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June 10, 2014

Five major new features in iOS 8

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- — Sharing and App Store: For parents and families, sharing just got a lot easier. Apple will let families more easily share albums, multimedia and information about their purchases, a direct response to the criticism that Apple makes it too easy for kids to make purchases behind their parents' backs.

The new sharing feature includes an option that lets parents set a requirement that kids ask for permission before they make a purchase on the App Store,

"Parents can now share appropriate content among family members," said Jonathan Godfrey, president of the Association for Competitive Technology, an app developers trade group. "Using the Ask to Buy feature, parents can ensure children get their permission first before downloading free or paid content."

Mail: Have you ever been in the middle of composing an email and realized you needed to go back into your inbox to see something? In the past, you've had to save the draft of the email you were writing, go back into your inbox and then reopen it later. Now you'll be able to swipe down to pause your active message, go about your other business and return whenever you want.

Apple also made some changes to its keyboard, offering better predictive text, so that the phone will suggest smarter words for you as you type -- a feature Apple calls "Quick Type." Apple also said that it will begin allowing third-party keyboard applications to run on iOS -- a great boon to companies, such as SwiftKey, that make custom keyboard apps for Android but have been shut out of Apple's traditionally closed-off system.

Siri: Apple glossed right over this in the keynote, but there are a host of new features coming to Siri, including the fact that the assistant app will now respond to the voice prompt, "Hey Siri." The feature will also identify songs playing in the background, thanks to a partnership with the music identification service Shazam, and will be able to purchase iTunes content for you.

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