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iOS 8 Release Details

iOS 8
Source: apple.com – iOS 8

The iOS 8 is an operating system designed and developed especially for iPhone and iPad by Apple from 2014 to 2016. The system was released on September 17, 2014, and was preinstalled on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod touch 6th Generation, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3.

iOS 8 incorporated significant changes to the operating system. It introduced Continuity, a cross-platform (Mac, iPhone, and iPad) system that enables communication between devices in different product categories, such as answering calls and replying to SMS on the Mac and iPad.

Continuity includes a “Handoff” feature that lets users start a task on one device and continue on another. Other changes included a new Spotlight Suggestions search results in a feature that provides more detailed results; Family Sharing, where a family can link together their accounts to share content, with one parent as the administrator with permission controls; an updated keyboard with QuickType, providing contextual predictive word suggestions; and Extensibility, which allows for easier sharing of content between apps.

Third-party developers got additional features to integrate their apps deeper into the operating system, including support for widgets in the Notification Center, and the ability to make keyboards that users can replace the default iOS keyboard.

App updates in the release included the new Health app, which can aggregate data from different fitness apps, as well as enabling a Medical ID accessible on the lock screen for emergencies; support for iCloud Photo Library in the Photos app, which allows photos to be synchronized and stored in the cloud; and iCloud Drive, which lets users store files in the cloud and browse them across devices.

In iOS 8.4, Apple updated its Music app with a streaming service called Apple Music, and a 24-hour radio station called Apple Music 1.

This software got the last update (8.4.2) on December 12, 2016, and later has been replaced by a newer version of iOS 9. Today iOS 8 is 9 years old!

iOS 8 Details

ReleasedSeptember 17, 2014 – 9 years ago
Last Software UpdateAugust 13, 2015 – 8 years ago
Time of Support330 days (10 months)
Original PriceFree
System RequirementsiPhone 4s
iPhone 5
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPod touch 5th Generation
iPod touch 6th Generation
iPad 2
iPad 3rd Generation
iPad 4th Generation
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
iPad mini
iPad mini 2
iPad mini 3
Apple TV 3rd Generation
DistributioniTunes
Over-the-Air
Apple TV Software Update

Versions of the iOS 8

VersionsBuildRelease Date
iOS 8.012A365
12A366
September 17, 2014 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.0.112A402September 24, 2014 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.0.212A405September 25, 2014 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.112B410
12B411
October 20, 2014 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.1.112B435
12B436
November 17, 2014 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.1.212B440December 9, 2014 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.1.312B466January 27, 2015 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.212D508March 9, 2015 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.312F69
12F70
April 8, 2015 – 9 years ago
iOS 8.412H143June 30, 2015 – 8 years ago
iOS 8.4.112H321August 13, 2015 – 8 years ago

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