6 super-helpful iOS8 tricks you probably don't know about

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When we iPhone users download the latest iOS software update, the first thing many of us do is scour geek websites for lists of hidden, cool features. And sure enough, there are dozens of such lists already, because iOS8 is packed with helpful goodies. I've read nearly all of these lists, and below I've distilled what I think are the most useful hidden features — the stuff that gets lost behind the glamor of, say, enhancements to the camera app, widgets, intuitive keyboards, Continuity, and third-party app-sharing.

1. Automatic notifications for important emails. I've been using a different mail app for awhile because Apple's indigenous interface is frustratingly free of ways to organize what comes in. Now, it's gotten a bit better. One enhancement is the ability to designate a chain of emails as important with a tap of the finger in the subject line, which will automatically send replies to your email to the new notification window (where, also new, you can reply directly to it.) This will save time and help clear clutter.

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