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25 hidden iOS 8 features you really need to know about

Published Nov 7th, 2014 12:14PM EST
iOS 8 Features
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IOS 8 has been out for more than a month now. In fact, we already saw Apple release its first major update to the platform last month when iOS 8.1 brought bug fixes and a few new features such as Apple Pay. But as long as some of us have been using iOS 8 — and we say “some” of us because there are still millions of people who can’t update their devices — there are still plenty of new features we don’t know about. Apple packed in so much new functionality that it’s impossible to find and remember it all.

Of course, we regularly provide compilations of good iOS 8 tips and tricks to help people get the most out of their iPhones and iPads, and now we have a new list to share.

FROM EARLIER: 10 cases that will protect your iPhone 6 without ruining Apple’s gorgeous design

The Guardian on Friday put together a list of 25 hidden iOS 8 features that are definitely worth sharing. Not all of them are exactly “hidden,” and we have covered many of them on BGR in the past, but each and every function listed is useful and it’s nice to have them all in one list.

For starters, did you know that you can create an emergency health ID card in Apple’s new Health app? It’s as easy as tapping over to the Medical ID tab in the app and filling out your critical data.

There are also several great tricks for iOS’s new camera app. For example, tapping on the display and dragging up or down will manually adjust the exposure. You can also easily recover photos you accidentally delete and hide risqué images from your photo stream.

iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 let users send self-destructing messages as well, and shortcuts make it easy to send a selfie in just one second.

Want to learn about all these tricks and more? Follow the link below in our source section.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.