The new Apple Watch, due out next year, was not the only big announcement.
The new Apple Watch, due out next year, was not the only big announcement.

Apple's free iOS8 offers some smart features

APPLE unveiled everything but a new kitchen sink at its long awaited iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch but changes to its software are things we can all enjoy.

While its biggest and best iPhone 6 Plus will set you back $1249 when it comes out on Friday, its new iOS 8, will cost you nothing.

Apple's iOS8  update promises new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple's QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing so can you enjoy the things you buy from iTunes store on multiple device.

There's also a new health app and an iCloud drive, which will allow you to store files and access them from anywhere. 

New iCloud pricing includes 5GB free, 20GB $1.29/month, 200GB $4.99 a month, 500GB $12.99 a month and 1TB $24.99/month.

Apple says Messages in iOS 8 makes conversations more immersive.

You can Tap to Talk to share your voice.

The same gesture also works for sharing photos and videos.

Users can now share several photos and videos at once and easily browse through all of them within a conversation from one place.

The Photos app promises more powerful editing to your fingertips.

Photos automatically straightens horizons, and with smart editing tools you can quickly adjust light and colour with a swipe.

You can also access individual tools to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more.

Predictive typing

Apple says its new predictive typing intelligently takes context into account, such as who the recipient is and in which app you're typing.

It suggests favourite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps.

Apple maintains what the QuickType keyboard learns is kept private, encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud.

Heath app

The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place.

With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness.

Users will be able to gather and monitor their own fitness metrics using apps such as MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and Strava. Healthcare providers can now monitor the data their patients choose to share through apps such as Mayo Clinic or Epic's MyChart app that will be used by Duke Medicine and Stanford Children's Health/Stanford Medicine, among others.


HomeKit connects your home devices safely and seamlessly so you can better manage accessories like lights, thermostats, door locks and garage doors.

With Siri integration you can say, "Good morning," and have the lights turn on in specific rooms, the thermostat adjust the temperature and the garage door open.

Family Sharing

  iOS 8 makes it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases. It automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream and calendar, and provides an option to locate family members and their devices.

Family members can also now browse and download each other's eligible iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases.

Up to six family members can participate, each with their own Apple ID.

Parents can create Apple IDs for children and, with Ask to Buy, require online parental permission for purchases.

That's sure to be a winner for mums and dads sick of finding unwanted purchases on their credit card account.

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