Hands on with Apple's iOS 8 (pictures)

Summary:Apple's latest mobile operating system iOS 8 was unveiled at its annual developer conference. ZDNet takes it for a test drive to show you some of the new features.

Apple's latest mobile operating system is packed with time-saving features, including the ability to contacts favorites on the fly, and share your location with your friends and colleagues if you're in a busy area.

In the multitasking pane, you can now reach your favorite and recent contacts with a simple swipe. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Double-tap the Home button to access multitasking. That's not new. But now you can see your favorite and recent contacts to easily call or text someone on the fly. Apple is using the real estate it had in the multitasking pane to try to make accessing those more regular contacts easier.

Spotlight now draws in more data sources, making searching your device and the Web far easier. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Spotlight, iOS 8's native in-built search facility, can now not only search the Web and Wikipedia, but also check out local restaurants near your location, check movie times, and search locations on the map — as well as look for apps and music that you might want to download.

Need someone to find you? Share your location on the fly. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Apple's intelligence QuickType keyboard can predict who you are talking to (either a formal email or a friend over text message) and adjust its predictive results accordingly. It works well, and can respond to most written dialog. And if you want to share your location, you can — just by dropping it in an iMessage. 

The Camera app now comes with native image-editing features. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Apple's native Camera app now comes with photo adjustment technology, which can change the light and the color of images — particularly if you're in a very bright or very dark area. You can tweak your snaps quickly, and share them with friends with a few taps on the screen. You can also adjust the rotation of the picture so that it lines up with the grid lines you are given, which is handy if you took a picture with one hand or at a jaunty angle.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, iOS, iPad, iPhone


Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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