The new iOS 8 update iOS 8.0.1 that addresses issues affecting some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users is going to be released soon, according to a September 23 report in MacRumors. In fact, this iOS 8.0.1 update was in the works before iOS 8 was released to the public last week.
In just seven days almost 50 percent of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users have downloaded iOS 8, making this new version of Apple’s mobile operating system as successful as iOS 7. But like with any new software there are kinks in it. iOS 8.0.1 is designed to address these kinks.
Some of these kinks in iOS 8 concern iMessages, Wi-Fi speeds, visual voicemail, iCloud Keychain verification, AirDrop and Safari. For example, you might receive an iMessage that does not appear on your lock screen or you may not be able to see your visual voicemail or watch a certain video in Safari.
Because Apple has already released iOS 8.0.1 for testing, it is expected the iOS 8.0.1 will be released to the public soon. As with all iOS updates, iOS 8.0.1 will be a free download when it becomes publicly available.
Meanwhile, iOS 8 has some cool new features and exciting new capabilities which are a pleasure to use. One of the best new features in iOS 8 is the ability to use third-party keyboards. Among App Store downloads, third-party keyboards are hot.
Besides keyboards with letters that let you swipe rather than hunt-and-peck there are other types of keyboards. There are keyboards that you can customize like “Kiwi” and keyboards that let you convert letters to symbols and send upside-down messages like “Symbolizer”. For even more fun there are keyboards that let you send animated Emojis icons and keyboards like “GIF Keyboard” that let you send a GIF or sound message.
The “GIF Keyboard” (which hit the App Store yesterday) is especially interesting because it foreshadows the new form of messaging that Apple Watch is going to use. Why type text messages, when sending one picture says it all?
The free app “GIF Keyboard” lets you browse through categories and choose the perfect GIF (or video or sound) that expresses your message and then tap to send it through iMessage. For example, hungry and in the mood for pizza? Just sent a GIF of pizza and a question mark.
You can add GIFs that you see while browsing the web and add them to your GIF library. You can also customize your keyboard. Besides iMessage, this free app is compatible with Twitter, SnapChat, WhatsApp, Messenger and email. “GIF Keyboard” is a free download that requires iOS 8 or higher. This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.