Apple has finally released iOS 8, the latest version of its operating system, for free to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The company has assured that the latest iOS 8 update is a significant step away up from iOS 7.
You can grab the new update through an over-the-air update accessible by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If you don’t want to download the update wirelessly due to a limited or restricted data plan, you can also download the update by connecting your phone to the latest version of iTunes.
A series of kernel flaws, several WebKit bugs and a pair of vulnerabilities that allowed a user to install apps outside of the App Store have been patched in the new release. The major flaw patched in iOS 8 is a problem with the way the Operating System implemented 802.1x. In some cases, the flaw could enable an attacker to steal a user’s WiFi credentials.
iOS 8 brings significant changes to the functionality of the Apple devices that support it. The latest version introduces HealthKit, a hub for third-party fitness apps to get information about your health, and Family Sharing, which lets you share iTunes purchases, calendar information, and messages with a group of people.
iOS 8 also introduces improved Notification Center widgets, a Spotlight search function that lets you search inside apps, and the ability to install third-party keyboards such as Swype, among other features.The iOS 8 update pack requires an astonishing 5.7GB of free space to install on an iPhone and 6.9GB on an iPad
Once the next version of OS X is released, likely next month, iOS 8 will allow you to sync phone calls, files, and SMS messages between iOS 8 devices and Macs.While many are heralding the era of a kinder, gentler Apple, those cultural changes have yet to extend to the security community.