The tech giant announced iOS 8 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, unveiling new features. Apple has made some rolled out improvements in iOS 8 to the iMessage app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The most-used iPhone app is now getting an upgrade that will ease a lot of the headaches our need for constant communication forces us to deal with daily.
You can now add video or audio messages inline, like many of iMessage’s cross-platform competitors such as Viber, Kik and WhatsApp. You can now easily send photos, video or audio messages by placing your finger on the camera icon and releasing it. Users can play the media from within the message thread by pressing the “play” button or simply raising the phone to their ear, which also works straight from the lock screen.
You can now provide a name your conversation, add or remove people, turn off notifications, or even leave the conversation altogether. In addition, group messages have received numerous improvements, including Do Not Disturb, the ability to name conversations and add or remove people from the group chat. Simply toggle the feature on and you will no longer receive notifications from that conversation.
Apple has a “Find my Friends” app in the App Store to share your location with your friends, it looks like the company just added this feature directly into iMessage. Locations can also be shared, and can be chosen to be shared for a certain amount of time a day. Beyond all the new iMessage features, Apple also announced SMS messages can be sent from a phone to a Mac, too.
The Tech gaint at the same event with a wide array of new features, including new “Interactive Notifications,” iMessage upgrades,a new desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite was also announced. Its an update to the software used in the company’s desktops and laptops. A new programming language, Swift, is also announced that that can work alongside the standard Objective-C to make apps faster to code and faster to run.
As for a release date, Cook said both software updates will be released to the public in autumn this year. Apple will also be launching out the iPhone 6 at around the same time, and the device is likely to debut the new software.