Apple announced and introduced iOS 8 yesterday and it is the next version according to iOS 7. and shake it right on your iPhone or iPad. We’ve even made a desktop version to use on your Mac, if that worked for you.
iOS 8 retains the overall look and feel of iOS 7, but adds loads of new features. Most importantly, iOS 8 now comes with interactive notifications that allow users to manage notifications and respond directly from Notification Center. So, if you receive a text message, you can tap on it to reply without having to open the Messages app. These are very similar to Android’s notifications, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. These interactive notifications also work on the lock screen, and the Facebook integration even lets you “Like” or comment on a Facebook post directed at you.
In the Messages app, you can now remove specific contacts from group conversations and also give group chats a custom name. You can also enable Do Not Disturb only for certain conversations, so you can still receive text messages from a friend, but quickly mute notifications from your mom.
You can also share your location with people you’re chatting with in Messages, and record and send a quick audio or video message to them right away. We’ve seen these features in other apps as well, including Snapchat and WhatsApp, but now that they’re integrated into iOS, it’s really cool.
As for the app switcher, the overall look and design are still the same, although Apple has now added “Recent Contacts” or “Favorites” (whichever you prefer in Settings) where you can tap a contact and call or text them and it’s right there.
Spotlight Search in iOS 8 remains the same as in iOS 7, but Apple has added more things you can search for, including searching for apps, places of interest, news, and songs (even in iTunes).
Apple also announced something called QuickType for the iOS keyboard; this is essentially predictive typing very similar to what we see on Android with Google Keyboard and SwiftKey. Over time it learns your typing habits and presents you with suggested words as you type.
As for new apps, Apple has announced HealthKit for iOS, which acts as a central app for viewing all your health data like your step count, heart rate, calories burned, and even data on how well you slept during the night.
Apple has also partnered with a handful of healthcare providers, and HealthKit will allow these providers to receive and transmit reading data from patient controls.
Of course, Siri did not stay out of the update circle. Apple has added some great new functionality to Siri, including the ability to talk to Siri without having to touch your iPhone (just say “Hey, Siri”). This is obviously very similar to “OK, Google” for Android devices.
Siri also has Shazam integration with iOS 8, with the ability to recognize a song played on the radio or in the bar.
If you want to try these features right away, you can do so by paying some money to get the beta on your iPhone or iPad. However, if you don’t want to try the beta software (and we can’t blame you), at least using the wallpaper can make the wait a little more bearable.
Download Wallpaper for iPhone and iPad
For iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s with 4 inch screens and 16:9 aspect ratio, you can download iOS 8 wallpaper and we changed this wallpaper to work with older iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, these devices have smaller 3:2 aspect ratio because they have proportional screens.
As for the iPad, you can download a 2048×2048 iOS 8 wallpaper that will work on models with Retina displays and the older iPad 2 – you don’t need to edit it to work with non-Retina models.
Download Wallpaper for Mac
We couldn’t find the Mac version of the iOS 8 wallpaper so we had to make our own using the iPad version. And since the iPad version is at 2048 pixels max, when we crop the Mac wallpaper to 16:9 aspect ratio it ends up at 2048×1152.
This isn’t big enough to be a wallpaper for a Retina-equipped MacBookPro or Thunderbolt display, as they’re around 2500px wide, but would definitely work for something like a 1920×1080 monitor. If you find a higher resolution version of the iOS 8 wallpaper, please let us know!