing against products like Google’s Nest thermostat, so it will be interesting to see what the team develops as HomeKit takes off.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay enables you to ditch your wallet in favor of your phone. NFC (near-field communication) technology has been popular abroad for years now, but it’s finally catching on in the form of Apple Pay in iOS 8. So long as your battery is active, you can pay at any checkout stand by whipping out your phone and scanning it. Your lightened purse (and pockets) thank you.

Some other notable updates include improved Spotlight, iCloud, messages, keyboard and photos. Check them all out by downloading the new OS. And be sure to let us know your opinion of the new operating system in the comments below or on Twitter. 


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