Installing the new OS on my iPad Mini
I am really not a hardcore Apple fan, but I am a self-confessed update whore. Maybe it’s the OC in me, but I have this sense of urgency whenever an app update is available, like I have to have it, RIGHT NOW. So, when the iOS 8 came out today, I just had to install it right away. Well, not really right away, because you see, I had to delete all my music first to free up some space before I could actually download the update. Because I didn’t know that to download the file, you’d need a total of 5GB of space. I wish I had read this article before downloading. It would’ve saved me a lot of trouble.
So what’s new?
Prior to installing, I had no idea what was actually in this update. So when it was done updating, I immediately looked for what’s new, sadly, there wasn’t many that was too obvious. But the first thing I noticed was a set of new icons: Tips and Podcast on the iPad, and an additional Health icon on the iPhone (along with the first two). I’ve not tried them at all, I guess I’m not really interested as I listen to podcasts using my laptop while I work, and maybe I’m a little interested about the Health one, but not as interested as to check it out today. It can wait. I found the Tips app quite helpful because it gave me information about what’s new in this update. So I guess after today, it won’t be as helpful? But who knows?
I also noticed when I went to my ‘open apps’ tab (aside from the open apps, duh) was a list of my recent contacts which is not very useful to me as I use KakaoTalk and Viber more than I use iMessage/Facetime.
What do I love?
Love is such a big word and quite frankly, it’s too soon to tell. But after trying a couple of things, I find the “Notify Me” feature quite useful. It’s an option in your email where you can set your device to notify you if someone replies to a thread. No more incessant refreshing of your inbox while waiting for a reply to an all-important email (because, yes, all normal, healthy, adult human beings do this)!
I also had a bit of fun playing “Name That Tune” with Siri. He was pretty great, scoring 4 out 5. But as amusing as that was, I don’t see how this feature could be of any use to me in the future, except maybe for entertainment.
Siri refusing to sing Enchong Dee’s Chinito Problems. LOL
I should be happy about the self-timer, but I rarely take selfies with my phone, so I don’t see any value in it. The pre-capture exposure editing is quite awesome though. I don’t take many pictures with my phone, (I have Scarlett and Luna for that) but it’s good to know that it’s there in case I need it.