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15 Incredible Ways iOS 8 Has Improved Our Lives

15 Incredible Ways iOS 8 Has Improved Our Lives

The launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus triggered a huge amount of interest among consumers, with a grand total of 21 million units shifted globally during its first month on sale. The success of these products is not only driven by their advanced design and quality, however, but also the supporting operation system that empowers users and enables them to get the absolute most from their devices.

In this case, the new and improved iOS 8 has created an entirely new dimension for iPhone users and Apple customers. With this in mind, let’s consider the unique benefits of this software and how it has improved the typical user experience.

1. New Interactive Notifications

In previous versions of Apples iOS software, users would often have to leave an application to view new or real-time messages. This is no longer the case with iOS 8, however, as it is now possible to view and respond to new interactions in real-time and without having to close an existing tool or app. Simply by swiping down when you receive a message, you can view it instantaneously and reply. Interestingly, the new software also enables you to interact with third party app notifications in the same way.

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    2. Third Party Keyboards

    For users of the iPhone 6 Plus in particular, there is likely to be a keen emphasis on the creation and sharing of documents. It is therefore fortunate that the iOS 8 allows you to install third party keyboards such as SwiftKey, Skype and Fleksy, as this makes it easier to type accurately and efficiently as and when required. These keyboards can easily be downloaded from the app store, and they are ideal for professional iPhone users who are looking to be productive while on the move.

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      3. A Brand New Predictive Typing Keyboard

      On the subject of keyboards, the new iOS 8 also features an advanced predictive typing system that helps you to create documents more seamlessly. More specifically, it makes suggestions for upcoming words that you are likely to type, using intelligent programming that enables you to work quickly and efficiently. It is even context sensitive to different types of content and can be customized to suit different users or recipients, so it is undoubtedly one of the most unique and innovative features of the new software.

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        4. Find and Access Contacts Easier than Ever Before

        If access to predictive and third party keyboards helps to create an improved and more convenient user experience, the same can be said for the way in which you can search and access contact through the new iOS 8. Simply by double tapping the home button you will be able to view both popular windows and a new row of circles to denote your most recent contacts. You can then swipe right to access favorites and make instant calls to your friends and family alike.

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          5. Send More Photos

          There is nothing better than being able to share photographs with loved ones, and thanks to the iOS 8, it is now possible to share multiple images simultaneously without having to leave the messaging window. With previous incarnations of iPhone operating system, you would have to constantly go back and forth from your photo stream, but now you can tap the camera icon and access up to twenty of your most recently captured images. Then it is up to you to select which images you would like to send from your iPhone.

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            6. Send Photos and Videos Instantly from your iPhone 6

            Similarly, you can also send images and videos instantly from your iPhone using the new radial wheel camera feature. You can simply press and hold camera icon to access this tool, which subsequently enables you to capture and instantly send a photograph or video without forcing you to visit your photo stream. It is the ultimate in real-time imaging and sharing features, and marks the iOS 8 as a cutting edge piece of software.

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              7. Share Applications with your Close Family Members

              One of the main attractions of the iPhone series it is range of innovative applications, whether these are free to access or subscription based. The new iOS 8 builds on this by introducing a brand new family app sharing feature, which lets you share a chosen application or program with up to six members of your family at any given time. You can enable this by visiting the settings page on your iPhone, before clicking on iCloud and then ‘Set up Family Sharing’ to enter your details.

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                8. A Brand New 3D Graphics Engine

                Arguably the single most impressive iOS 8 features, gamers will be pleased to know that the iPhone 6 includes a new 3D graphics engine called Metal. Essentially, this means that the new software can render improved three dimensional graphics and enable better integration with desktop development kits, which in turn creates a more interactive gaming experience whether you are enjoying a sporting title or an immersive instant play casino platform. This is a significant feature of the iOS 8, especially when you consider the popularity of mobile gaming in 2014.

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                  9. New Message Features and Developments

                  One of the first things that iPhone 6 users may notice is the significant improvements surrounding group messaging, as it is now possible to add and remove people from conversations in real-time through the iOS 8. You can also leave a thread yourself, while also having the opportunity to access a brand new attachment view that presents an entire conversation in a single screen shot. If you enjoy group conversations, the new iOS 8 software will offer several pleasant surprises.

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                    10. New Mail Gestures and Management Tools

                    In addition to boasting new messaging features, the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 also includes innovative mail gestures and management tools. These include the option of instantly flagging or deleting new emails, while you can also swipe right to mark individual messages as being either read or unread. The updated operating system also enables you to swipe down on a new message and hide it temporarily, so that you can focus on alternative tasks before returning to it later.

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                      11. Spotlight Enhancements

                      The appeal of modern smartphones is often defined by their online capabilities, and many of the noticeable improvements in the iOS 8 are focused on Internet browser capacity. Take the Spotlight Enhancements feature, for example, which has incorporated a number of tools from OS X Y Yosemite and now enables users to seamless search online for data and access movies, applications and music files through iTunes. This can help you to save time when surfing online and get the most from your iPhone experience.

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                        12. Extensions in the Safari Browser

                        Apple has always featured the Safari browser, and thanks to the new iOS 8 software, this now supports browser extensions. This has a number of potential applications for all iPhone users, depending on their preferred actions and applications. It is possible to install and instantly use a translation extension when browsing foreign web pages, for example, while you can also sync and automatically log in to your 1Passwords accounts from a single location. These extensions are a huge component of the iOS 8 and have improved the versatility of the iPhone considerably.

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                          13. Health Integrates All Your Data into a Single Application

                          Health and fitness applications are among the most popular across all mobile developers, with the iPhone having access to the most innovative and purposeful on the market. iOS 8 is able to capitalize on this with its brand new ‘Health’ app, which offers you instant and unrestricted access to all of your fitness information and physical data. As if this was not enough, you can also integrate relevant third party applications and store all of your health information in a single, conveniently accessible file.

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                            14. Touch ID Works In Any Application

                            Touch ID is Apple’s signature fingerprint recognition feature, which has previously featured on the iPhone 5S and iOS 7. It is much more prominent on the iOS 8, however, as Touch ID is now accessible through any application on both the iPhone 6 handset and the iPhone 6 Plus phablet. The result of this is significantly enhanced security and peace of mind, with email accounts and apps such as Day One now capable of being password protected by your unique fingerprint.

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                              15. Improved iCloud Function and Performance between Apps

                              Fans of the iOS 7 will be interested to learn about iCloud drive, which is a new iOS 8 feature that has been designed to let users access all documents and share them across multiple platforms. In essence you can edit a file in one application and then share it with another program seamlessly. It is an innovative and entirely brand new feature, and while it is not yet accessible through Yosemite, it should be rolled out universally in the coming months. For professional users, this will be a huge boon and something that can enable them to work more flexibly.

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                                40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

                                40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

                                Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                For Getting Things Done

                                1. OmniFocus

                                This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                Download it here.

                                  2. Forest

                                  Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                  Download it here.

                                    3. Things

                                    Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                    Download it here.

                                      4. 30/30

                                      Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                      , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                      Download it here.

                                        5. Any.Do

                                        A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                        Download it here.

                                          6. PocketLife Calendar

                                          This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                          Download it here.

                                            7. Asana

                                            We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                            , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                            Download it here.

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                                              8. ToDoist

                                              This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                              Download it here.

                                                9. FlowTasks

                                                From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  10. Calendars 5

                                                  This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                    A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      12. Due

                                                      A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        13. Checkmark 2

                                                        I use this app

                                                        for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          14. TeuxDeux

                                                          Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            15. Wunderlist 

                                                            Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                            Download it here.

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                                                              16. Nirvana

                                                              For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                17. Priorities

                                                                An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  For Building Habits

                                                                  18. Productive

                                                                  With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                    You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      20. Streaks

                                                                      This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        21. Remember The Milk

                                                                        Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          22. Day One Journal

                                                                          When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            For Files Organization

                                                                            23. Evernote

                                                                            Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              24. Pocket

                                                                              You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                                25. Sync.Me

                                                                                This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  26. Droplr

                                                                                  One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    27. Dropbox

                                                                                    Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      28. iDolly 

                                                                                      In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                      Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        29. Soulver

                                                                                        It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          For Working Smarter

                                                                                          30. Captio

                                                                                          A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            31. Drafts

                                                                                            A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                              This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                                                33. Doodle

                                                                                                This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                  I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                    A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      36. GoodReader

                                                                                                      This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                        Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          For Improving Security

                                                                                                          38. 1Password

                                                                                                          There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                            You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                            All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              40. Truecallers

                                                                                                              Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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