iOS 8 available for download, brings improvements

After presenting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last week, Apple also announced the launch date of iOS 8 ​​on Wednesday, September 17.

The new iOS 8 is visually very similar to its predecessor but it comes with many interesting improvements here and there.

A new keyboard is available, called QuickType, that integrates predictive text input and users can now download third-party keyboards.

Audio and video messages are also supported. A location service will share the user’s location in order to find the other person more easily.

The Notification Center offers new features as well. It is now possible to reply to a message from the without going to the Messages app, interact with notifications in Facebook or see auctions on eBay.

The Health app groups all the data related to your physical condition such as your weight, your heart rate, calories, nutrition etc.

In addition, by double pressing the home button you get access to all applications, but also to recent or favorite contacts.

The Spotlight search system is now capable of a more detailed analysis of the terms entered and provides improved results.

Also, the Family Sharing feature is meant for managing multimedia family accounts, with built-in parental control.

The iOS 8 can be downloaded from iTunes or as an over the air (OTA) update by going to the Settings app and tapping General, then Software Update.

The new Apple software is also compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, fifth-generation iPod touch, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad with Retina Display.