iOS 8 is a major under-the-hood update, Apple provides no hint of a bigger iPhone

This is truly a fantastic update!


As expected, Apple(s appl) announced the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its annual WWDC event in San Francisco on Monday. In contrast to the major visual overhaul presented in iOS 7, this update is more subtle in its improvements.

While there aren’t a lot of new design changes, there have been major improvements to several areas which are less apparent: in particular, Apple has opened up several areas of iOS to third-parties that were previously off limits, including the keyboard and TouchID. Apple’s typically understated press release calls it the “biggest release since the launch of the App Store.”

The first thing users will immediately recognize is that notifications are now “interactive,” which means users can reply directly to them without leaving the app they’re in or the home screen. Double tapping the notification will also bring up a little floating head…

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