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iOS 8

As announced at the Apple Keynote Presentation last week, the next generation operating system for the Apple iPhone and iPad, iOS 8, will be released to everyone today. The new OS, which will be made available free of charge, was released as a Gold Master for Developer testing last week, and comes just two days before the first deliveries of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start to arrive on customer doorsteps. iOS 8 represents a big leap forward for Apple with one major new feature, Continuity, being touted as the ultimate way to connect together iOS devices and Mac OS X.

In addition, iOS also bring AirDrop to iOS devices, as well as Handoff, a new feature which allows users to seamlessly switch between devices when working on tasks. The extends to the ability to send and receive SMS messages from Mac and iPad, using iPhone Handoff functionality. Users will also be able to take advantage of iCloud Drive, a Dropbox-like service which brings full cloud storage features to iCloud users.

These features, along with smaller tweaks to Notification Centre, keyboards, Siri, Photos, Camera and Health, means that iOS will likely see the fastest adoption of any iOS version. Some features, like Handoff and SMS Relay will not work immediately until OS X Yosemite is released, likely next month, but other new features are available immediately.

There is no word yet on what time the update will be released to the public, but today is the day.



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