Monday, July 21, 2014

What's New in iOS 8?

What's new in iOS 8 and what's the new iPhone going to be like?

These are questions we frequently get asked! Everyone wants to know what the new phone is going to be like. With the announcement last month about iOS 8 coming this fall, we are seeing a flood of rumors about the next generation iPhone which is expected to arrive at the same time. While you are considering upgrading, also take a minute to weigh what Apple offers with their AppleCare program for your iPhone and iPad. In addition to 2 full years of warranty for failure, defects and includes AppleCare technical support, this program covers accidental damage which is a really good idea to help protect your investment. Plus it costs less than an OtterBox or LifeProof case.


So what can we expect out of the new iPhone and what is going to be so great about iOS 8? We never know exactly what Apple has up its sleeves for the new hardware until the actual release of the product. We can get an idea of what’s to come by looking at the upcoming operating system though. 


Even if you aren’t planning on upgrading immediately, you will still be able to get the majority of the benefit with your existing device. iOS 8 will run on the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 5c and of course the new iPhone coming this fall. Ultimately, the way that it impacts you as user the most will be the way the new features benefit you.


Between now and the release of the new operating system, we will be showcasing a different upcoming feature and the benefits it offers. We want you to be ready for the exciting things coming this fall so that you can get the most out of the tools you use every day. 


This week, we are going to look at Family Sharing:


Family Sharing


With Family Sharing, up to six members of a single family can share their iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases, family photos, a family calendar, location and more. It’s the easy way to share and coordinate with the people closest to you and help bring harmony to your family’s digital life.

Setting Up Family Sharing

To set up Family Sharing, one adult in your household—the family organizer—invites up to five additional family members and agrees to pay for any iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases those family members initiate while part of the Family.You can accept a Family Sharing invitation from any compatible iOS device or Mac where you are signed into iCloud. Or, if the organizer is nearby, they can simply ask you to enter your iCloud Apple ID and password during the setup process. To complete setup, you will also confirm the Apple ID you use for the iTunes, iBooks, and App Stores so you can share your purchases with family members. This can be the same Apple ID you use for iCloud, or a different one.Once you join, the features of Family Sharing are set up on your compatible devices automatically.

Sharing iTunes, iBooks, and App Store Purchases

With Family Sharing, family members get immediate access to each others’ music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps, and can download them to their own devices any time they like. You can also choose to hide individual purchases so that other family members will not be able to view or download them.

Family Purchases and Ask to Buy

When a family member initiates a new purchase, it is billed directly to the family organizer’s account, unless the family member has gift or store credit sufficient to cover the entire amount. Once purchased, the item is added to the initiating family member’s account and shared with the rest of the family group. If Family Sharing is ever disabled, each member will keep the items they chose to purchase—even if they were paid for by the family organizer.To control spending by kids, the organizer can turn on Ask to Buy for any family member who is not an adult to require approval for any purchase or free download requests. When a purchase is initiated, a notification will be sent to the family organizer who can review the item and approve or decline the request right from their own device. It’s a great way to give kids the freedom to make their own choices while still controlling their spending.

Sharing Family Photos

When Family Sharing is set up, a new shared stream called Family is automatically created in the Photos app on all family members’ devices. Everyone in the family can contribute photos, videos, and comments to the stream, and get notified whenever something new is added. 

Family Calendar and Reminders

Family Sharing also sets up a new family calendar that is shared by all family members and appears in the Calendar app on everyone’s devices. Family members can view the calendar, add or modify events, and receive notifications and alerts to help everyone stay coordinated. They will also be able to use the Reminders app to set time- or location-specific reminders that will be delivered to everyone in the Family.

Sharing Your Location

When you join a Family, you will begin sharing your location with each of your other family members automatically. This allows you to use Find My Friends or the Messages app on iOS 8 to help you meet at a specific location, see when a family member is nearby, or just make sure a child is where they are supposed to be.If you need privacy, you can stop sharing your location temporarily by disabling the Share My Location switch in iCloud Settings. Or, stop sharing your location with specific friends or family members permanently by removing them from your location sharing list. 

Apple IDs for Kids

Children under 13 can also participate in Family Sharing. As a parent or legal guardian, the family organizer can provide verified parental consent for a child to have their own Apple ID, and create it on the child’s behalf. Once the account is created, it will be added to the Family automatically.Children enjoy the same features as other family members and, by default, have access to the same music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps. You can limit what content your children have access to on the devices they use via Restrictions on an iOS device or Parental Controls on OS X and iTunes. Ask to Buy is enabled by default for children under 13.