Apple is going to release a new version of iOS next week. This will be a free upgrade for almost every iPad and iPad mini the company has introduced, as well as recent iPhones.
Many users are frustrated that the iPad hides its file system from users. With iCloud Drive, all files stored on an iOS and OS X device will automatically be uploaded to an online service where they will be easy accessible.
With Continuity, users will be able to begin working on an email on their iPhone and finish it up on their tablet. It will also show SMS messages sent to an iPhone on an iPad, and allow tablet users to answer calls coming to an Apple phone.
iOS 8 will allow up to six individuals who all share a single credit card to access each other’s apps, books, music, video, etc.
Apple is also lowering some of the barriers between applications, allowing them to directly communicate and more freely interoperate.
Not surprisingly, many of the standard applications that come bundled with Apple’s devices are getting enhanced. The Mail app will make it much easier to flag messages or mark them as unread, while the Safari web browser will show sites open in the background as thumbnails rather than tabs.
For more information, be sure to read What iPad Users Have to Look Forward To in iOS 8
When it’s released on Wednesday, Sept. 17, the newest version of this operating system will be compatible with the iPad 2 and every tablet Apple has released since, including both generations of the iPad mini. However, not every model will support every new feature.