iOS 8 also lands with a number of productivity tweaks, and things that will be handy (albeit indirectly) not only to the consumer, but also the business customer. And those who are always in a rush.
With iMessage, you can now send bursts of voice if you aren't always in the mood for typing. Typically just a few seconds long, push and hold the record button — like "push-to-talk" — and it will send the message over the data network.
In the Mail app, a number of features have been "borrowed" from Dropbox-acquired Mailbox, including these swipe features. Swipe to the right and you can easily mark a message as read, and swipe all the way to the left and you can delete a message on the fly. But swipe gently to the left and you can select more options.
On thread emails, such as those where a number of people have been added to the list, you can be notified of important updates. Also, you have the option to set out-of-office messages on Exchange-based email, including Office 365 accounts.
Receive a message within an app? You can swipe down on the notification and reply without having to leave the app you're in. Also, from the Lock screen, you can selectively mark messages as read or send them straight to the trash if you don't want to read them.
And the Notification Center has also received a few improvements. Users can now selectively choose which options they want to see in their list of notifications, including weather and stocks. It gives the user more granular control over what they're seeing — either from the Lock screen, or from any other app.