With the iPhone 6 stealing all the limelight since its announcement, many of its hardware features have already been recorded in great detail.
The new screen size, upgraded processor and TouchID improvements are all major additions, but what are the most exciting pieces of software set to be included thanks to iOS 8?
Luckily for you, we’ve drawn up a list of five brilliant new features that should get you eager in anticipation for the upcoming iPhone (as if you weren’t already!).
One of the most exciting pieces of software ever, Apple Pay is aiming to make your wallet or purse completely redundant by turning your iPhone 6 into a form of payment.
By inputting credit card or debit card details on the iPhone 6, either via picturing the card with the iSight camera or by entering the details traditionally, the handset will then be able to make payments using NFC (Near Field Communication).
All credit card information is kept completely encrypted when registering details, and when making payments the iPhone won’t actually use your card number, instead using a unique one time account set-up on the handset.
This means that all payments aren’t just secure, but if you happen to lose your iPhone, you won’t need to cancel your card.
Finally, with payments confirmed by fingerprint you don’t need to worry about anyone getting a hold of your phone and using it fraudulently!
Showcased back in the summer at WWDC, Health is Apple’s way of ensuring that you stay at the very peak of physical fitness.
Recording details like your heart rate (through the upcoming Apple Watch), blood pressure, sleeping patterns and diet, your iPhone 6 with iOS 8 is essentially a mobile physician.
Collecting all this data, the iPhone will display improvements and targets for you to meet, giving you the most detailed rundown of your physical condition short of actually getting a check-up with your GP.
Finally, the Health app also keeps all of your medical details in an easy to find section, pointing out any allergies, medications or conditions you may have, all once again protected by your trusty fingerprint.
What’s the key focus of any smartphone? Communication, and Apple hasn’t forgotten about this, improving its messages app with iOS 8 for a better than ever experience.
By implementing the new Quicktype keyboard, which can predict upcoming words in your message as if by magic, texts become faster and easier than ever before.
You can also include voice or video in your messages, as well as being able to point out your location to a recipient, ideal if you’re struggling to meet up with one another.
Finally, group chat is seeing several subtle improvements, firstly you can name a conversation which is a nice addition, and you can also mute or leave conversations if you can’t deal with all the messages.
An integral part of the iPhone already, notifications are seeing a massive improvement on the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.
Now, when you get a notification of a message or email you can reply straight away, without leaving the app you’re currently using, meaning we can multitask effectively on the newer operating system.
Similarly, calendar invitations, reminders and third-party apps can all be responded to on the fly, making iOS 8 one of the most inter-connected mobile operating systems on the market.
It’s something Apple fans have been wanting for a while, and it finally looks like we’re getting it on the iPhone 6.
The final feature in our list took plenty by surprise during Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement, and that was the introduction of Metal, making gaming on the mobile platform better than ever.
Using the iPhone 6’s much improved A8 processor; Metal has been supported by a number of game developers including the likes of EA and Ubisoft, both of whom are huge names on the gaming market.
Metal enables graphics on games to be far better than on older handsets, creating an experience not too dissimilar from the latest console offerings, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus with its larger display.
With the introduction of Metal, iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 could spell the beginning of true mobile gaming which until now has lagged behind console offerings.
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With these five great features, it looks as though iOS 8 on the iPhone 6 is going to be the best yet, adding never before seen features alongside improved areas of previous instalments.
Written by Luke Hatfield