iOS 8 : Hidden Features, Compatible Devices

Old but worth sharing  the version of the iPhone and iPad mobile Operating System, at its developer conference in San Francisco. The update includes some noticeable user interface and design changes from iOS 7 while maintaining the same design language. iOS 8 was compatible with all the devices which supported iOS 7.

Features of iOS 8

The Official Website stated that

iOS 8 was the biggest iOS release ever — for developers and everyone else. But that wasn’t the goal. We simply set out to create the most natural experience. Each enhancement has a purpose. Every new feature deserves to be a new feature. Each function was more considered, each next step was more efficient. It all adds up to an even better experience — one that was pleasantly surprising at first and becomes utterly indispensable before you know it.

So Some of the most important and hidden features are mentioned below in detail.

Compatible Devices:

iOS 8 will work with most of Apple’s newest phone and tablet releases. Compatible devices for supporting iOS 8 are mentioned below.

  • iPod: iPod touch 5th Generation
  • iPhone: iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C
  • iPad Mini: iPad mini Original and iPad mini 2 Retina display
  • iPad: iPad Air, iPad 4th Generation and iPad 2

Features of iOS 8:

iOS 8 was released with lot of features and improvements to overcome the drawbacks in the iOS 7. Here you will find the complete catalog of new features along with detailed description on all of them. Here was a collection of the more interesting ones, followed by a more comprehensive list of hidden secrets and improvements, bug issues.


Apple has included new photos app that includes new editing capabilities that can be used with a simple thumb gesture. It seems pretty easy to use, especially their equivalent to Photoshop’s Shadows and Highlights, which uses smart image analysis to get pretty great results.


Apple has updated the camera software quite a bit. For users, iOS 8 will add Time Lapse photography, which was pretty cool. But the news may be in the developer’s side, with a new camera application programming kit that will allow third-party apps to access the camera hardware in depth, with controls that weren’t available before. This may indicate that the camera in the next iPhone may be beefed up quite considerably. The camera was probably every smartphone’s No. 1 app. Apple likes to keep its interface relatively simple, but in iOS 8, users will get a couple of more options: a three-second timer and time-lapse capture for video — sort of the opposite of the slow-motion mode introduced in iOS 7. The camera also gets focus and exposure controls.

Health Kit

Apple has created a new APL called health kit. Developers also will able to link applications to a central database of your personal health data.


Continuity is one of the most exciting things in iOS. It was a group of technologies that seamlessly integrates both Macs and iOS devices. Apple took the idea of collaboration through the cloud to a new level with a new feature called Handoff, part of its “Continuity” concept. If you have an iPhone and a Mac, you’ll be able to start a task on one device (say, composing an email) and finish on the other. Since the devices are aware of each other, all you have to do is click one button, and it works on iPad, too.

Continuity also has a couple of bonuses first; AirDrop will work between Macs and iOS devices. Second, using your iPhone as a personal hotspot has never been easier. There’s no configuration needed — the iPhone will just know when your Mac needs the connection.

Keyboard enhancements

For the first time, Apple was renewing its keyboard. The new iOS finally supports context-sensitive predictive typing, giving you a list of words that you can use to make your text entry a lot faster. There’s nothing more fundamental to the iPhone than its onscreen keyboard — and in iOS 8, it gets an upgrade via predictive typing, which suggests several options for the next word as you type. This was a feature that’s been on Android for a while, although Apple says its implementation is superior — since it learns what you’re likely to say to different friends and colleagues.

At the same time, Apple was letting developers offer their own keyboards. You may have tried Swipe for Android, for example, which uses an algorithm that lets you swipe around a keyboard rather than tap; the company has already said it will make its keyboard available for iOS.


The new mail has variety of enhancements, but the gesture based message manipulation. You can swipe left to delete or reply to a message. Swipe a bit harder and you can easily delete the message itself.

Text Message:

Now you can send message from your iPone to Mac. The iPhone would relay your regular text messages—sent by non-iOS phones—into the iMessage app in your Mac. All your messages, regardless of their origin, will be synchronized everywhere. I wish this worked with other chat services, like Gchat or Facebook, finally providing a centralized, seamless message centre.


Siri was also updated in this iOS version. In this we just need to say “Hey siri”, then it automatically gets activated. Another good addition was integration of Shazam. Siri is now able to recognize the songs on the spot without opening the app.


It works between Mac to iPhone. You can drag and drop a file from your Mac to your iPhone via Wi-Fi network.


You can mute particular conversations now, which will be very convenient. Another cool feature is the ability to share your location on a conversation by conversation basis, and for limited times. You can send audio and video messages in iMessages too. You can listen to audio messages sent via iMessage from the home screen. Just take your phone to your ear to listen, no touch required.


Your iPad and iPhone are always aware of what you are doing on your Mac. So when you are working in a Mail message and you have to leave your workstation, you can pick it where you left it on your iPad or iPhone to continue that message right away. The iOS device will show a small icon on the bottom left corner of the lock screen. Clicking on that icon will open your work which you have done before.


The notifications have been enhanced. At last, the new iOS 8 provides with a way to answer notifications without having to leave your app. You can also do the same from the lock screen, without having to unlock your phone.


You can access people by double tapping on the home button. The most contacted people will pop as line of icons. Clicking on one face will give you access to all the forms of communication available. Chat, FaceTime or FaceTime voice.


Spotlight was accessible from the lock screen and everywhere in iOS with a downward swipe. It works across the entire iPhone to give you results but also now offers you suggestions of things that are not stored in your device. It will give you suggestions on:

  • News
  • Wikipedia
  • Nearby places
  • iTunes store music, podcasts and movies
  • iBooks store
  • Suggested websites
  • Movie showtimes

Touch ID for all apps:

Apple took fingerprint reading mainstream with the TouchID sensor in the iPhone 5S. In iOS 8, it’s going to open up that level of convenience to developers, who can let a user unlock any password stored in their keychain by placing their finger on the reader. That could potentially be even more convenient than Last pass app logins on Android.

Metal: New 3D engine for iOS:

Apple claimed that their new Metal graphics engine offers ten times the performance of their previous 3D rendering engine, which apparently was really impressive (it certainly looks really impressive.) One of the developers, from Epic, says that they were able to bring a full “console-level” engine to the iPad with full fidelity and full performance, whatever that means.

Call integration:

Even cooler than the text messaging was that you can use your iPhone to relay voice calls to your Mac—complete with Caller ID—and call from your Mac through your iPhone. It’s all automatic: The iPhone gets fully integrated and your Mac acts like a speaker and microphone.

We Provide you the latest features and other hidden features if any soon. If you find any other hidden secrets, do share us in the comment section and we will be updating very soon..!

Also Read : Quickest Way to Record iPhone Calls on your Mac

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