Apple held their annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) yesterday at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco where they were expected to reveal new software updates, and potentially the iPhone 6. As I scrolled through my social media feeds, reading various posts about the event, one person remarked, “Apple is back.” Though many rumors have circulated in the past couple of weeks detailing what Apple may unveil, many were still taken aback by what was shown.
The first part of the keynote presentation gave us a look into the next evolution of OS X: Yosemite.
This release is following their last release Mavericks, and brings about huge changes to the Mac ecosystem. The design has been updated to complement the iOS 7 look, including transparent layouts and tons of neat features. A new tool that has been aptly-named “Continuity” allows seamless connection between your computer and phone. If you need to continue an email on your Mac that you started on your iPhone it is now possible to do so, picking up exactly where you left off. Another handy feature allows you to use your iPhone’s cellular data as a personal hotspot… Without the need of a paid subscription for one from a data provider. They’ve also made numerous changes to other aspects of the OS. For example, users can now utilize a feature entitled “Markup” within the Mail application. This allows you to draw on pictures, and PDF documents within the application and send them off. Other small changes include a redesigned look for Safari, an improved Finder tool, and a new Today view in Notification Center. Apple has also introduced widgets into the Notification Center on Yosemite, making it even easier for users to get third-party notifications. These are only a handful of the features that will be included in Yosemite, and we can expect this free update to be available for free this Fall.
The next section of the keynote delved into a major update for not only general users, but for developers as well.
When I first heard the rumors of Apple announcing another iteration of iOS at this upcoming WWDC event I was in utter denial. I remembered my experiences with iOS 6 and iOS 7, and the two-year gap between them. I thought there was no way Apple would release another update so soon, but… I was proven wrong. Yesterday, Apple also unveiled its latest-and-greatest for its mobile software in the form of iOS 8. Speaking as an iPhone user who has a jailbroken device, iOS 8 seemingly shattered some of the need to jailbreak an iOS device. In iOS 8, users will find welcome additions such as quick reply to banner notifications, the ability to reply to messages using audio recordings or pictures/videos, and some massive changes to group messaging in iOS. Take this newly added feature called, “QuickType.”
This functions as a predictive keyboard, allowing your iPhone or iPad to recognize the way you type to certain people in various apps. It also recognizes what your friends are texting to you, so if a friend asks, “Do you want to go to a movie or dinner?” the phone will suggest words like “a movie,” or “dinner.” Speaking of keyboards, Apple has also given more power to the developers. Now, developers are able install their third-party keyboards into Apple’s iOS ecosystem. This has been a desired feature for quite some time, and Apple is finally responding. They’re also giving developers the ability to make use of their TouchID sensor in third-party apps, making for a greater experience. These are just a couple of examples on how Apple gave more power to their developers.
The conference was not only gathered to celebrate the achievements of their beloved developers, but also to mark a huge change in Apple’s software. It seems to many that Apple is always in a race to beat the other tech giants, but I think that their keynote tells another story. The seamless transitions between iPhone and Mac, the newly added features for everyday use, and the huge releases for developers: these are just a few of things that Apple unveiled that show they aren’t all about the competition. At their core Apple remains one of the world’s leading innovators in technology, and their hardware (as well as software) is reshaping the way we live and interact with one another.
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Watch this 10-minute recap from The Verge.