Apple’s WWDC was jam-packed with announcements about iOS 8 and Apple’s new programming language, Swift. Due in the fall, there are some big new headlining features, but there are also plenty of little features and enhancements that iOS fans didn’t get to see on stage. Here are 12 of them.
How does Yosemite stack up with Mavericks?
Yesterday, on stage at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference conference in San Francisco, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi unveiled the latest iteration of the Apple desktop operating system, Yosemite. Yosemite continues Apple’s evolution toward marrying the functionality of the desktop operating system, OS X, and the company’s mobile operating system,iOS—but without actually merging the two into a single system. Here’s how Yosemite compares with its predecessor OS X Mavericks, released last summer.
Dan LaCivita from digital agency Firstborn picks three highlights from Apple’s WWDC that should make brands and digitally inclined creative companies prick up their ears.
REMEMBER, IT’S A CONFERENCE FOR CODERS. SO WE DECOMPILED TODAY’S NEWS.
At its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference today, Apple introduced significant upgrades to its desktop and mobile operating systems, moved into the connected health and smart home spaces, and introduced a new programming language that will speed up the your app experience.
The keynote is aimed primarily at programmers, and even the most consumer-friendly announcements today could leave many feeling downright bored. You can receive a phone call on your iPhone and answer it on your Mac, which becomes a speaker phone. There’s a cloud-based storage system similar to Dropbox or Box, and it will archive all of your photos. And several other small but useful changes that will come to your iPhone and desktop later this summer.
But for programmers today offered a bonanza. A new programming language, Swift, will let developers make apps faster and more powerful. Changes to the App Store, including a list of trending apps and video previews, fix that nagging discoverability problem. In all, the software developer kit (SDK) for iOS 8 offers more than 4,000 new APIs to play with, including HealthKit and HomeKit — which will speed the development of connected health and smart home apps.
Here’s a scannable look at what Apple announced.
Following the lead of iOS, Apple’s desktop operating system says goodbye to Lucida Grande, and hello to Helvetica Neue.
Ever since Tim Cook took over at Apple, analysts have been calling for the Next Big Thing, a category redefining product like the iPhone or iPad. Today onstage at the Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled new software for iOS 8 that gives us some rather prescient breadcrumbs concerning where the Tim Cook era is headed.
“Another needless-to-say-takeaway from WWDC: developers are damn smart. I feel like I’m in my college astronomy class all over again right now.”
iOS 8 will be available as a beta today. Complete version coming in the fall.
If you missed any of our liveblog coverage of today’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, you can read the transcript here.
Jan Koum is the CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp.
“You can now get at your family members’ iTunes purchases, with permission.”
Craig Federighi rejects a phone call from his mom on his Mac during his demo. Instead, Federighi calls Dr. Dre on his Mac. "What time should I show up at work?" (around 9 a.m.)
“You can store your own files in any sort and organize them however you wish with folders and tags and they’re synchronized automatically across your Macs. What the heck? We’re throwing in Windows too.”
Craig Federighi on iCloud Drive
"You wouldn’t believe how much time we spent crafting a trash can." - Craig Federighi on OS X Yosemite
Tim Cook takes the stage at WWDC.
Outside of Moscone — Apple branded the building for WWDC 2014
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Photo by Fast Company’s Alice Truong