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What New Features Can We Expect from iOS8?
The latest version of Apple's operating system iOS8 is expected to be unveiled at the beginning of June when they hold their annual Worldwide Developer's Conference. iOS8 is expected to be available to download when Apple launch the new iPhone 6 and the iWatch sometime at the end of August or beginning of September. Over the last few months, there's been speculation as to what new and improved features we're likely to see from iOS8. Let's check out the latest rumours...
One of the most exciting new inclusions is thought to be some type of split-screen multitasking feature. No need to have several Apple devices running different apps when you can do several things on just one of your Apple gadgets running iOS8. The multitasking feature could be similar to that available on Microsoft's Surface Tablets, where you can run more than one app alongside each other on the screen. As well as being able to seamlessly move from one app to another on the split-screen, it would also enable Apple users to transfer content (e.g., photos, video, text) from one app to the other by simply dragging it across the screen of their device.
Apple are also apparently looking to offer higher quality audio on iOS8. With the recent news that Apple are expected to purchase Beats Electronics, who are one of the most successful and influential companies in the premium headphone market, this could certainly tie in with this ambition. It's also being reported that the two Beats Electronics founders - Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine - could be about to take up senior roles within the Apple company. At the moment iOS7 and apps running on iOS7 can only play audio files up to 16-bit, high quality audio tends to be around 24-bit. With the Beats Electronic acquisition, not only can we expect superior quality in-ear headphones with new Apple devices but Apple would also gain Beats Music, which is a paid subscription service which would fit nicely alongside Apple's iTunes.
Another bonus on the music front is that the Shazam app is reportedly going to be integrated into iOS8. This means that Apple users will be able to find out the artist and track for any piece of music they hear but can't identify. And, of course, they'll be able to buy it in a matter of seconds from the iTunes Store.
We'll keep you posted on the latest developments on iOS8 over the next few weeks as we have it.