Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Apple WWDC 2014 Roundup

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference with OS X update, iOS 8, developer tools and a new programming language.

OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite has a refreshed and clean user interface. Introduction of translucent windows, absence of gradient, flatter and polished icons make OS X Yosemite look awesome.

The Notification Center lets you see your upcoming calendar events, reminders, and the weather forecast. Apple introduced universal Search tool called Spotlight. Spotlight lets you search for apps, files, settings & web search.

Apple also introduced iCloud Drive service, which lets you store files to the cloud. The iCloud Drive folder can be accessed from the Finder file browser.

Safari web browser now integrates better search results and has better multi tab functionalities. Clicking on the main search bar will also open up your favorite sites.

OS X Yosemite has great communication ability with iOS devices. Now, you can send text messages right from the Mac. You can even answer or dial a phone call from Mac even if your iPhone is not within reach.

Apple also introduced Handoff, a new feature of OS X that helps you share work across devices. For eg. You can start an email on your phone and your Mac will prompt you to finish it there. Or you can start a document in iWork and your iPad will suggest you continue your work there once you move away from your laptop.

OS X Yosemite is available to developers from today and public beta will be out this summer. The final public release will be out this fall and will be a free upgrade to existing OS X users.

iOS 8

iOS 8 was introduced with some cool new features such as improved actionable Notifications. Now you can respond directly to messages from the Notifications view and from the lock screen. You can also add third-party widgets to the Notifications Center.

iOS 8 also comes with a QuickType keyboard. As you type, the keyboard gives you words suggestions. It also learns your usage of words and suggest accordingly.

Messages app now lets you send audio and video recordings, and also allow you to mute message threads.
The iCloud Drive is fully integrated in iOS 8 and thanks to the Handoff feature, you’ll be able to access files from your Mac that have been saved and synced through iCloud.

The new photos app gives you the ability to view and edit your photos with variety of filters and effects. The photos are stored in your iCloud account, and Apple gives you 5 GB free of charge to start. But beyond that, you will have to subscribe for access: 20 GB for $0.99 per month, 200 GB for $3.99 per month.

Siri got some updates as well, you call up the Siri without even touching your phone. Just say the words "Hey, Siri" and it’ll appear automatically, similar to "OK, Google" in Android & Chrome.

Apple iOS 8 will be available to everyone this fall, while a developer Beta of the OS has been released today. Compatible iPhone devices include all models from iPhone 4s onwards.

Developer Tools

HomeKit will allow iPhones to start controlling smart devices, such as garage-door openers, lights, and security cameras. It all can be controllable through Siri: say, "Get ready for bed," and your home could automatically dim its lights and lock its doors. Apple will run a certification program for HomeKit; initial partners include August (which is known for its beautiful smart lock), Honeywell, iHome, TI and about a dozen more.

Apple also announced a new programming language - Swift. Swift represents the future of development across iOS and OS X and its code can coexist with C and Objective C's code in the same app.


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