Apple’s iOS 8: Time to Update or Not?

iOS8What’s going on with iOS 8? It’s been out for a little while now, but some people still aren’t sure if they need to upgrade. There have already been a few updates, and it finally looks like things are calming down. Should you get in on the iOS 8 long-tail? We took a look at some of the brand new features that Apple included in the latest mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Reply to Messages No Matter What You’re Doing

We were impressed that the iPhone 6 let made it possible to answer messages from the lockscreen, but iOS 8 makes it possible to answer any incoming iMessage no matter what application you’re running.

Time-Lapse Video Recording

The new iOS 8 makes the video making properties of the iPhone more powerful than ever. The time-lapse feature is just one of the new improvements that let you do more with video than earlier versions of the software. Apple calls the time-lapse feature “dynamically selected intervals”: what that basically means is that you can record videos that film in 20-40-second intervals. The results are kind of cool.

Swipe to Mark Emails

As you scroll through your inbox, iOS 8 makes it possible to change an email’s status without opening it up and scrolling through a bunch of options in a drop-down menu. All you have to do is swipe left to mark an email as unread. If you want to flag the email you swipe to the right. This will also give you access to the full menu of email options. If those two default swiping commands aren’t what you do most frequently, you can customize the swipe settings to do what you want them to do in Settings.

Audio in Your Messages

Messages finally caught up to some of the other text applications like WhatsApp and WeChat by adding the ability for you to record audio in your texts. It’s handy if you don’t have time to type something out, and a good way to capture something that somebody else is saying that you want to share.

Easily Share Multiple Photos Using Messages

Messages is now also able to send multiple photos in a single message just by tapping the camera icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Final Word

So, what’s different? If you were expecting a ground-up rebuild of the previous iOS 7, you may be a little disappointed. The new iOS 8 isn’t a radical redesign of the way Apple products run. Despite that, there are still a lot of new features and upgrades to old apps. Some of the radical changes that were introduced to users’ horror when iOS 8 first rolled out—like eliminating Camera Roll—have already been reversed in latest updates. What’s different? From a UI standpoint, not much. However, the new features can give your phone or mobile device a performance boost and some flashy new tools. Go ahead and update.