While last year’s iOS 7 update was the biggest visual design overhaul in the operating system’s history, iOS 8 is its biggest functional design update. iOS 8 adds features such as third party keyboards, continuity between Apple devices, extensions, widgets, manual camera controls, family sharing, enhanced notifications, and more. It catches iOS up to Android in some areas, and in others, it pulls it ahead. Quite frankly, the number of new feature can be overwhelming.
So, instead of trying to cover all of the features here, I’ve created a collection of useful articles that you can reference to get more out of your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or upgraded iPhone 5/5c/5s that is running iOS 8. By the way, one word of caution, even though the iPhone 4S is technically eligible for the iOS 8 upgrade, many people are reporting that the iPhone 4S does not have the horsepower to run it efficiently. Ars Technica did a complete review of the performance difference, and while they say it is still worth upgrading an iPhone 4S, I would recommend waiting an update cycle or two before attempting it, if at all, on this device.
Recommend iOS 8 articles
- Engadget: iOS 8 review: Some overdue updates, but well worth the wait
This comprehensive iOS 8 review is good place to start. It gives you a good high level overview of all of the most important features that Apple has added to iOS 8.
- MacStories: iOS 8: Tips, Tricks, and Details
There’s a lot of substance in this article, so you’ll want to have your device handy when reading through the tips so you can try out any that you find interesting.
- Gizmodo: 25 Things You Can Do On iOS 8 That You Couldn’t Do On iOS 7
There may be a few tips that overlap with the MacStories article, but this article is a bit better organized. Either way, reviewing both should cover the majority of the more interesting iOS 8 feature upgrades.
- Gizmodo: 11 Tips to Keep iOS 8 From Destroying Your Battery Life
Battery life is one of the most critical issues we often face with our phones. This article from Gizmodo is one of the best I’ve seen on how to change basic settings in iOS 8 to extend your iPhone’s battery life. With these tips, you may even be able to get through more than one day on a charge!
- Engadget: These iOS 8 keyboards will free you from typing tyranny
One of the biggest updates in iOS 8 is the ability to add 3rd party keyboards. Engadget provides a summary of the some best alternative keyboards available. Click on a photo in the gallery to see their summary of each keyboard.
- Gizmodo: iOS 8 Has Widgets! Here’s How to Use Them
These aren’t widgets in the Android sense, but they do allow apps to add more information to the iOS 8 notification center. Check out this article to find out how to enable them, along with some of the more useful ones.
- Gigaom: Extensions in iOS 8 are great: Here’s what they do and where to find them
Extensions are another addition to iOS 8 that allow apps to add more functionality to your iPhone and/or iPad. This article shows how to access and add them. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest feature additions in iOS 8.
- Gigaom: How iOS 8 can help you take control of your iPhone’s battery life
One of our biggest daily challenges is figuring out to maximize our phone’s battery life. iOS 8 adds some functionality to let you see what’s using your battery. Here’s how you can see what’s using battery and how to tune your device to maximize it.
- Forbes: 8 Misses In iOS 8
Of course, not everyone is pleased with Apple’s latest release. Here’s one person’s opinion on what Apple still needs to improve in iOS. He makes some valid points, but none of these are deal killers. My advice, take it with a grain of salt.
If there are any articles or tips that you’ve found particularly interesting, please leave them in the comments!