iOS 8 Review — Handz Studioz Goes in Depth (Part 1)

Update Screen
My first reaction to iOS 8: “Holy *beep*” OK, not really, but speaking of sound effects, one of the updates added the ability to send short audio messages through iMessage. That’s just one of many added updates, so in order to save time and keep posts shorter, the iOS 8 review will be split into two parts. In Part 1, we’ll look at all the features that were added in iOS 8, and then I’ll review the Messages (iMessage), Camera, Photos, and Mail apps, which were, of course, part of the update. In Part 2, I’ll review the remaining features and apps in iOS 8.

What’s new in iOS 8? A LOT:

  • The ability to edit .rtf (Rich Text Format) files in Notes
  • Tips App
  • Time lapse in camera, burst mode patches for front facing camera in iPhone 5s, panorama mode for iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display
  • A “Recently Deleted” folder in Photos (it’s like the Recycle Bin on Windows machines)
  • Safari updates such as different tab layouts
  • A much improved Control Center
  • A new keyboard, QuickType, which is basically just the Android keyboard, because now they added suggestions to a bar above the keys.
  • iCloud Drive
  • Believe it or not, improved battery life!
  • And more

So as you can see, iOS 8 was a big update, but you’re now probably wondering, “Can I get this on my iDevice?” Here’s a complete list of compatible devices from Evad3rs:

  • People had said the iPhone 4s would be dropped, but it is supported.
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini 2 (w/Retina Display)
  • iPod 5th Generation

Before you go to update, double check how much space left you have on your iDevice (Settings>>General>>Usage) because this is a big update. The download is 1.1 GB, and with the way Apple has it set up, it took me about 15 minutes to download at fairly good internet speed. The unpacking of it takes about another 30-45 minutes, and then the install takes about 45 minutes as well; this update takes a long time. I wouldn’t recommend starting it before bed, however, because you have to manually start the install after the downloading and unpacking is complete.

Now let’s get on with the review!
Messages
I really like the new iMessage App. The biggest hype about this has been the ability to send audio messages through iMessage. Personally, this isn’t the biggest deal to me, but it is pretty cool. Now the part that I really like is the integration with notifications. Now, when a notification of a message pops up at the top of the screen, you can just swipe down on the message to reply right there! This makes things SO much faster, and is definitely a pro from this update.

Mail
The Mail app didn’t change much, other than to add more features when you swipe a message to the left or right in your inbox. Swiping from right to left brings this up:
Swipe Right
and swiping from left to right brings this up:
Swipe Left
A bug that I’ve noticed in the app is with displaying unread messages. You know how it will say at the top, “Inbox (X number of messages),” right? Let’s say that you got two new messages. It would say “Inbox (2),” and then it would change to “Inbox (1)” after you read one message. However, in the iOS 8 Mail app, the number does not change until you open a different email. For instance, it would not say “Inbox (1)” until you open the second message. Likewise, it won’t just say “Inbox” until you open a message that you’ve already read. It’s not really a big deal, but it is annoying, at least to me.

Camera
The changes to the Camera app were diverse, depending on which model of iDevice they were applied to. The whole Apple lineup received a time lapse function that allows you to take those cool videos of clouds moving and things like that; they also received a self timer (3 and 10 secs) so that you can take family photos and the like. Beyond that, things are different for different devices. The iPad Air and iPad Mini w/Retina Display got the panorama feature added to their cameras, and the iPhone 5s apparently had a glitch that disabled burst mode for the front facing camera, which was fixed (I don’t have a 5s so I don’t know much about this glitch).

Photos
On to the last part of the review today: the Photos app. Photos got a major overhaul in the iOS update. Two new albums were automatically added the the Photos app: Recently Added and Recently Deleted. Recently Added holds all of your photos that were, well, added recently (imagine that!). Recently Deleted holds all of the photos that you recently deleted (that’s a deep thought!). It’s basically like the Recycle bin on Windows machines, except that it only holds pictures. The photos are kept for 30 days or until you delete them permanently. I think the same applies to the Recently Added album, but I’m not completely sure because I didn’t take any pictures from August 30 to September 5. iOS 8 also added better editing features to Photos, like light retouching, color balance, and degree of saturation (color VS black and whiteness of the photo).

So there’s Part 1 of the Handz Studioz iOS 8 review! If you enjoyed this post and/or found it helpful, leave a like, and please share this post! If you enjoyed this post, please follow Handz Studioz; it’s free and your information will never be shared.

Be looking for Part 2, coming out soon!

-The Editor

External links:
https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/
http://www.evad3rs.net/2014/04/ios-8-supported-devices-complete-list.html

View Page Source — For iOS!

One of the frustrations for me, being a coder and all that, is the inability to “View Page Source” of a website from my iPad. Today I’m going to show you how to fix this annoying issue — legally and completely for free, no hacking, jail breaking, or anything similar involved. It’s as simple as copy + paste!

Step 1: Go to any website, any website at all. For this demonstration I’m using Google.

Google

Step 2: Bookmark whatever website you’re using.

Bookmark Website

Step 3: As you bookmark the site, delete the name and change it to, “Show Page Source.”

Change Name

Step 4: Once you’ve saved the bookmark, go to your bookmarks tab and tap “Edit.”

Tap Edit

Step 5: Tap on your “Show Page Source” bookmark. Delete the URL and paste in the following:

javascript:(function()%7Bvar%20a=window.open(‘about:blank’).document;a.write(‘%3C!DOCTYPE%20html%3E%3Chtml%3E%3Chead%3E%3Ctitle%3ESource%20of%20’+location.href+’%3C/title%3E%3Cmeta%20name=%22viewport%22%20content=%22width=device-width%22%20/%3E%3C/head%3E%3Cbody%3E%3C/body%3E%3C/html%3E’);a.close();var%20b=a.body.appendChild(a.createElement(‘pre’));b.style.overflow=’auto';b.style.whiteSpace=’pre-wrap';b.appendChild(a.createTextNode(document.documentElement.innerHTML))%7D)();

(Be sure to copy the “javascript:” part!)
Then tap “Done.”

Paste In JavaScript

Step 6: Now you’ve saved the bookmark with this special JavaScript URL. Now go to any website (it can be the same as the one you used for the bookmark or different, it doesn’t matter). I’m going to use my website for this one.

Handz Studioz

Step 7: Go to your bookmarks and tap on the “Show Page Source” bookmark.

Tap Bookmark

Safari will open a new tab with the page source for whatever site you are currently on when you tap the bookmark.

View Source

So now you’re done. You only have to do this one time. From now on when you want to view the source of a page, simply visit the website and click on your “Show Page Source” bookmark.

Thanks for visiting Handz Studioz and be sure to follow to be notified of future posts! Check out the External Links section (below) if you want to see the site where I first heard about this tip!

-The Editor.

External Links and Credits:
JavaScript credit: Rob Flaherty
Original tutorial: http://appletoolbox.com/2014/03/how-to-view-webpage-html-source-codes-on-ipad-iphone-no-app-required/