Apple’s iOS 8 finally available for download on all iPhones starting 4S and up

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Apple on Wednesday launched iOS 8 to the public just 2 days ahead of the iPhone 6 release, making the free upgrade available to all users who have an iPhone 4S or later, the fifth generation iPod Touch, or any iPad released from the second generation on.

Initially announced at the company’s WorldWide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in June, the new software has been hailed as the biggest iOS release yet and is likely to be downloaded by millions of iPhone users.

iOS 8 is now available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes. Go to Settings->Software Update on your iOS device to update right now. Naturally, iOS 8 will come pre-installed on Apple’s new iPhones, the 6 and the 6 Plus, when they are shipped beginning September 19.

Apple’s latest software includes new photo editing tools, support for third-party keyboards, interactive notifications and WhatsApp-style messaging. Some specifications are specific to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus including Apple-Pay.

Although we’ve covered majority of the new features in our previous articles, here are a few highlights.

Third-party keyboards

iOS supports third-party keyboards. In other words Apple won’t limit users to its default keyboard. You can switch over to third-party keyboards like SwiftKey or PopKey.

Interactive Notifications

With iOS 8, you can reply to texts, emails, accept calendar invites, tweet and send Facebook messages without leaving your current app.

Spotlight

Apple has improved its spotlight tool, which promises to be better and faster. The tool displays Wikipedia snippets, suggested websites, content from iTunes and App store, local Movie times, and more based on your search queries.