Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nerding Out with the iOS 8

This week, Apple held their annual WWDC, which is where they announce all of the cool, new features that are coming in the fall with the new iOS update. 

ios 8 730x486 Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2014 in one handy list

With our district now having at least one iPad in every classroom, there are many new features that will make you give a little happy dance. 

Interactive Notifications: Devices will now allow for the user to respond to the notifications that come in to your lock screen and banner across the top. For example, if an iMessage comes to the banner at the top of your iPad, you can literally tap on it and reply to the person directly from the notification. You can also accept or decline notifications as well. 
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Messages: There are going to be several new features added to messages. How many times have you been included in a group text and by the 100th reply you want to pull your hair out?!?!? With iOS8, you can opt out of the group text or even set 'Do Not Disturb' times within the message to stop them from coming through. Another added feature for messages, will be the ability to send audio recordings within your message conversation. (GREAT way to minimize the possibility of texting a driving!) 
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QuickType: iOS 8 will also feature a new keyboard with predictive test built in. As you begin typing words appear above the keyboard that you can select and insert into your message. The cool thing is that the predictive text will learn your communication style an start predicting words that you typically use.
wwdc 2014 759 730x486 Apple revamps its iOS keyboard with contextual QuickType predictive texting

HandOff: This feature is one that I am most excited about. Apple has developed a new communication scheme between devices. Basically, if you have a document or email that you have begun writing on your MacBook, your iPad will identify where you left off and let you continue writing on the same message through the iPad app. A bit confusing to explain, but VERY cool to see. Click here to see a more thorough explanation.

These few features along with many others are going to make iOS 8 a great update to have on your devices. If you would like to watch the announcements in their entirety (with demonstrations!) check out the video here

And because I think this is completely amazing, check out this great recap of the event in musical form... 

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