Yesterday around 11:oo pm Apple kicked off its WWDC 2014 with the future of iPhone, iMac and developer tools. The most important things for everyone one of us is the future of OS X, iOS 8 and the developer tools that brings awesome experience into to life. This is the rare event happens once a year. Its where Apple developers, Apple fans come to and listen to Apple talks about everything it’s bringing to customers and developers.
Well, beyond the expectation Apple did not announced about the sorts of hardware. This time the event was software focused show where the new version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 were announced. Apple brings the user experience of desktop and mobile closer together for the people. The new programming language, Swift, which will now replace Objective-C should enable to create some awesome powerful new apps.
Below are the highlights from the event.
OS X Yosemite
This latest version of OS X includes a total design inspired by its mobile design, iOS. The flat design, translucent panels, and absence of gradients and textures can be found throughout OS X 10.10, lending a much more modern look to the desktop operating system.
HANDOFF SYNCS WORK ACROSS DEVICES
Handoff is a new feature of OS X that helps you share work across devices. You can start an email on your phone and your Mac will prompt you to finish it there, for example
AIRDROP BETWEEN IOS AND MAC
You can now share files between mobile devices and Macs using AirDrop. Previously, you could only share between mobile devices or between Macs.
You can now use your phone’s cellular connection as a Wi-Fi hotspot more easily. Yosemite will automatically find your phone and allow you to start using the connection with a couple of clicks.
SMS AND PHONE CALLS ON ALL YOUR DEVICES
Yosemite enhances iMessage to include SMS messages as well as the texts sent through Apple’s proprietary service. You can also now send and receive phone calls from your Mac.
Apple now lets you respond directly to messages from the Notifications view and lock screen, no longer forcing you to go into the full Messages app.
A STRONGER SPOTLIGHT
Spotlight’s search powers have been drastically expanded beyond the apps and contacts you already have on your iOS device. It will now show you everything from movies and songs available on iTunes (with corresponding ratings), to movie showtimes at nearby theaters, to Wikipedia articles and Maps entries.
KEYBOARDS GET POWERED UP
The new feature, called QuickType, can even answer questions for you. Apple says it does this by “learning” your typing habits and does so while respecting your privacy. Finally bowing to years of requests, Apple now lets you install and use third-party keyboards by default across your iOS devices.
MESSAGES GETS AUDIO AND VIDEO CHAT
The updated Messages app allows for quick audio and video messages, self-destructing messages, and temporary location sharing, among other features. It’s also getting a much-requested feature: the ability to remove people, including yourself, from busy group-message threads.
iCloud Drive is fully integrated into iOS 8, allowing you to open documents from one app inside another compatible app. You’ll also be able to access files from your Mac that have been saved and synced through iCloud.
HEALTHKIT CENTRALIZES YOUR HEALTH INFO
iOS 8 includes HealthKit, an app for tracking personal health and fitness data. HealthKit provides an easy-to-access hub where iPhone owners can monitor important health metrics on a daily basis, and also step back to examine their fitness trends over a longer period of time. HealthKit will integrate with third-party apps and institutions including Nike and the Mayo Clinic.
Family Sharing is a new feature that will let up to six members of a family share iTunes purchases across devices, as long as each account is linked to the same credit card. Family Sharing also enables the sharing of calendars, reminders, photos, and Find My Friends locations across devices. And it lets parents approve or deny purchases made on their childrens’ devices, making it more difficult for kids to run up large bills from in-app purchases.
A BRAND-NEW PHOTOS APP
Apple is finally trying to free your photos from their silos inside each device you own. The new Photos app in iOS 8 lets you view and edit images across your various iPhones and iPads, preserving the latest edits from one device to the other. 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 99 cents per month, 200 GB for $3.99 per month. Apple said it would provide up to a terabyte of storage at even higher cost. Unfortunately, the same functionality won’t make its way to the desktop until at least 2015.
SIRI IS NOW HANDS-FREE
iOS 8 also taught Siri some new tricks. Shazam integration will let Siri ID any song in earshot, and it can dim your lights or turn up your thermostat through the new smart home framework. There are backend changes too, like streaming voice recognition and improved language support, but the big news is that you’ll be able to call up the program without even touching your phone. Just say the words “Hey, Siri” and it’ll appear automatically, similar to “OK, Google” in Chrome.
For the developers
Today’s news for developers was surprisingly compelling, thanks to a brand-new programming language, a move into the smart home, and new tools for letting apps interact with one another on iOS.
SWIFT: A NEW LANGUAGE
Apple announced the creation of a new programming language: Swift. Said to be significantly faster than Objective-C, Swift represents the future of development across iOS and OS X. To enable developers to keep working on their existing apps, Swift code can live right besides C and Objective-C code in the same app.
EXTENSIONS, WIDGETS AND INTER-APP COMMUNICATION
Long requested, Apple is finally catching up to Android and Windows Phone and giving apps on your iPhone and iPad the ability to talk to one another. This is no small feat, as up until now, iOS apps have been “sandboxed,” or effectively cut off from one another, which meant that moving your files and information between apps on the same device was cumbersome at best. Now with extensions, Apple will let third-party apps share the information you choose. So if you want to apply a VSCO Cam photo filter to a photo you just took, you can do it directly within the main Photos app, instead of opening VSCO Cam separately. Apple is also introducing widgets for Notification Center, letting you pin apps like eBay and Pinterest directly on the Notifications View instead of having to open those apps separately. This makes Notifications Center far more useful, providing you a lot more information that you want at a glance.
LET YOUR IPHONE CONTROL YOUR HOME
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.
Via The Verge