September 2014 was a good month for Apple – not only did they unveiled two new phones, but they also launched their highly anticipated new operating system: iOS 8. It was no coincidence that the new operating system came out along with the new phones, as certain features in the OS are designed to take advantage of the bigger screens offered the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with. As expected, apps that would take advantage of the bigger screens and new features present in iOS 8 didn’t take much time to hit the App Store. Here are six apps that make the most out of iOS 8.
One of the most awaited features by the iOS community was the ability to change the default keyboard the operating system comes with. In iOS 8, Apple finally introduced this feature, and developers were anything but shy to take a shoot at the new option. Minuum is the result of such an attempt, and it’s safe to say it’s one of the most successful. The app is designed to offer a fully-customizable keyboard to replace the stock one, its highlights being the ability to choose whatever color you prefer, and adjust the size of the keyboard as per your taste. Coming with a wide array of customization options, Minuum is a must-have if you want to take control over the way your keyboards looks.
PopKey is an app that uses a different approach to keyboard customization. If you’re an Internet addict, chances are you’re familiar with memes, and maybe a bit sad that you can only use them while on your PC. The developers of PopKey heard your frustration, and came up with a solution to bring memes to your phones. PopKey offers a wide collection of animated GIFs to choose from, giving you a new way of expressing yourself when texting with your friends. Say goodbye to long and boring messages, and welcome the era of GIFs and memes.
If PopKey doesn’t cut it for you, and you actually like writing lengthy messages, TextExpander can be a worthy companion. TextExpander is a keyboard loaded with one very precious feature: it allows you to create customized short-codes for phrases or snippets of text you use most often, and use them afterwards in your messages, browser or pretty much any other place that uses text input. With TextExpander, you won’t have to type your most-used expressions or catchphrases over and over again – they’ll be available by typing a single code word. Is that awesome or what?
FitPort is a health app designed to keep track of your daily activity. Designed to integrate with iOS 8’s Health app and the iPhone 6’s new motion processors, FitPort can track steps, walking and running distance, cycling distance, flights climber, calories, body fat percentage and many other parameters that will allow you to know exactly if you got your daily dose of sports or not. The app comes with a friendly interface and an easy-to-follow graphing function that gives you a good overview of you performance over a certain period.
Taking into account the efforts the engineers at Apple put into enhancing the camera in the new iPhone 6, using it on the auto settings is almost a blasphemy. The Manual app allows you to take control over exposure, focus, white balance, ISO, shutter speed and various other settings, and capture the perfect photo. While it may take you a while to get used to making all the settings yourself, once you finally do, you’ll never want to go to auto mode again. If you’re a photography enthusiast, the Manual app is the app that will transform your iPhone into a DSLR.
Evernote is one of the most popular organizing apps out there, and it just got an awesome update for iOS 8. The whole point of Evernote was to provide you with an easy way of creating lists, taking notes or snapping pictures, and it did a fairly good job at it. However, thanks to iOS 8’s feature that allows interactive widgets to reside into the notification center, you can now do all the above mentioned tasks directly from the Evernote widget there, without even opening the actual app. Everything you ever wanted in Evernote is now literally one swipe away.
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