iOS 8 vs iOS 7 Walkthrough: What’s New in iOS 8

If you want to see what’s new in iOS 8 you can see the changes in our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough. This is a comparison of iOS 8 and iOS 7 on the iPhone and iPod touch.

This iOS 8 walkthrough shows the new iOS 8 features, small visual changes to the new iOS 8 update. We’ll show you how they compare to the older software you are used to.

The iOS 8 release date arrived on September 17th, and after a rough week of installing iOS 8 the process is simpler now. The iOS 8 update is free and available for the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina and the iPod touch 5th generation. You may not want to update the iPad 2 or iPhone 4s. You will also find iOS 8 on the iPhone 6, but it ships with the phone, not as an update.

Check out our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough to see the new iOS 8 features coming this fall.

Check out our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough to see the new iOS 8 features coming this fall.

You’ll notice in this iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough that the new iPhone update does not look much different than iOS 7. Apple made big changes to the look and design of iOS 7, and with the iOS 8 release we see enhancements and features added that include small visual changes, but the bulk of the update is focused on adding new features.

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After looking through the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough you’ll notice that Apple is adding a lot of new iOS 8 features to make messaging better, track your health and manage photos. It’s also very clear that Apple is catching up to Android in some areas with a better keyboard and other changes that former Android users will love.

Read: How to Upgrade to iOS 8

For this iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough we are using an iPhone 5s on iOS 8 beta 5 and an iPod touch on iOS 7.1.2. Apple released iOS 7.1.2 this summer to fix many issues, but there are still some lingering problems. At this point it looks like users will need to wait for iOS 8 to fix any remaining iOS 7.1.2 problems.

You can click on any of the images below to jump to a specific iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough slide and see how that section of the software compares. The iOS 8 screenshots are on the left, and iOS 7 on the right.

iOS 8 vs iOS 7 Walkthrough - Home Screen

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iOS 8 vs iOS 7 Walkthrough - Home Screen

We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

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We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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Comments

  1. Chuck says

    Overall I am not happy with the 6 plus.. I intend on taking it back to my cellular carrier before my 14 day grace period ends.. Apple should not release product when there are still this many issues( the biggest to me being i cant use any wifi, i am better off using 3g) very dissapointed and will never buy another apple product again.. Android is leaving apple in the dust

  2. Robert Arnzen says

    You can no longer delete a part of a message string. Delete All seems to be the only option. Why?

  3. Anonymous says

    Press and hold a message than select “more…” you will be able to delete any message inside a string.

  4. GSOH says

    best typo – I don’t think paying for apps makes you a god!

    iOS 8 brings Family Sharing, which lets users share apps, music and movies purchased with other members of the family. Just add them and then use the same credit card across the accounts and you are god to go.

  5. Dorkovitch says

    Guess you got lucky with your experience. Mine has been horrible. Took the 8.0 update on my 5s without any issues. Saw all the issues with 8.0.1 so skipped that and applied 8.0.2 because it “fixed” all the reported problems others were having only to have them now start on my phone. Phone has been a useless paperweight ever since then. WiFi drops constantly, flipping over to LTE all day long and skyrocketing my Cellular Data consumption. Battery is draining considerably faster as a result. Had to turn off Cellular Data for all of my Apps to curb the problem, rendering them useless half the time. The only thing that temporarily fixes the issue is rebooting the phone which is SO convenient. No acknowledgement from Apple this is a problem. STAY AWAY FROM THIS UPDATE LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

  6. Michaelson Richard says

    Great comment. Glad I read it because I was seriously considering upgrading my 5S to the 8.2 software. Now I’ll wait.
    Thanks Dork

  7. Zamad says

    This new software update iOS 8.0.2 really disturbed everything in my iPhone 5s. Everything slowdown and I am not able to do any thing properly what a bad software I experienced ever in iPhones. I would suggest do not shift from iOS 7 to iOS 8

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