Interested in all the changes to Messages, outside of the “just deliver my messages in order” department? Scott Hurff has put together a fantastic overview of all the changes within the application, lending some clarifications to how much has changed and exactly what “self-destructing” multimedia messages means.
We’re just going to direct you to his article, there’s no point in re-hashing it all here.
Hurff’s comments on Messages shows just how much iOS 8 is a “Snow Leopard” approach to the mobile operating system. Under the hood updates, and iterations to UX features culminated in what’s become iOS 8. It’s exactly what was needed for the platform.