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Apple's latest operating system rolls out Wednesday afternoon

Tuesday afternoon, Apple's newest operating system -- iOS 8 -- will be available for users to download on compatible devices.

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Heather Records

CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Hot on the heels of the successful launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is set to release its latest operating system -- iOS 8.

The operating system will be available for download on the iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 2 or newer, the iPad Mini, the iPad Air and the iPod Touch 5. Apple lovers can start downloading the iOS Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm EDT.

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While it's not the huge overhaul users saw last year with iOS 7, there will be some major changes.

Here are a few of the highlights:

The biggest one will be on the onscreen keyboard. As users type a message or email, a list of suggested words will come up.

The Messages app has a new microphone icon. Just tap it to send a voice message.

Video and group messaging will be easier. You can choose to allow people to see your location for a period of time or indefinitely.

The Photos app will automatically sort photos into albums and comes with new editing tools.

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Apple says more features will come this fall to better link up mobile devices to Mac laptops and desktop. Those won't be available until an update for iOS 8 comes out.

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