As expected, Apple(s appl) announced the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its annual WWDC event in San Francisco on Monday. In contrast to the major visual overhaul presented in iOS 7, this update is more subtle in its improvements.

While there aren’t a lot of new design changes, there have been major improvements to notifications that users will immediately recognize. Notably, notifications are now “interactive,” which means users can reply directly to them without leaving the app they’re in or the home screen. Double tapping the notification will also bring up a little floating head to get access the person who sent you the message.

iMessage, which is the most-used iOS app according to Apple, has also received a lot of tweaks that eliminate annoyances. If you’ve ever been in a noisy group iMessage, you’ll discover there is no meaningful way to remove yourself…

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