Seven things to look forward to in iOS 8

Seven things to look forward to in iOS 8

Summary: iOS 8 will be out later this year in time for the long-awaited iPhone 6. Here are seven things to look forward to.

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  • Messaging, quick-reply improvements

    For those on T-Mobile (with more carrier to come), if you suffer from poor cell service, you will soon be able to make Wi-Fi calls instead of routing through your carrier. Not only do you get cheaper calls, but the quality of the calls can be better.

    Though not a new feature, Wi-Fi calling has been all but entirely exclusive to Android smartphones.

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  • "Handoff" to Mac

    You will soon be able to "hand off" your apps and what you're working on to your Mac, and vice-versa. You'll note a small icon in the lower-left corner, which allows the user to carry on their work from their Mac, running the latest OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" version, like documents and image editing.

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  • WiFi calling - I call it "Skype" ;)

    "For those on T-Mobile (with more carrier to come), if you suffer from poor cell service, you will soon be able to make Wi-Fi calls instead of routing through your carrier. Not only do you get cheaper calls, but the quality of the calls can be better."

    I call it "Skype" ;)

    . . . and considering Skype is cross-platform and has all of my contacts, I suspect I'll continue to use it.
    CobraA1
    • would like to see

      Apple port Facetime and complete with Skype. Nevermind...I must be crazy to think Apple would port anything.
      Sean Foley
      • How did you let...

        someone comment before you? On a coffee break?
        msalzberg
        • It must have been...

          ...the dinner rush at the McDonald's where he works. ;)
          BillDem
    • Clearly you're not a T-Mo Customer =)

      Wi-Fi calling is excellent. First, no paying for SkypeOut for calls to the PSTN. Second, it's not just calls - it's texts, MMS, and voicemail, too. Calls are received exactly like cell calls are; no forwarding or separate numbers involved. Finally, no expensive repeaters, and by definition, you're not using up anything on your data plan.

      Skype has its place: international calling, video chat, etc., and it excels in those areas. Conversely, Wi-Fi Calling's most annoying drawback is that it doesn't do handoffs; if you're on a Wi-Fi call, the call drops if you move out of range of the access point. However, Wi-Fi Calling is a sufficiently useful feature that it single handedly precludes me from flashing my phone with an AOSP ROM - Wi-Fi Calling is kernel level and AOSP kernels don't support it.

      Joey
      voyager529
      • Does T-Mo charge for WiFi or something ;)?

        "Clearly you're not a T-Mo Customer =)"

        Why, does T-Mo charge for WiFi or something ;)?

        "First, no paying for SkypeOut for calls to the PSTN."

        Meh, I'm on a subscription with Skype and have a Skype Number. I use it as a replacement for a land line, essentially. So I pay, but not by the minute.

        Also, with all of the video stuff becoming free, the video abilities of Skype are pretty great with other people who have Skype.
        CobraA1
    • My wife would never figure out skype

      She uses wifi calling via T-Mo (well, MetroPCS, an mvno) every day. If she had to use Skype, she'd give up in frustration. That it's completely integrated into the phone part of the smartphone is why it matters to Joe and Jane "We Couldn't Program Our VCR Either" Consumer.

      Iow, you (and I) aren't the intended audience.
      daboochmeister
  • Move along...

    Nothing to see here.
    vincewansink
  • WiFi Calling TWICE?

    So feature #1 and #7 are the same? Ummm...looks like you are digging deep to find any additional features coming out of IOS8....
    StellarView
  • One more

    #8. Look forward to trying a different phone since iOS 8 is boring.
    Sean Foley
    • "Boring"

      says the man who posts the same thing over and over and over and over and ...
      msalzberg
  • iOS8

    these Chinese guys are much better than
    Koko Bill