Apple iOS 8 New Features, Announced : 10 Key Improvements To Apple's Mobile Operating System! List Of Supported Devices

During the Welcome Keynote of WWDC 2014 currently being held in San Francisco, California, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Craig Federighi, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, formally unveiled Apple iOS 8 - the latest version of the company's mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and iPad Mini.

Without further ado, let me give you a quick rundown of the 10 key new features of iOS 8, which - according to the Cupertino company - is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store.

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1. QuickType - Basically, Apple has improved the iOS keyboard's recognition service resulting in more accurate text prediction and less embarrassing and epic typos.

2. Improved iMessage - While it won't be as cool as WeChat or KakaoTalk with all their cute emoticons, the revamped iMessage now lets you send audio and video messages straight from the application and even allows the user to respond to audio messages straight from the lock screen.

3. More Useful and Intuitive Notifications Tab - You can now manage calender invites and respond to text messages or Facebook comments right on the notification shade! No need to launch an application.

4. A More Musical Siri - Just say "Hey Siri" and she'll instantly wake up to tell you the title of the track that's playing on the radio while you're driving! And with one click on her results page, you can download the track straight from iTunes.

5. HealthKit - Think of it as Apple's answer to Samsung's S-Health application. This one integrates data from the company's sports and health partners like Nike and Mayo Clinic to give users measurements and information that can benefit their fitness and well-being.

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6. Improved Mail - The new stock Mail app now integrates familiar Mailbox actions so you can now tag or delete messages without having to open them and with but a few swipes.

7. Smarter Spotlight Search - Apart helping the user look for applications already installed on his or her iDevice, the new Spotlight also lets you search for applications that you are thinking about downloading from the App Store. Also, you can now use the search bar to look for movies, news, Wikis, and other information from places nearby.

8. More Powerful Photo Editing Tools - I love taking selfies and instantly sharing them on social networking sites so this one's my favorite. iOS 8's Photo (Gallery) App integrates an improved image editing tool that you can use to quickly and conveniently tweak the amount of lighting and color saturation of your photos.

9. Family Sharing - It's now easier than ever to communicate and share photos, purchases, and calendar events within the same household. Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases. Up to six members can participate, each with their own Apple ID and parents can also create Apple IDs for children, which includes Ask to Buy, requiring parental permission for purchases.

10. Continuity Across Apple Devices - With iOS 8, there's greater continuity between iPhone, iPad and Mac, including Handoff to start an activity on one device and finish on another, along with Instant Hotspot and the ability to make and receive calls and send SMS and MMS messages from your Mac or iPad. So, for example, when someone calls your iPhone that you inconveniently left in another room, the Mac that's in front of you will give you a caller ID notification and will even ask you if you want to use it as a remote speakerphone.

TP Friends, iOS 8 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at Apple's Developer website. iOS 8 will be available to consumers around September or October as a free software update for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.