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Seven things to look forward to in iOS 8

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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Topic: Mobility
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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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New business-focused features

When you add a new event or meeting to your calendar, your iPhone will alert you to any scheduling conflicts that may arise from existing events.

More features have been included for the business-minded customer. 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.

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Spotlight search improvements

iOS 8's native in-built search facility, Spotlight, now searches the Web and Wikipedia automatically, but also checks out local restaurants and places of interest near your location. You can also check movie times, and search locations on the map -- as well as look for apps and music that you might want to download.

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New QuickType for predictive texting

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.

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New Health app

Health, a new app that brings data from hardware and wearable technology to your iPhone, with the aim of working together to bring you the most comprehensive data possible.

But if you get sick and you need others to know what your basic vital statistics are, you can create a Medical ID — available right on your Lock screen. It can include things like allergies, blood type, and any medical conditions you have. This might, for instance, help emergency medical staff determine the best course of action sooner rather than later.

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Wi-Fi calling (carrier dependent)

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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