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  • Four Major Features of iOS 8 That Aren't Ready Just Yet, Might Be a Good Idea to Wait


    While we know it will be hard for some of you to resist the temptation of wanting to upgrade to the new iOS 8 mobile operating system for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that Apple released to the public Wednesday afternoon, there are a good number of features in iOS 8 that aren't ready for the prime time, and it might actually be a good idea to wait to upgrade.

    There are four very major features of iOS 8 that some of you won't even be able to use just yet. Some of the features are unavailable because they require more than just iOS 8 on one of your devices, and some of the features are unavailable because Apple has decided that there are too many bugs to let the public use them just yet. In this post, we will go over four of the major features of iOS 8 that just aren't ready yet.

    1. Continuity

    One of the biggest features that shipped with iOS 8 was Continuity, a feature that makes it so that you can answer SMS messages and Phone Calls from your other iOS devices and even your Mac. It also allows you to begin one task on your iOS 8 device, and hand it off to your Mac so that you can continue it on your Mac.

    This is a great feature, and we look forward to using it, but at this point in time, you can't answer SMS messages or Phones Calls from your Mac you can only answer iMessages and FaceTime calls from your Mac, and you can't yet hand off tasks from your OS 8 device to your Mac. This is because this feature relies not only on iOS 8, but also on your Mac to be running OS X Yosemite, which is not out to the public yet it's still in its Developer Preview and Public Beta stages.

    Since OS X Yosemite isn't even available to the public yet, you won't be able to use iOS 8 to answer SMS messages or Phone Calls on your Mac just yet and you won't be able to hand off tasks to your Mac just yet. This will not work with OS X Mavericks. You will have to wait until October when Apple actually releases OS X Yosemite to the public to take advantage of this feature, which really leaves those who upgraded to iOS 8 yesterday with an unusable feature at this point in time.

    2. iCloud Drive

    Another one of the large features of iOS 8 is iCloud Drive. This is an upgraded version of iCloud that every iOS 8 user will have the ability to upgrade to once they install iOS 8. Once you do it, there's no going back. It allows you to store documents in iCloud from your applications and access them from any of your iOS 8 devices or OS X Mavericks machines. Any changes you make in the cloud will be saved across all of your devices through iCloud Drive.

    iOS 7 users cannot use iCloud Drive to access these files and use them like iOS 8 users can, and neither can OS X Mavericks users, as it requires iOS 8 or Mac OS X Yosemite to use iCloud Drive to its fullest potential.

    This is another feature that requires you to be running all iOS 8 devices and all Mac OS X Yosemite machines. If you upgrade to iCloud drive too soon and you still have iOS 7 devices and Mac OS X Mavericks machines, you're setting yourself up for a really frustrating time, as the features of iCloud and iCloud Drive are not compatible with each other.

    This is yet another reason you should wait until at least the public release of OS X Yosemite, some time next October, to upgrade to iOS 8.

    3. HealthKit

    HealthKit, another one of the major features of iOS 8, is not yet ready for prime time. Apple just recently publicly announced that HealthKit and its features would not be ready until the end of September due to some unexpected bugs.

    HealthKit is a new feature of iOS 8 that lets you keep track of your health over time, such as monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate, weight, and other bodily features.

    All of the developers out there that had just released HealthKit-compatible iOS 8 applications in the iOS App Store were notified by Apple that their applications were pulled from the App Store and that if they would remove the HealthKit functionality from their applications, the applications would be accepted in the iOS App Store once again. The other alternative for these developers is to just wait until the HealthKit bugs are resolved before re-submitting the applications again.

    So, if you were looking forward to using this application to help yourself improve your health, you may want to wait until after September when Apple gets this problem resolved before upgrading to iOS 8.

    4. Apple Pay

    Apple Pay is about the last major iOS 8 feature that we can think of that isn't quite ready just yet. Apple notes that Apple Pay will be available in October, which isn't here yet.

    Apple Pay uses the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus NFC (Near Field Communication) chip, along with Touch ID verification to make it so that you can pay retailers using a digital payment method instead of having to physically pull out your credit card and swipe it.

    The feature isn't ready yet because a small number of retailers across the world will actually be taking advantage of the feature. 220,000 retail stores are going to support the feature in coming months, but that still doesn't make the feature feel like something that can be used anywhere and everywhere, so it's really kind of ahead of its time and doesn't make or break the upgrade to iOS 8, or the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus for that matter, since it's limited to those devices only. Most of your retailers, on the other hand, still accept a credit card that you can swipe manually.

    With that being said, Apple Pay isn't really ready for prime time just yet either.

    You can watch our video explanation of why these features aren't ready just yet below:



    There are still plenty of features of iOS 8 that are ready for the public, like third-party keyboards, high-quality Metal gaming, interactive notifications, and much more. So will you be upgrading to iOS 8?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Four Major Features of iOS 8 That Aren't Ready Just Yet, Might Be a Good Idea to Wait started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. isCasted's Avatar
      isCasted -
      Do u need a mac for continuity? I was thinking of just getting an Ipad SOON and using continuity between the ipad and my iphone 5. I prefer windows over mac, computer wise.

      I prolly wont get an Ipad until I see the new Ipads Apple is rumored to release.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Lol. Here are 4 features that you wouldn't have in iOS 7 anyway, so wait on upgrading....

      Oh sure, there's a slew of other new features that aren't in iOS 7, but these 4 should sway you to wait. Lol

      This is just a silly post.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by isCasted View Post
      Do u need a mac for continuity? I was thinking of just getting an Ipad SOON and using continuity between the ipad and my iphone 5. I prefer windows over mac, computer wise.

      I prolly wont get an Ipad until I see the new Ipads Apple is rumored to release.
      A Mac is required (or another iOS 8 device) – and more specifically, a Mac with OS X Yosemite.

      Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
      Lol. Here are 4 features that you wouldn't have in iOS 7 anyway, so wait on upgrading....

      Oh sure, there's a slew of other new features that aren't in iOS 7, but these 4 should sway you to wait. Lol

      This is just a silly post.
      There are other reasons too. It's the first release, and therefore the most buggy. These are just some of the most sought-after features that aren't available yet, and therefore, if you were waiting for them, you might as well wait.

      Others will wait because they want a jailbreak.

      Others will wait because they have an iPhone 4s and don't want the buggy installation.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      A Mac is required and more specifically, a Mac with OS X Yosemite.
      From what I recall, you can get SMS and answer phone calls on your iPad from your iPhone.
    1. isCasted's Avatar
      isCasted -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      From what I recall, you can get SMS and answer phone calls on your iPad from your iPhone.
      This. Im not goin to go out and buy a 1200 $ pc for an ios feature.

      I just want to get sms, calls and use iWork between my iphone and the ipad imma get soon.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      From what I recall, you can get SMS and answer phone calls on your iPad from your iPhone.
      Well, yeah, that is true. I misunderstood the question and answered it as if he was asking if you needed a Mac or a PC.

      If you want to use it on your computer, you need a Mac, because this won't work with Windows.

      But yes, it will work across iOS 8 devices too.
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      Took me a few hours to figure out that the Handoff feature requires bluetooth to be on and the source device needs to be awake still when you pick up the 2nd device to continue the work.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Prolly not. JB iPhone 5 will stay JB. iPhone 4s will stay on iOS 7. My iPad 3 maybe in the future, not now.

      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      From what I recall, you can get SMS and answer phone calls on your iPad from your iPhone.
      YTH would I answer a phone call on an iPad?!
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      So if you're on your ipad and your phones across the room, it gives you that luxury...

      I'm actually happy about this feature especially on my Mac...
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      I wish I didn't update my retina mini to ios 8. It's buggy and some features behave oddly. Some banner notifications require a Preem of the home button which gets annoying.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      I wish I didn't update my retina mini to ios 8. It's buggy and some features behave oddly. Some banner notifications require a Preem of the home button which gets annoying.
      Yeah, had to set up iOS 8 for someone and there are a bunch of bugs and weird, stupid quirks with the new OS.

      If you're jail broken on iOS 7 do not upgrade yet. It's going to take a couple patches to iron this out.
    1. jw154j's Avatar
      jw154j -
      Hey, I found an AWESOME app for continuity on the Mac. Continuity Keypad
      It's FREE, and it gives you a dialer that you just, well, dial. It connects to back end of FaceTime on the Mac and asks if you want to call. It WORKS, as long as you have Mac OS 10.10 and iOS 8 (Wi-Fi only required, NO BLUETOOTH!)

      Thanks,
      @jw154j

      Jason Whitaker

      iPhone 6 (4.7") arriving today!!!!
    1. Abbaroc's Avatar
      Abbaroc -
      Quote Originally Posted by isCasted View Post
      This. Im not goin to go out and buy a 1200 $ pc for an ios feature.

      I just want to get sms, calls and use iWork between my iphone and the ipad imma get soon.
      Save money and buy an iphone 6 plus
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Its not just a new device and OS, its an ecosystem.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by isCasted View Post
      Do u need a mac for continuity? I was thinking of just getting an Ipad SOON and using continuity between the ipad and my iphone 5. I prefer windows over mac, computer wise.

      I prolly wont get an Ipad until I see the new Ipads Apple is rumored to release.
      Yes, Continuity already works, and works with iPad. I was watching a movie the other night when my wife called, and I was pleasently surprised to find the call showed up on my iPad when I was using it. I was able to answer without putting down my iPad and digging into my pocket for my phone. I didn't even know it worked that way. I thought it was only with a Mac!

      I didn't try handing off the call to my iPhone. I'm not sure if/how that works.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      My question about continuity is this:

      What if you iphone is in sleep mode and you want to make a call off your ipad, will it still work?

      I ask because I have a program called remote messages which is similar, but if my iPhone went into sleep mode, it wouldn't work on my Mac because it used wifi to connect of each other...
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      So far iOS 8'sucks. It's really buggy and drains the battery. Wtf.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Can't wait for the 8.1 slogan... "All the features we promised to be in iOS 8, now in 8.1 along with jailbreak prevention!"