There’s plenty of great new stuff coming in iOS 8. You’ll be able to remote control your phone from your computer to send text messages. There’s soon to be an army of new keyboard options. It’s a brave new world. But Apple didn’t even mention some of the best new features on stage. There are a wealth of little tweaks and additions Apple didn’t find the time to showcase on stage, but there are two that jumped out at us specifically. Battery usage by app: A feature that’s admittedly been in Android for a while, the ability to gauge which apps specifically are draining power is huge boon to anyone who wants to extend the all-too-short life of their trusty iPhone. Battery life is the most important spec, after all.
Separate focus and exposure for the camera: Instead of having to pick one object for your focus and exposure, you can now switch it up. Just pick your focus, and then slide your finger up and down on the screen to tweak your exposure manually.
Which of these little, hidden features turn out to be the best is something only time will tell, but there are definitely some wonderful nuggets tucked away beneath iOS 8’s surface.
Messages now lets you send your exact location.
Apple unveiled the new location sharing features in the stock iOS 8 Messages app. The location features allow you to send a one time message containing your current location, or you can establish location sharing for an hour, entire day, or indefinitely.