Here Are iOS 8 Features Apple Didn’t Get to Talk About Today [LIST]


The two hours of the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote were enough for Apple CEO Tim Cook and Craig Federighi, SVP of Software Engineering, as well as other execs to quickly highlight a handful of new features for iOS 8 and Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite.

Today, Apple showed us what it has been working on during the past six months or more: iOS 8, the biggest iOS release even since the App Store, and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, a completely new, completely Mac software that enables a completely new relationship between Mac and iOS devices.

Ios 8 new features

But the two hours weren’t enough to highlight all of the new features iOS 8 will bring this fall. Some of them you’ll find on the list below:

  • Braille keyboard for direct 6 dot braille input
  • Instant burst mode
  • Wi-Fi calling
  • New definition dictionaries for Russian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Thai and Turkish, Hindi localization
  • Alex voice for accessibility
  • Auto night mode in iBooks
  • Panoramic photos on iPad
  • DuckDuckGo support in Safari
  • Battery usage app
  • Travel time notifications
  • 24 new dictation languages
  • See your books as a series in iBooks
  • Multi-device support for MFi hearing aids
  • Tips app
  • Navigation for China
  • Lunar calendar support
  • Time limits and countdown timer for Guided Access
  • Camera Timer
  • Speak screen
  • Place cards in other apps
  • Vector maps in China
  • Private browsing per tab in Safari
  • “Hey, Siri”
  • iBooks built into iOS
  • Flyover city tours
  • Separate focus and exposure in Camera
  • RSS feeds in Shared Links
  • Improved zoom for accessibility
  • In Case of Emergency card
  • Purchase iTunes content with Siri
  • Rich text editing in Notes
  • Touch ID to exit from Guided Access
  • Indian Tagalog, Irish Gaelic, and Slovenian keyboards
  • Shazam with Siri
  • FaceTime call waiting

As you can see on the above list, the mysterious Tips app that leaked in previous iOS 8 screenshots appears on the official list, although its role is not yet known. Maybe it will be a Help file in iOS 8 just like Help in Mac OS X?


  • Christopher Jones

    “Place cards in other apps” appears twice in your list.

  • Thanks–fixed!

  • Chrome262

    Has anyone used DuckDuckGo?

  • Al

    Craig Federighi did a masterful job today.

    Not a whole lot of “exciting” stuff in the new release. Maybe a couple of things that got me tingly, but most are just enhancements (some nice ones, admittedly). Perhaps there isn’t really much else in the way of stand out, breakthrough stuff that can be done with iOS. Maybe that’s partly why the focus was on developers… Apples is starting to hit a brick wall with what they can come up with, so they are leaving it up to the developer community to add some ingenuity.

    Having said that, in Apple’s corner, new products yet to be announced, will surely pick up the “coolness” baton with the devices that make us drool.

  • There was way too much today to cover in just two hours. Despite that, Craig did an amazing job.

    We won’t see the fruit of these announcements today until iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are publicly released. By that time, developers (the keen ones) will have released capable apps for us to take full advantage of–on our new iPhones and iPads of course.

  • Kirk

    I think the most exciting things for me is the new keyboard with predictive text, new iMessages with groups, third party widgets in notification center

  • Corey Beazer

    thats my default search browser for safari, it’s great, private (Doesn’t track you) but takes a bit of getting used to.

  • Corey Beazer

    Wish they had of talked about the WiFi calling, wonder if that’ll replace my need for the Rogers One app

  • Personally, I thought there was a lot of exciting stuff announced, but I tend to get more excited about details. I think iOS 7 was the big changes release, but I had a bit of a bitter taste with iOS 7 because I felt like a lot of the details weren’t smoothed out. I liked the changes announced yesterday because it was a lot of improvements in the details. It feels like they’re moving into the fine tuning stages with a lot of things, and that makes me happy.

  • Chrome262

    you can already do that with facetime voice. But thats assuming they have an iphone.

  • Chrome262

    tried it a bit last night, so weird to have no adds or “suggested” hits. kind of like it

  • Corey Beazer

    “But thats assuming they have an iPhone.” exactly…. I can’t receive regular voice calls in my apartment (without Rogers One app), WiFi calling is gonna fix that.