Apple is scheduled to release the new iOS 8 in fall this year. In the tech circle, rumors on the possible specs and features are on. This time the rumor got a kickstart because of the leaked screenshots that popped up a month earlier.
Last year iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S were released. The craze about iOS 8 is subsequently huge enough as along with routine updates, the new iOS 8 is also reported to arrive with pretty exciting features.
The whole industry is having its fingers crossed for iOS 8 and iPhone 6. Unconfirmed sources are feeding them with so-called leaks and speculations. It’s likely however that some of those rumors will turn true. To get an idea of what features could be expected from iOS 8, we need to give a look at the rumors.
The first thing iOS enthusiasts need to understand is there won’t be stark dissimilarity in design between iOS 7 and iOS 8. Apple has the reputation of being conservative when it comes to visual changes. So design wise, iOS 7 and 8 will have similarity. The however will be in features. Features in iOS 8 would be latest, more advanced and more enthralling than iOS 7.
A Korean website called Weibo leaked few screenshots. The website claimed those screenshots are of iOS 8. The screenshots showed some new apps such as Preview, TextEdit, Tips and Healthbook. Since no official statement from Apple, industry were left on their own to speculate about those new apps.
9to5mac, a credible source for iOS related news attempted to collect information on the new apps and came up with the statement, “The apps are built to serve as tools to view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud by OS X. Apple added iCloud synchronization for Preview and TextEdit with OS X Mountain Lion, but has not yet released iOS counterparts to actually view the synchronized content.”
A section of analysts has raised a valid concern. They shed doubt on the authenticity of the leaks. We are in no way able to verify the legitimacy of the leaks, but we could at least refer to their sources. Some of the leaks are from trusted sources. Beside, 9to5mac also considers the leaks to be genuine.
The new iOS 8 may come with new API. This could encourage third party developers to build new Apps. The Touch ID also needs some improvement. If third party developers get access to the Touch ID application programming interface, they could develop new apps and that could amount to better user interface. For online shopping for example, users won’t have to insert username and password every time.
Apple introduced iBeacon in iOS 7. The iBecon works on Bluetooth Smart technology, found in Bluetooth 4.0 devices. The technology could allow payments at POS terminal using proximity sensing of point of sale terminal location. As the iBeacon has potential to replace Near Field Communication it could be used for online shopping. In iOS 8, we get to see an improved version of iBeacon.
Some other areas that require modification are Notification Center, Control Center and the personal voice assistant Siri. At the same time, enhanced support for Apple TV and better integration with OS X are also expected in iOS 8.
The two new features Preview and TextEdit would be based on iCloud integration. iOS 8 users will find these two apps on their desktops. However, they would let viewers to synchronize their files in cloud. This way, if a user creates a file on his Mac desktop, using the iCloud integration feature, he could view them on his iOS device and likewise.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference will start from 2nd June. Many are of the opinion that at the WWDC Apple could showcase the Preview and TextEdit apps. The Cupertino giant may also rebrand the iTunes Radio as a separate app at the WWDC. If the iTunes Radio is featured as a standalone music service, better promotion of music within iOS ecosystem will be guaranteed.
The Map feature may undergo an incisive overhaul. Apple may update its existing mapping database with inputs from HopStop, Embark and BroadMap. All these companies had been acquired by Apple in recent time. The Apple Map would make it easy for users to pinpoint key locations such as transit links, roads, bus stops, pick up points and metro stations.
9to5mac enquired into this and based on the inquiry published, “When a user chooses to receive transit directions in the iOS 8 Maps app, a translucent panel slides up from the bottom of the Maps app with a list of different routes, according to the sources briefed on the application…” The revamped Map feature could ease users in many ways.
At the WWDC, more details on iOS 8 will be revealed and we’ll be able to verify if the current rumors have any truth in them or should be taken with a grain of salt.