When iOS 8 releases in the fall, it will bring with it a new, easier way to keep in touch with friends, family and business associates. Introduced in iOS 7 was a new way of multitasking, providing a new card view that showed active applications in their current state. This provided a window in the status of each app, which was much more useful than app icons. To accomodate the card view and show a useful number of apps per page, the apps are scaled down. As a result, this leaves space at both the top and bottom of the display. Apple’s looking to enhance the multitasking view by adding access to contacts you’ve recently communicated with and your favorites.

Access favorites multitasking

At the core of any smartphone is phone and messaging device. Anything you can do software perspective to improve that function is going to help users. iOS 8 makes getting to people easier than before. In most cases, it won’t even be necessary to open your Phone or Messages app.

How to access recent and favorite contacts in iOS 8

Access to recent and favorite contacts is one the more useful features in iOS 8. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Double-tap on the home button to bring up the multitasking window.
  • All the people you have recently communicated with will be neatly listed in a row across the top, just above cards.
  • If you swipe to the side, you’ll gain access to all of your favorites.
    • Favorites and recents multitasking iOS 8

      When you tap on a favorite or recent caller, it will bring up a series of four icons. These will allow you to make a phone call, send a text message or use either FaceTime audio or video. No more wasting time in the Phone or Messages app.

      Call, message, FaceTime

      Multitasking is going to make it easy to find and contact. This is just one of the many features in iOS 8 that showcase the refinement of iOS 7.