Posted June 3, 2014 by Greensuper in Technology

iOS 8 Brings Key Features for the Turf Industry

Yesterday, Tim Cook and Greg Federighi took to the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to introduce the next big thing.  Touted as “If you own an Apple device, today changes everything.”  Traveling the world providing technology workshops and consultation, I get a lot of, “Can I do this?” with my iPhone or iPad.  As great devices as these are and as great of an ecosystem Apple has created, it is a closed system.  Compared to Android an open and segmented operating system, Apple chooses to stay closed for one very important reason….SECURITY!

We’ve already got iOS 8 running on our devices and see tons of value to the turf industry.  Here is a run down of iOS 8, due out in the fall of 2014, and a few those features that will benefit us.


This great feature released in iOS 7 was fantastic but limited to sharing between iOS devices only.  Coming this fall with OS X Yosemite, also introduce yesterday, and iOS 8 you will now have the ability to AirDrop files between your iPhone/iPad to your Mac Desktop or laptop.  This is big.  You can quickly shoot videos now and quickly send them to your desktop for editing purposes if you chose to.  At a conference?  Airdrop documents to those you want to share with.

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This is a BIG one!  Until now families had to share one unified iTunes account to avoid having to pay double for songs, apps, books, movies, etc.  Talking to one Superintendent at GIS this past year, his iTunes library included albums from Justin Bieber to ACDC.  Movies from My Little Pony to Break Bad.  Apple has FINALLY come up with a solution and a good one…Family Share.  Families can now creat independent iTunes accounts and share six of them across the new Family Share feature with Apple.  What connects these accounts together to allow you to share….a credit card.  To ensure in-app purchases remain under control, you can set parental controls to have adults approve any in-app purchase.  This comes with a simple on screen notification

Mail App Annotation

If you wanted to annotate a document in the past, you would have to save the device, open in another application, save it in that application, reshare with Mail and resend.  Apple has made this extremely easy now with Mail annotation. If you received a contract or other document that needs signing, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite allow you to annotate documents directly from inside the Mail application.  This is great and will also save you lots of room on Cloud storage services.


Sending large files has always been difficult when sending via email.  Most mail servers will not permit you to send files over 5mb.  If you attempt it it will be rejected.  This was always a problem when I wanted to send photos to someone.  With new MailDrop for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite your large email files will be sent to a recipient via a link for them to download, bypassing sending through their mail servers.  This will also save all of us precious space on our Cloud Storage services, as in the past I would have to load files on Dropbox and send recipients a link to download.  Apple will allow you to attach files up to 5 Gigs, which is huge!  All of this works seamlessly regardless of your system, i.e.. Windows, Android, etc.

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Many times I will start typing an email only to need to finish at a later time.  That involved saving as a draft and then fishing for the draft again either on my mobile device or desktop.  Apple has created Continuity now.  Your devices are smart enough come iOS 8 and Yosemite to realize what you are working on and allow you to simply stop on one device and pickup on another…that easy!  No saving. No drafts.  Just stop on your iPad and start back up on your desktop.

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 9.31.26 AMiMessage – New iMessage

Apple has now fixed the issue of messaging folks out of the iMessage ecosystem.  Come iOS 8 you can now message people using regular SMS and have that threaded message across all your mobile devices.  Messaging a fellow turfie on your iPhone…you can now continue that conversation from your iPad or Desktop.  iMessage is also bringing audio messaging.  You no longer have to type out Messages.  Just hit the speaker button, talk your message and send.  This is great for those of us in the trenches and not able to type.  iMessage has some other fantastic new features including Do Not Disturb, Media review and Self Destruct for audio files.

iCloud Drive New iCloud Drive

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 9.39.16 AMOne area Apple was lagging behind was cloud storage service.  The new iCloud Drive has been announced which will have me moving away from Dropbox quickly.  Your mobile device will now finally have a file repository that lives in the Apple ecosystem and will work the way it should on your iOS device.  The cost is much cheaper than Dropbox with 200 Gigs at a mere $3.99 per month.

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 9.40.51 AMPhotos in the Cloud – New Photos

I consistently ran out of room on my iOS devices and photos were always the cuprite.  Two years ago Apple introduced iTunes Match which allowed you to store up to 25,000 songs in the cloud and stream them to your device.  This allowed anyone to keep their entire iTunes library with them all the time without using really any storage space on the device. Apple has now created a solution for your photos with Photos in the Cloud.  With iOS 8 and Yosemite coming in the fall, you can now store ALL your photos in the cloud making all your photos accessible across all your devices.  This service also will free up space on your device, not needing to store photos physically on the drives anymore.


There are lots of more features to both of these operating systems, we have just scratched the surface. As we work through both Beta systems on our devices, we will provide some videos on both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in the future.

Have questions….hit us up on Tech 911.  We would be glad to help!


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