i OS 8 added i Cloud Photo Library support to the Photos app, enabling photo synchronization between different Apple devices.Photos and videos were backed up in full resolution and in their original formats.They also liked the Quick Type keyboard word suggestions, and highlighted Spotlight Suggestions for making the i Phone "almost a portable search portal for everything".However, reviewers noted that the full potential for i OS 8 would only be realized once third-party developers integrated their apps to support new features, particularly widgets in the Notification Center.Purchases made on one account can be shared with the other family members, but purchases made by kids under 13 years of age require parental approval.Purchases made by adults will not be visible for the kids at all.i OS 8 is the eighth major release of the i OS mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc., being the successor to i OS 7.It was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014, and was released on September 17, 2014. i OS 8 incorporated significant changes to the operating system.
It also introduced Instant Hotspot, allowing Mac users to remotely activate the "Personal hotspot" feature on a nearby i Phone. The update included support for the Apple Watch, with the Apple Watch app on i Phone, providing App Store and configuration options access; Health with options for units of measurement; as well as lots of stability improvements and bug fixes. The update included emoji improvements, such as an updated emoji keyboard picker that organizes emoji into categories, new diversified emoji, and skin tone modifiers; new languages for Siri; support for wireless Car Play; as well as major bug fixes and improvements. The update introduced Apple Music and therefore overhauled the existing Music app with the Apple Music service.
Roughly a week after release, i OS 8 had reached 46% of i OS usage share.
In October 2014, it was reported that the adoption rate had "stalled", only increasing by "a single percentage point" from the previous month.
App updates in the release included the new Health app, which can aggregate data from different fitness apps, as well as enabling a Medical ID accessible on the lock screen for emergencies; support for i Cloud Photo Library in the Photos app, which enables photos to be synchronized and stored in the cloud; and i Cloud Drive, which lets users store files in the cloud and browse them across devices.
In i OS 8.4, Apple updated its Music app with a streaming service called Apple Music, and a 24-hour radio station called Beats 1. Critics praised Continuity and Extensibility as major features enabling easier control and interaction between different apps and devices.