WWDC 2014 Recap: OSX Yosemite and iOS8

As expected, the major announcements of Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developer’s Conference Keynote (WWDC) were a new version of OSX, Yosemite, and iOS8. Both of these will be free, and will be available in the Australian Spring. No new hardware announcements were made.

As expected, the major announcements of Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developer’s Conference Keynote (WWDC) were a new version of OSX, Yosemite, and iOS8. Both of these will be free, and will be available in the Australian Spring. No new hardware announcements were made.

 

Key features from OSX Yosemite include:

  • A complete redesign, taking visual cues from iOS7
  • iCloud Drive, similar to Google Drive and OneDrive, but integrated straight into the Mac operating system
  • The ability to receive and send non-iMessage text messages straight from Messages
  • The ability to make and receive phone calls on your Mac
  • AirDrop between OSX and iOS is now available
  • Users can seamlessly interact with iOS devices, picking up where they left of on the other. For example, an email being written on an iPhone or iPad can be instantly continued on a Mac.
  • A mobile hotspot can be started straight from a Mac, without having to even touch an iPhone

 

Key features from iOS8 include:

  • Widgets: Apps will now be able to share data to Notification Center in the form of a widget.
  • Extensibility: Apps will now be able to interact with one another. At a basic level, this could mean an app like Bing could make it’s translate function available straight in Safari.
  • QuickType: Predictive typing suggestions
  • Health: A new application that provides centralised fitness and health information, based on information pulled from Fitbit, Nike and Jawbone fitness devices, among others.
  • Family Sharing: Makes it simple to share photos and lists with family, as well as any iTunes purchases made on the same credit card. Supports up to 6 users.
  • Improved text messaging that includes expiring photos, videos and audio messages, along the same lines as SnapChat.

 

Another key announcement was Swift, a new programing language specifically designed to simplify app development. Developers in the audience were very receptive to the news. 

 

Check our live blog for the minute-by-minute rundown, and you can be sure CyberShack will further coverage through out the day. 

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