Apple’s iOS 8 has the Web Squawking

Apple, Inc. remains prominent in the heart and mind of the Internet this week, as Wednesday saw the release of their newest mobile operating system — for iPhone and iPad — iOS 8.

While maintaining the same basic design of iOS 7, the new operating system comes with a whole slew of new features, and — as is being widely touted, and as is quite timely and welcome — it also comes with heightened security.

Apple has boldly declared on their site:

On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

It seems that nearly every main application has been beefed up to some degree; enhanced camera functionality, more options in chat (such as muting group conversations and the ability to send video), etc. We’ve not had the opportunity to explore iOS 8 ourselves, but goodness knows many others have done the heavy lifting for us.


The Verge chimes in here with The best iOS 8 features you may not know about.

Also, the New York Times reviews both the new operating system, and the new iPhones — the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus — here; complete with video, so you can get a bit of a feel for what’s really going on.

And here, Source Fed chimes in, expounding on Gizmodo‘s list of iOS 8 highlights: