iOS 8 is official and free for all this fall

Apple has made some major announcements at its WWDC 2014 conference and iOS 8 is the main highlight. The new mobile OS has gone official with various new features and even enhancements to older ones. In the words of the Cupertino giant, the platform delivers ‘a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience.’

Apple has added a new interactive notifications feature which allows you to respond to texts, emails, messages and more from applications without the need to exit them and switch over. In the multitasking interface, you’ll now start to see a list of favorite contacts and recently contacted people to make it easier for you to stay connected. The Messaging application comes with new enhancements too. You can share audio and videos with a simple swipe and also your location as well as multiple media miles at the same time.

iOS 8

With iOS 8, the company has finally added support for predictive text. The software also knows who you’re talking to and suggests appropriate words. There’s even support for third-party keyboards. Apple has focused on health with the new platform, through the Health app. iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are said to deeply integrate into each other. You will be able to answer calls and send text messages directly from your Mac or browse the web from the laptop and continue surfing the same links from an iPad.

So now comes the main part – Will your device be compatible with iOS 8? Sadly, it’s the end of the line for iPhone 4 users as the software only supports the 4S and above. For the iPod touch lineup, the fifth generation model will be the only one getting the new platform, while iPad users are the luckiest as the OS supports the second generation model and above.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

iOS 8 beta and the SDK are both available for download through the company’s Developer Program. The new firmware will be available for everyone this fall for free. Be sure to check out this link for more details on what the latest platform has to offer.