Top 8 Apps For iOS 8 – Custom Keyboards, Widgets, Touch ID And iPhone 6 Plus Compatible

Today, preceding Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch, I’ve created a detailed video (embedded above) to discuss iOS 8 and, more specifically, my list of the top eight iOS 8-optimized apps that utilize some of Apple’s new and more liberating developer APIs. To preface, with iOS 8 Apple has opened up an entirely new world for developers as they can now create apps that tie into Safari, the new Health app (which is reportedly bugged at the moment) and other apps, provided you grant them access.

Best iOS 8 Apps: Custom Keyboard, Widgets And More

Top iOS 8 Apps

But that’s just scratching the surface, apps can also add widgets to Notification Center, protect sensitive information using Touch ID without having any form of access to fingerprint data on the secure enclave, and even fully replace the default keyboard. It’s truly an amazing time to be a part of the iOS community!

Without further ado, in addition to watching the above video, the following list will ensure that you’re well on your way to enjoying the best of the iOS 8-updated apps that are currently available.

Touch ID API and iOS 8 Extensions

1. 1Password: As the name would suggest, 1Password allows you to secure all of your logins behind a single password. All stored credentials are encrypted and can be stored on iCloud or dropbox and, best of all, you’re the only one who can decrypt it using your 1Password. It’s also free for a limited time, previous prices for the app have gone up as high as $20, so don’t miss out, download it now.

Best Custom iOS 8 Keyboards

2. Swype: this is a paid keyboard replacement app – obtain it for free using FreeAppLife.

3. SwiftKey Keyboard: Another custom keyboard alternative is SwiftKey – however, it requires that you allow it access to what you type in order to provide the same functionality as Swype, which I don’t condone at all and because I value privacy. I prefer Swype.

Note: Enable custom iOS 8 keyboards by performing the steps outlined in the above video.

iOS 8 Notification Center Widgets

4. Yahoo Weather is a recently updated iOS 8 app that provides a nice widget if location services are enabled, but if disabled it continually prompts for access.

5. Sky Guide: For something a bit more robust the paid Sky Guide app offers a nice widget that displays the rise and set times for the sun, the moon and other planets in our solar system – it doesn’t appear to be entirely accurate for now. Expect an update soon.

iOS 8 Metal API for Games

6, 7 & 8. Several apps have been updated to make use of Apple’s metal API for iOS 8, which allows apps, namely games, to access more of the device’s SoC or system on a chip. Epic Zen Garden showcases what’s possible using metal, Asphalt 8: Airborne and Plunder Pirates look great on devices that are compatible with metal, the iPod touch is not one of them.

That’s it for today’s list – again, I recommend watching the above video in its entirety to ensure complete comprehension of every app mentioned, and linked to, above.

Stay tuned for complete coverage on iOS 8, updated apps and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – don’t forget to like us on Facebook for additional updates.