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iOS 8 Hidden Features Video: Battery Usage By App, Hidden Photos, Siri Hands-Free, and More

Apple released iOS 8 to the public today, giving millions of users their first look at the new operating system. Along with all of the major features, like Continuity, Notification improvements, Messages upgrades, and the introduction of third-party keyboard/Touch ID access, there are also dozens of other minor tweaks and changes that have been introduced in iOS 8, both ahead of the OS's initial launch to developers and across the beta testing period.

Outlined in the video below are some of the most interesting and handy tweaks in iOS 8, including automatic credit card scanning, expanded weather options, quick access to contacts, a hands-free mode for Siri, hidden photos, and more.


We've been collecting and cataloguing minor feature changes to iOS 8 since the first beta was released, documenting the development of new features and providing a one-stop location for all the changes that have largely gone under the radar.

A complete list of all of the hidden features in iOS 8 can be found in our dedicated Hidden Features Roundup, which also serves as a way to see the progress iOS 8 made over the course of the beta testing period.

For example, in beta 4, Apple introduced a Tips app that offers iOS 8 users information about all of the new features in the operating system. Beta 5, meanwhile, added location information to photo collections in the Photos app, and beta 4 saw a Control Center redesign.

We've also compiled a walkthrough of all of the major features introduced with iOS 8, which can be found in our iOS 8 Roundup.


iOS 8 can be downloaded immediately for free. It can be installed on the iPhone 4s and later, 5th-generation iPod touch, iPad 2 and later, and the iPad mini.


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22 months ago

I know the file isn;t. But the OS needs 4.6GB of my 16(13.6) GB to do an update. I have to delete 30% of everything on my phone just to update...sigh More than slightly annoying.


I've seen at least a dozen of these posts today, but when people ask that Apple increase the base storage from 16 GB everyone is in here swearing up and down they don't need the increased storage.
Rating: 10 Votes
22 months ago
Battery usage by app? Oh man, I can't wait for the iPhone 6 threads breaking down battery usage to all of their 400 apps. Is my battery life still good? Angry Birds takes up like 47%!
Rating: 8 Votes
22 months ago
Looks like Android now.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago
Battery usage by app is something I've always wanted but have forgotten about until now. It's one of the things Android had that iOS should have had before.
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago

I know the file isn;t. But the OS needs 4.6GB of my 16(13.6) GB to do an update. I have to delete 30% of everything on my phone just to update...sigh More than slightly annoying.


You could update through iTunes if you don't want to delete anything.
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago

I've seen at least a dozen of these posts today, but when people ask that Apple increase the base storage from 16 GB everyone is in here swearing up and down they don't need the increased storage.


Not me buddy.. I ordered 128 and I think base should be 64 not 32!! The size of apps is higher photos higher. Hell I have 1.3 GB just in messages. 64,128,256 IMO
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago

Looks like Android now.

It actually looks a lot like iOS 7. But there are many enhancements.

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great update.

overall my phone feels a little more "premium" and durable in hand-- also seems to be a little more water-resistant. anyone else notice this?


I missed that. But I'm finding you strangely attractive, all of the sudden. Have you done something with your OS?
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago

Is it just me, or is hand-free Siri 100% useless? Who uses their iPhone or iPad while plugged in?


The idea is to use it while you are driving :)
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago

Those are definately good uses for Siri hands free but my point is you should be able to do all that without HAVING to plug it in. You don't have to with Google Now.

This is what will happen - next June, Craig Federighi will announce that you can now use Siri without plugging it in, all of Moscone Center will squeal with delight, and Android fans will point out that they've been doing that for 2 years. The more thjngs change, the more they stay the same.


I don't get the need to constantly compare iOS to android. This thread is about improvements to iOS. In what way is it relevant what android does or doesn't do (unless you're trying to make this the ten millionth thread on which os is better)?
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago

The idea is to use it while you are driving :)


I think this will be useful for me. I can be away from the phone in the room, doing laundry or something, and just tell siri to resume music or remind me of a task. Or while driving, with the phone in the holder, to listen up.


I use my iPod often with it plugged in. Usually all night long playing science audio books that I need to listen to dozens of times. It would be great if I could tell siri to rewind instead of opening it up and getting blinded by the light.


I use siri for setting timers while I cook. Will be nice not having to clean my hands before asking her. Will now also be able to have her do other things as well like start/stop music and skip tracks while I'm airplaying to my stereo. All things I do with it plugged in.


Those are definately good uses for Siri hands free but my point is you should be able to do all that without HAVING to plug it in. You don't have to with Google Now.

This is what will happen - next June, Craig Federighi will announce that you can now use Siri without plugging it in, all of Moscone Center will squeal with delight, and Android fans will point out that they've been doing that for 2 years. The more thjngs change, the more they stay the same.
Rating: 3 Votes

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