How to Get the Most Out of iOS 8

{By Kyle Griesinger}

So iOS 8 came out last month and with it came a host of new features and updates. You’re probably wondering how to get the most out of it. Well I am here to tell you just that! As InsideOut’s resident geek, naturally I had the iOS 8 Beta and have been playing with it for months. So here are all of the best new features and how to take advantage of them!

Safari Extensions & Share Cards

My favorite new feature in iOS 8 is the ability to add extensions to Safari. There are some great alternative browsers out there the problem is that they are often slower than Safari and more unstable. So for now we’re pretty much stuck with Safari. But with the new extensions feature that’s not such a dismal fate.
Extensions add features and functionality to Safari. Share Cards add more sharing services in all of iOS but it is most useful in Safari. Some of the must have extensions are LastPass, Pocket, Pinterest, and Evernote.
  1. LastPass – Are password managers. They replace the ‘save password’ feature that is in most browsers. The best thing about LastPass is that you can install it on your desktop browser and it will sync all of your login info between devices and browsers.
  2. Pocket – Pocket is my favorite ‘read it later’ service. It lets you save almost any web content for later, it also reformats said content into a simplified and easy to read version.
  3. Pinterest – Pinterest does what you would expect it to do, it makes it easy to share images from Safari on Pinterest. (Suggestion: setup Pinterest in safari and share this post.)
  4. Evernote – Evernote works just like the Evernote Web Clipper works in your browser. It lets you save articles to Evernote with notes.
Installing a safari extension or share card is really simple, Just click the share button, scroll to the left, click more, turn on the extension or share card, and range it where you want in the menu.

Alternative Keyboards

In iOS 8 Apple added the ability to use alternative keyboards. Some of the better offerings include Fleksy, Swiftkey, and Swype. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Each has its own approach to the keyboard experience.
  1. Flesky uses a standard typing method but uses gesture for things like spaces and punctuation. Overall it speeds up your typing with minimal learning curve.
  2. Swiftkey uses a standard typing method but speeds up your typing with ultra smart predictions. It also offers the ability to type by swiping between keys however it’s not as accurate the next option
  3. Swype specializes in swiping between keys. It can drastically speed up your typing, especially with one hand, but it does have a substantial learning curve.
To install a new keyboard download it from the App Store then open settings> general> keyboard> keyboards> add new keyboard.

Notification Center Widgets

One of the features that has been missing from iOS 8 is the ability to add more widgets to notification center. From more detailed calendars, calculators, and weather apps there are all kinds of great widgets popping up on the app store. To add widgets go to the today screen in notification center, scroll to the bottom, and click edit.

Group Messaging Options

Apple has finally created a solution the most annoying part of texting, the dreaded runaway group text. You know what I am talking about somebody texts a bunch of their friend to wish them a merry christmas and someone responds trigger 47 who is this messages and hours annoying phone buzzes. Well now you can leave group messages by clicking details in the top right corner of the conversation.