WDDC 2014: OS X Yosemite and iOS8 announced

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Apple has made two big announcements at their WWDC 2014 event earlier today, Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS8. Both come with some new features to make both consumers and developers happy and show the future of Apple’s platforms.

OS X Yosemite

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The naming convention will stick until Apple has run out of places in California, starting with Mavericks, OS X Yosemite is the second in line and brings a new interface to the OS and apps and some new features and integration with iOS.

Apple is a fan of the flatter UI design, ever since iOS7 there have been rumors they would bring it to OS X. The UI does have some differences, but the translucent menus and flatter looks shows the direction Apple is heading.

iCloud Drive was the first announcement, coming to Mac, iOS and Windows. It will allow users to send files and folders across platforms similar to Google Drive. Mail Drive was the next announcement, allowing video and large file attachments to override the mail system prevention.

Markup is another new feature added to Mail, allowing users to doodle on images and sign on PDFs. This offers a new level of interactivity with mail and PDF documents.

Safari has been redesigned with some new touches to the search bar and optimisation for JavaScript. Spotlight has also been redesigned to feature Internet searches and people inside the searches, instead of just local files, folders and applications.

Continuity is the biggest announcement for OS X Yosemite, allowing users to switch between OS X and iOS in real-time, moving documents around and finishing them off in a different platform. This allows quick switches from iPhone to Mac.

The new Continuity feature also works on Messages, Phone Calls and can be used to leech Internet connection from the iPhone, in times where no WiFi can be found. OS X Yosemite will be free like Mavericks and will come in fall, with a live beta coming soon.

iOS8

ios8Apple also announced a new version of their mobile platform, iOS8. The update includes a good few new additions to the consumer side and a lot of new features to the developer side, including a new programming language built for iOS.

Starting off, Apple introduced new Notification Center, allowing users to respond to texts without switching apps. QuickType was introduced as a new predictive text system and works on contextual information, gathered from previous texts with the recipient.

Group Messages have been worked on and now offer do not disturb mode, leave thread and people can choose to show their location. A new Photos app was announced with a huge new level of customisation and editing to an individual photo.

HealthKit was a huge announcement and allows all third party applications that run on iOS to integrate with the iPhone Health app. This will work to show all types of health and fitness information and send it to third party apps that have permission.

Family Sharing was announced as way for families to share content and parents to stop their kid from installing apps and in-game purchases. This came alongside Apple’s aggressive push for cloud storage, dropping iCloud prices for $0.99 a month for 20GB and $3.99 a month for 200GB.

On the developer side, bundles are now available for developers to create and TestFlight allows developers to send out invites to beta test apps. Third party keyboards are available to download on iOS8 and other features, including widgets, can be defined in certain Apple apps.

Apple announced several new APIs for developers, including Touch ID for fingerprint sensors and security, HomeKit API allowing the iPhone to work as the central hub for smart home devices, CloudKit API for app developers to take away server side strain.

The final announcement was for a new programming language called Swift, based on Objective-C without a lot of the hassle and made for iOS devices. Metal is a new 3D graphics rendering tool which will take the place of Open GL|ES.

iOS8 will be available in beta today and to everyone in the Fall!