Apple has announced the new version of its mobile operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod: iOS 8.
iOS 8 will feature tighter Mac integration while loosening the restrictions on Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor. New software kits are also bringing once fragmented security and health gadgets together.
A family of 6 with the same credit card on file can set up Family Sharing that allows you to share calendars, reminders and photos across all your devices. But the best part is sharing iTunes-purchased music, movies, books, and apps purchased by one member of the family. Parents can also set it up so they are prompted for approval before their children purchase apps.
Siri has been tweaked so that you don't need to touch the phone, just start talking and it'll respond. It also now features integrated Shazam song recognition and you can prompt it to purchase iTunes content.
Apple is also working on the Smart Home Framework where soon users will be able to speak to Siri to have her lock the doors or turn off the lights.
Developers can get their hands on iOS 8 right now, but everyone else has to wait a few months for the official release date, estimated to be a little over three months from now.
When it is released, iOS 8 will support the iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s; iPod touch 5th generation; iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.
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