iOS 8 review

Unlike iOS 7 which brought some major visual changes to Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8 is really just a series of tweaks and additions that – as with all iOS updates – make it even better than before.

Let’s start with some of iOS 8’s best new features, including notifications, the improved camera app and the QuickType keyboard.

iOS 8 review: Notifications

Notifications are now interactive, so you don’t have to switch apps to reply to a text message, for example. When a notification pops up, it will look the same as before, but you can drag it down to reveal options such as accepting a meeting invite, or a text box to type a reply.

iOS 8 review

iOS 8 review: camera app

The camera app has gained a couple of extra features including a self-timer option at the top, offering a 3- or 10-second delay. There's also a brand new time-lapse mode, which automatically chooses a suitable interval time between frames based on what you’re shooting.

A more useful everyday tool is the capability to adjust exposure manually. This is tied to the tap-to-focus feature: you tap and can then drag a sun icon up or down to change the exposure.

The app also supports extensions, so developers can add new filters and potentially other functions, so we’ll have to wait and see what they come up with.

iOS 8 review

Next section: iOS 8 review: QuickType Keyboard