You can read our overview here where it becomes clear that Apple is - as usual - picking up good ideas wherever they find them, whether it's from other devices, or from third party apps that were present on the App Store. While this isn't the best thing for developers of those apps which are now competing with Apple's own offerings, users do ultimately benefit as you get great features as soon as you turn on the devices for the first time.Here are our 10 favourite highlights from iOS 8:1. Health in the palm of your hand
At present, if you have a different health apps or devices, then the data they collect sits in its own silo, but the new Health app will - with the user's permission - get specific information from other apps and devices to more comprehensively manage your health.2. Snappy ways to chat
These features could be found in different apps, but integrating them into a single place sounds like a great idea.Apple says the new continuity features in Yosemite make Mac and iOS device perfect companions. When a user's iOS device is near their Mac, Handoff allows the user to start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. Instant Hotspot quickens the process of using the iPhone's hotspot.
SMS and MMS messages that previously only appeared on the user's iPhone now appear in Messages on all devices. Users can even send SMS or MMS messages directly from their Mac and make or receive iPhone calls using their Mac as a speakerphone.4. More choices, more communication
With Safari now getting more functionality, the need for third party browsers gets reduced, and while third party keyboards are now available, Apple's own keyboard has also been updaed with a feature called QuickType, which suggests words while you're typing and also makes suggestions for the next word, which are the kind of features you would have turned to a third party keyboard for in the first place.5. Family sharing
All the devices can be billed to the same registered credit card, and if you've flagged users as kids, they can't buy anything without the person, whose card is registered, getting a notification.6. Interactive notifications and widgets
Apple still hasn't made room on our home-screens for widgets, but you now have them in the notification centre. There are many ways in which this kind of development could be useful, which were highlighted by Apple itself, and we are excited about this. The only catch is that the notification centre has been getting pretty crowded, and we shudder to think of what it would look like if Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans get to post notifications.7. Goodbye Google
Perhaps more interesting is the addition of a private search option for Safari, integrating DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is a privacy focused search engine, which has been gaining prominence as a sort of anti-Google, as it does not track users or sell data to advertisers. Its audience is still very small, but native integration in iOS might change that.
8. Hey Siri
Siri and Google Now get compared pretty frequently, but this time, the comparison might be more reasonable. Apple has announced several new features for Siri, including an always-on, voice activated mode, that lets you use it by saying, "Hey Siri". Siri now includes more language support and Shazam song recognition, but perhaps more interesting is that you can now use it to buy iTunes content.
It might be some time still before this becomes useful to customers, as the ecosystem needs to fall into place, but it is a promising start.10. Taking over the cloud
Still, for people who don't use too many third party apps, iCloud Drive will be very useful. The service will come with 5GB of free storage, plus $0.99 per month for 20GB, and $3.99 for 200GB, which is pretty reasonable.
(Also see: 10 Big Changes in OS X Yosemite)