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.

Considering hundreds of millions of iPhone users have a camera right in their pocket, it wouldn't make sense if Apple didn't improve the Camera app.

Move over, Instagram. You can now add filters to your snaps. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter all land with their own image-filter technology. Now Apple's waltzing in with its own array of filters, all in aid of making your photos look better. Simply tap the middle filter icon and you can adjust your photo style with just a few taps of your finger.

Making a time-lapse? There's an app for that. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Time-lapses have become all the rage. It records at about ten-times the speed of a regular video, allowing you to take a long movie and shorten it down to just a few moments. Take that beautiful sunset or that meteor shower, and you're already on the way to award-winning video success.

Your family can now make purchases — with your permission. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

And last but now least, Family Sharing allows you to share purchased content, such as movies, music, books, and apps with members of your family. It can support up to six people on the same credit card. It can also allow you to accept an app or music purchase over the air if one of your family members tries to download a paid-for app. Just one click lets you approve it, or deny it.

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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