Now you’ve had a chance to catch up on our coverage of the main new features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and seen our hands-on videos (iOS 8 overview, OS X Yosemite overviewiOS 8 Spotlight and iOS 8 interactive notifications), we’d like to hear your first impressions of each.

Whether you’re blown away by all the new features, disappointed by things you wanted but didn’t get, or just a bit underwhelmed, here’s your chance to let us know.

We’ve summarized the features Apple has chosen to highlight, and there are separate polls for each platform … 

The iOS 8 features Apple has chosen to highlight in its microsite are:

  • Photos: Every photo you take, now on all your devices, automatically – with synced edits
  • Messages: Add voice, video and location to any message
  • Design: Responses to notifications, shortcuts to your key contacts, time-saving features for managing mail
  • Keyboard: Predictive text, context-dependent, making different suggestions in Messages and Mail
  • Family sharing: Up to six people can share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases
  • iCloud Drive: Store any kind of file, accessible on all your devices
  • Health: All your health & fitness apps can now talk to each other, with a dashboard summary
  • Connected devices: Easier than ever to start something on one device and continue it on another
  • Spotlight: Now gives you suggestions from more places, with context & location awareness

The features Apple highlights for Yosemite are:

  • Notification Center: A new Today view with everything from events to stocks & weather
  • Spotlight: Rich, scrollable previews of results, and includes Wikipedia, Bing, Maps and more
  • Safari: Streamlined toolbar, more usable space, faster performance, greater privacy
  • Mail: Send larger attachments, annotate documents, fillable forms, faster performance
  • Messages: Send & receive both iMessages and text messages on your Mac
  • iCloud Drive: Store any kind of file, accessible on all your devices. Add tags to find files faster
  • Connected devices: Phone calls & SMS on your Mac; handoff between devices; instant hotspot

Please use the comments to let us know what least and most impresses you. We’re expecting you to have a lot to say, so may not be able to respond to many, but we will read them all.

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