The 5 Coolest Features Coming On iOS 8

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has unveiled the tech giant's latest software update at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. From fingerprint payments to a clever new keyboard, here's the features we're most excited to get our fingers on

1 | Your photos saved to The Cloud automatically 
A massive, cloud-based photo library is on its way. Every snap you take will be instantly taken up to The Cloud, so you can access them, and all your edits, from any device. You can also embrace your inner David Bailey with enhanced lighting and contrast features. 


2 | Control your lights and doors from your iPhone
HomeKit is a new developer tool that has been created to work with smart devices in the home. You might not have a fancy gadget to lock your front door, turn on your lights and control your heating yet, but when you do (come on 2020) you'll be able to use each of them in harmony via your phone. So you could, for example, tell Siri that you're going to bed, and prompt a response that shuts down the house for the night with one instruction. 

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3 | Your keyboard will know how formal you want to be 
Smarter predictive typing means your phone will recognise what app you're using to send a message – such as text or e-mail – and offer terms that fit the level of seriousness you're after. So iMessage might offer you 'see you later,' and Outlook 'yours sincerely.' Clever. 


4 | Fingerprints to replace credit card details 
Using your DNA to pay for things has been knocking about for a while, but now the iPhone's fingerprint scanner is being opened up to third party businesses. This means banks, shops and any other company you use your phone to do transactions with could replace passwords with your thumb. 

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5 | All your health apps synced 
'HealthKit' is the name for the iOS 8's new wellness dashboard, which will be labelled simply 'Health' on your screen. Monitor all your health and fitness data accrued from Fuelbands, sleep monitoring apps and calorie counters to give a comprehensive view of how your insides are ticking over. Slightly terrifying, we know.

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