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We’ll show you how to use the iOS 8 Hotspot and a handy new iOS 8 hotspot feature that lets you quickly connect your iPad to the iPhone and see important information like signal strength and battery life left on your iPhone.

All of the new iOS 8 hotspot features are the same on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and older iPhones. You’ll also see similar options on an iPad with LTE connectivity.

When you upgrade your Mac to OS X Yosemite in October you’ll also benefit from the new way the iOS 8 hotspot works. The same signal and battery life information shows up in the WiFi area which is a great way to see these important details if the iPhone is still in your pocket or a backpack.


Learn how to use the iOS 8 hotspot and what's new in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

Learn how to use the iOS 8 hotspot and what’s new in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.


Most plans support using the iPhone or iPad as a hotspot at no extra charge. You can try turning on the iOS 8 hotspot to see if it is included in your plan. If it is not you will see a number to call to turn it on. Make sure you know how much data your plan allows. Using the iPhone as a hotspot to connect portable gaming systems, iPads and laptops can use data faster than normal phone use.

A hotspot feature is not tied to a contract, so you can add it and remove it when you want. If you are on shared data it normally includes access to the iOS 8 hotspot feature.

How to Use the iOS 8 Hotspot

Here’s a look at what’s new in the iOS 8 hotspot and how you can use this great feature. Most of the iOS 8 hotspot features are the same as in iOS 7, so you’ll already be familiar with how to use it.


Turn on the iOS 8 Hotspot.

Turn on the iOS 8 Hotspot.


If you’ve never used the iOS 8 hotspot you need to turn it on before it shows up in the main settings screen. To do this go to Settings -> Cellular -> Personal Hotspot -> On. After you do this once iOS 8 adds a shortcut to the main settings menu for faster access to the iOS 8 hotspot settings and to turn the feature on and off.

All you really need to do is turn the iOS 8 hotspot on and then enter the password on the device you want to connect with and the devices will connect so you can start using it to get online.


Change the iOS 8 hotspot password.

Change the iOS 8 hotspot password.


The best thing to do is set up your iPhone hotspot with a hard to guess, but easy to remember password. Go to Settings -> Personal Hotspot -> Tap on Password -> enter a new password to change this. If you already connected you will need to enter the new pass code.

To see how much data you are using on the iOS 8 hotspot you can go to Settings -> Cellular -> Scroll Down -> Tap on System Services -> See Personal Hotspot data usage.

How to Change iOS 8 Hotspot Name

If you want to change the name of the iOS 8 hotspot you need to change the name of your iPhone. Go to Settings -> About -> Name -> type a new name. This changes the name your iPhone uses for syncing and what will show up on some Bluetooth connections as well.


Change the iOS 8 hotspot name.

Change the iOS 8 hotspot name.


That’s all there is to using the iOS 8 hotspot to get your other devices online. The new feature in iOS 8 is the ability to see the signal strength and battery life of the phone under the WiFi menu on another iOS 8 device or on a Mac running OS X Yosemite.

New iOS 8 Hotspot Feature


On iOS 8 devices and on a Mac with OS X Yosemite you'll see the signal strength and battery life of the device you use as an iOS 8 hotspot.

On iOS 8 devices and on a Mac with OS X Yosemite you’ll see the signal strength and battery life of the device you use as an iOS 8 hotspot.


The screenshot above show what this looks like on an iPad. You will see this on other devices and when the OS X Yosemite update comes next month you will see it on your Mac.

Just less than two weeks ago, Facebook started enabling their Photo Sync feature for a limited audience for testing. The feature allows users with iOS devices to have any photos they take with the device automatically uploaded to a private album on their Facebook account to help make sharing the photos easier than ever before. The way the photos automatically go to this album works a lot like Apple’s Photo Stream.

Today, Facebook users should begin seeing the banner above in their news feeds. Facebook has enabled the Photo Sync feature for all users, enabling them to join in on uploading their life to Facebook as it happens. You can tap “Get Started” to begin using Photo Sync, or you can tap cancel to opt out of using it.

Since the photos are uploaded to a private album on Facebook, no one will see the photos that are automatically uploaded until the owner of the Facebook account has a chance to choose the ones that are posted and the ones that are not going to be posted. It’s important to note that even though the photos in this private album aren’t being shared with your friends, they are still going to be stored on Facebook’s servers.

You will not find an update to the Facebook application in the App Store with the new Facebook Photo Sync feature included, as Facebook has managed to pack the feature into the current version of the Facebook application.

Sources: Facebook via MacRumors

iOS 6 is still in beta and more features are being uncovered as each day goes by. A lot of new features have been added that weren’t in iOS 5 – even some that were already present in the jailbreak community – and they’re going to make all iOS devices even more pleasant to use on a day-by-day basis. We recently showed you some major things that changed in iOS 6 and even things as small as the animated metallic volume knobs, but here you will be able to read about some of the smaller features of iOS 6 that will make it a hit.

So what other things can we look forward to in iOS 6?

1. Have Multiple E-mail Signatures

It’s finally here. Apple has received the memo that iOS users often have more than one e-mail for different purposes and that we need more than just one e-mail signature. With iOS 6, you can set a personalized signature with each of your e-mails that you have registered on your iOS device. The signatures will be automatically filled in when you start an e-mail and the signatures will vary depending on the e-mail you use. If you don’t have a use for separate signatures, Apple also gives you the option to have a unified signature like before.

2. A Retina Display Supported Shut-Down Spinner

That spinner we all know and love. We see it when we respring our devices; we see it when we shut our devices off. Unfortunately, it has never been beautiful to look at on retina display devices. Starting with iOS 6, you can see every pixel in exquisite detail as it spins ‘round and ‘round. It finally supports the retina display. It’s not a ‘feature,’ per se, but it is just one of those small details that adds to the great aesthetics of iOS 6 as a whole.

3. Hold Down On Safari’s Back Button to View A History

If you are navigating through a Web site with a ton of links that take you here, there, and everywhere, then iOS 6 brings you a simple feature where holding down on the back button will show you all of your steps in order so you can easily navigate backward the same way you went forward without having to move back one site at a time. This saves a ton of time and ensures that you get back to where you need to be without skipping a beat.

4. Copy and Share YouTube Links From the Native YouTube App

Even though Apple’s stock YouTube application is known for being almost featureless, boring, and unsatisfying, iOS 6 adds a much-needed feature to the application – the ability to share the link of the videos you watch. You can do so in the new iOS 6 sharing menu that we introduced to you from the Photos application. The YouTube sharing menu almost looks the same, but the options are different, of course, because the application is different and services different purposes than the Photos application does. With this tool, you can now share your videos on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites right from iOS by using the ‘Copy’ button.

5. SpotLight Shows the Folder Apps Are In

As another aesthetic feature that can be considered useful, especially if you have a lot of applications on your iOS device, Spotlight will now show you the folder that your applications are located in when they come up as search results. It appears on the right side of the application name, but tapping on the application will still yield the application being launched.

6. The Cool New Incoming Call Interface

As shown at WWDC, iOS 6 brings a new incoming call interface to iOS 6. The interface resembles that of both the iOS 5.1 Camera Grabber and also a jailbreak tweak known as EZDecline. It allows you to press either an answer or decline buttin instead of seeing a ‘slide to answer’ slider and pulling on the Phone Grabber will show you two new options – the ability to be reminded of the call later or the ability to send the person a message. For the reminder setting, you can choose to be reminded at a specific time or when you leave a location. For the message, you can customize up to three different quick messages from the Settings application and choose between them – alternatively, you can compose a custom quick message reply.

7. Advanced Privacy Customization

With last year’s outbreak of applications stealing personal user data without permission, Apple needed to create a tighter grip on the situation. With iOS 6, you can choose the applications that have access to your location, contacts, calendars, reminders, and photos. Obviously, certain applications need some of these items to function correctly, but when a game needs access to your location or photos, there’s definitely something wrong there. iOS 6 has you covered, alerting you every time an application wants access to something and letting you be the judge of letting it in or not. Tightened personal security? Good job Apple!

8. Home Button Speed Settings

If you have a troublesome home button, iOS 6 has a new feature that will allow you to slow down the necessary actions to launch the App Switcher, or open the triple-click interface. With this, you can press the home button at a slower rate that usual so that the home button won’t accidentally judge your double click as a triple click or your triple click as a double click.

iOS 6 sure looks shiny, doesn’t it?

This article was originally published in forum thread: Even More iOS 6 Spoilers – Cool Features We Didn’t Have Before! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post