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Apple Launches iOS 8 for iPads, iPhones

Apple announced its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones last week, and ahead of their official launch on Friday, the company has released iOS 8 to the public. iOS 7 was a significant visual overall overhaul to the UI aesthetic, while iOS 8 is all about adding functionality to the core OS.
 
Although we’ve covered the majority of the new features in iOS 8 in previous articles, here are a few highlights:
  Third-party keyboards: you no longer are restricted to using the keyboard provided by Apple; you can choose to use third-party keyboards like SwiftKey or PopKey (a GIF keyboard) if you’re so inclined.
  Family Sharing: allows other family members (up to six people) to share your books, game, app, and music purchases.
 
Health: iOS 8 now includes a repository for all of your health and fitness apps.
 
iCloud Drive: brings file storage to iCloud, which can be shared between iOS and Mac devices.  iPhone call handoff, Caller ID, and speakerphone  on your Mac
Continuity: when used in conjunction with a Mac desktop or notebook running Yosemite (or iPad), your iPhone can serve a relay to allow your phone calls to be answered from your other devices. Likewise, you can reply/compose regular text messages (not just iMessages) from your iPad or desktop and have them routed through your mobile phone number. Continuity also allows you to start a task on your iPhone (for example, a Pages document) and pickup where you left off on your iPad or MacBook Air.  
If you own one of the devices below, you can update to iOS 8 by using the “Software Update” feature in settings or simply plug your device into your desktop/notebook and update via iTunes.

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