What’s so special about iOS 8?

Apple recently graced us with their presence at another press conference announcing the iPhone6, iPhone 6 Plus and the new Apple Watch. The software was available for download to iPhone users on Wednesday and the Twitter world was buzzing with their thoughts about the software upgrade. Some tweeters were fans, while others didn’t see the point in downloading it.

I myself downloaded it when it came out. Some features are beneficial, while others are just annoying. Here are my thoughts on some of the new features.

Audio Messages

LIKE – I was a heavy HeyTell user so I am taking advantage of the new audio message option. All you have to do is hold down the microphone next to the iMessage window to record your message. You can tap the icon again to hear your message, use the arrow icon to send the message, or delete the message using the X icon.

Predictive Words

DISLIKE – While this isn’t a new concept overall, it is new to iPhone users. As you are typing a message, the phone predicts what you are typing and allows you to click on the word right above the keyboard. I turned this feature off (Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Predictive) because I type too fast and have the word finished before it can figure out what I’m typing.

Photo Timer

LIKE – Pretty self-explanatory, but you can now set a timer for your photos. This is just one more reason why you don’t need to carry around a digital camera anymore…and if you’re still doing that, STOP. Like now.

Recent Contacts

DISLIKE – Your recent contacts can now be seen when you double click the home button. If you click on a contacts name you have the option to call them, message them, or FaceTime them. This feature will probably grow on me over time, but it is still catching me off guard every time I go to close my apps.

Shazam Upgrade

LIKE – When a song is playing and you want to know what song it is and who is singing it, you don’t have to go into the Shazam app anymore. Now, all you have to do is ask Siri, “What song is this?” and she will have an answer for you.

Message Cleanup

ON THE FENCE – Go into Settings -> Messages -> Keep Messages to decide how long your messages are saved for. You can decide if they are saved for 30 days, 1 year, or forever. It is surprising how much space your messages take up so if you are running out of room on your phone, take a look at enabling this.