Even before Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) officially unveiled the iOS 8 at WWDC on June 2, we widely expected the company to borrow many important features from jailbreakers. Apple has stolen features in iOS 7 and the previous version, though the company never admits it. Many of the newest features in the iOS 8 first appeared through Cydia, says Redmond Pie. Let’s have a look at the features the tech giant borrowed from jailbreakers for the iOS 8.
Predictive keyboard and third-party keyboard support
The iOS 8 offers third-party keyboard support. It also has predictive typing feature for the QuickType keyboard that makes typing more personalized. But it’s not a unique idea from Cupertino. Jailbreakers have long offered Swype for the iOS. Even the brand new QuickType keyboard borrows heavily from SwiftKey like keyboard such as PredictiveKeyboard.
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Actionable app notifications
The key reason most people jailbreak is that they want to quickly reply to notifications from the lock screen. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new interactive app notifications are influenced by LockInfo, Auki, etc. Interactive notifications allow users to take actions on Facebook, text, email and other notifications without opening the respective app.
Rename your messaging threads
the iOS 8 will allow users to rename a messaging thread, another feature borrowed from jailbreaks like MessageRenamer.
Improved message integration between iOS 8 and Mac
iMessage was introduced with the OS X Mountain Lion to allow users to respond to a big chunk of their messages without using their iPhone. But it had some limitations and jailbreaks like Remote Messages capitalize on them. The iOS 8 has introduced SMS-via-Mac support with the Continuity feature. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has gone a step further to allow users to make or receive calls on Mac.
Instant access to recent contacts
Users can now access their recent contacts from the multitasking pane by simply double tapping the Home button. Before Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) officially included this feature, most users relied on a jailbreak tweak called QuickContacts.
Photo editing options
Before the iOS 8, the native Photos app hadn’t seen much improvement in recent years. It lacked editing features. So users would rely on third-party offering like Snapseed or the Rendarya tweak. But Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) learned something from these jailbreak features and provided a decent range of editing options.
TouchID for third-party apps
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has finally opened the TouchID fingerprint sensor to third-party apps. Cydia was already offering a number of jailbreak tweaks that enabled third-party app developers to use TouchID.