After releasing the final version of iOS 7.1, Apple seems to be focusing on the next iteration of mobile operating system i.e. iOS 8 codenamed Okemo. If the recent pattern is to be believed, we will see the first glimpse of iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 in June.
However, we don’t have to wait until June as there have already been a lot of rumors and leaks about new features of iOS 8. A recent leak reveals the addition of two-three apps: Healthbook, Preview and TextEdit.
The Healthbook would be designed to collect user’s fitness information such as steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, etc. We can also expect a better role of the much-rumored iWatch to accomplish this. Interestingly, the leaked Healthbook icon seems consistent with previous rumors, which is identical to the icon of Passbook app, and certainly fits with the look & feel of the system.
Other OS X apps TextEdit and Preview wouldn’t be designed to edit PDF, images or text documents rather will be used to view files stored on iCloud from your Mac. This reinforces the idea of merging of two ecosystems, or at least make us work more comfortably and productively with OS X and iOS all together.
Further, the iOS 8 will also include a refreshed version of Maps app with better and more accurate information including the ability to get directions for public transportation. No need to remember the great failure of Apple Maps in iOS 6 due to the lack of reliability of map data. Over the time, the reliability has increased with the addition of the new sources to its database and users’ feedback. These improvements have been seen specifically in the U.S., but still way behind than Google Maps.