iOS-8-features

There’s a lot of new features coming in iOS 8 that you might have missed during Apple’s presentation today. Apple briefly flashed the slide pictured above and in it listed a bunch of new features that it didn’t talk about in length or at all during its keynote. Some of them include a “Tips app”, panorama on iPad, WiFi calling, FaceTime call waiting, rich text editing in Notes, iBooks preinstalled, and accessibility improvements like multi-device support for MFi hearing aids and the ability to exit Guided Access mode using TouchID.

Perhaps the most interesting of these features that Apple decided to not talk about is WiFi calling and the Tips app. WiFi calling is a feature that many of the big carriers including T-Mobile and Sprint have already started rolling out to a number of Android devices but have not yet supported iPhones with the feature. Here’s Sprint’s description:

Wi-Fi Calling is a FREE service that lets subscribers use their voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks. With Wi-Fi Calling, Sprint customers will experience improved voice, data and messaging services in locations that previously had limited or no mobile network coverage.

The Tips app, on the other hand, was previously rumored in a concept we confirmed as accurate in the month’s leading up to today’s event. It’s unclear what exactly the app will be used for or if it will come preinstalled, but from the title, it sounds like it could be a user guide of sorts.

A full list of the features Apple announced but didn’t talk about today is below:

Accessibility:

  • Improved zoom for accessibility
  • TouchID to exit Guided Access
  • Braille Keyboard for direct 6 dot braille input
  • Alex voice for accessibility
  • Time limits and countdown timer for guided access
  • Multi-device support for MFi hearing aids

Apps:

  • iBooks built into iOS
  • See books as series in iBooks
  • Auto night mode in iBooks
  • Travel time notifications
  • Panorama on iPad
  • Camera Timer
  • Lunar calendar support
  • Rich Text Editing In Notes
  • Battery usage by app
  • DuckDuckGo support in Safari
  • Place cards in other apps
  • In Case of Emergency Card
  • RSS feeds in Shared Links
  • Instant burst mode

Maps:

  • Flyover city tours
  • Vector maps in China
  • Navigation for china

Voice/Siri:

  • WiFi calling
  • Speak Screen
  • Purchase iTunes content with Siri
  • Shazam with Siri
  • FaceTime Call Waiting

Language:

  • 24 new dictation languages
  • Indian, Tagalog, Irish Gaelic, and Slovenian keyboards
  • New definition dictionaries for Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, and Turkish Hindi localization

Full coverage of the iOS 8 features Apple DID talk about is here.