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WWDC 2014 Rundown

Apple held their annual developer conference where they announced OS X Yosemite & iOS 8.  Tim took the stage and talked about how iOS & Mac users love their devices and then introduced Craig Federighi to talk about OS X.

OS X

  • OS X Mavericks has 40 million installs, thats over 50% of Macs
  • Windows 8, shipped in 2012, only has 14% install base
  • 3 new features in Yosemite - Interface, Apps, Continuity 
  • Video showing off new OS
  • UI redesign, follows the path of iOS 7, lots of translucency 
  • Dark mode for the dock and menu bar
  • Notification center gets Today view from iOS, and interactive app widgets
  • Spotlight now front and center, pulls info from the web, not just your system.
  • Shows recent documents from apps you are searching for
  • iCloud Drive - access iOS documents
  • Mail drop - send large attachments, up to 5GB, and have a link delivered to the recipient to download
  • Markup - Sign and write on documents and images
  • Safari - unified bar now includes spotlight
  • New tab view - birds eye view of open tabs
  • Improved video playback
  • Scrollable tabs

Continuity 

  • AirDrop now works iOS to Mac
  • Handoff - start a document on your mac, pick up where you lefty off on your iOS device
  • Instant hotspot - Your mac will see your iPhone and automatically connect to the hotspot feature, no configuration required
  • SMS & Phone calls on your Mac & iPad
  • Available in the fall as a free upgrade
  • Public beta in the summer

iOS

  • 800 million devices sold
  • 130 million were to "new to Apple" customers
  • iOS has customer satisfaction of 97%
  • iOS 7 is installed on 89% of eligible devices compared to Android, KitKat only on 9%
  • No "Missed" tab in Notification center
  • Interactive widgets that work on the lock screen
  • Quick reply - never leave your app to respond to a message again
  • Access to recent & favorite contacts in the app switcher
  • Mail has enhanced gestures, swipe to flag, delete, mark unread
  • Can swipe an email you are composing down to view other messages
  • iTunes Radio is NOT a standalone app
  • Spotlight now pulls inform from the web - news, music, movies
  • Quick Type - predictive text entry - learns as you go and doesn't leave your device, context aware
  • Continuity on iPad & iPhone

Messages 

  • Groups can be named, muted, ability to leave when you want
  • Share location
  • Tap to talk - send voice clips with out having to use the voice memos app.  Can raise to play & record privately
  • Only stays on device for 2 minutes after you have listened so it doesn't take up valuable space
  • Improved image sharing - select multiple images

iCloud Drive - inter app document sharing, open, edit and save the original file

Enterprise - Improved MDM & security - passcode protected apps, auto reply for email, access to 3rd party document services - OneDrive, Box etc...

HealthKit - Centralized location for all of your health related data.  Info can be send to your doctor and they can immediately respond if its urgent.  

Family Sharing - Share photos, reminders, and media (apps/music/movies) with up to 6 users.  Must share same credit card.  Kids must get permission to make purchases.

Photos

  • Every photo will be available on every device
  • Search your photos by date, location, album
  • Improved editing
  • New photo app coming to the Mac next year

New iCloud Pricing

  • 5GB free
  • 20GB $.99/mo
  • 200GB $3.99/mo
  • 1TB plans also available

Other features coming in iOS 8

  • Hey Siri, Shazam with Siri, Instant burst mode, FaceTime Call waiting, Panoramic for iPad, Make purchases with Siri, Battery usage app, Wifi calling, Camera Timer, Streaming Voice recognition for Siri

AppStore

  • 1.2 million apps available
  • over 75Billion downloads
  • New explore section - breaks categories down into sub categories
  • Trending searches
  • Refined searching
  • App Bundles - buy multiple apps at a discounted price
  • App Previews - video demos of the app
  • TestFlight - Beta test apps

SDK

  • 4K new API's
  • Extensibility - inter-app communication
  • Interactive widgets for Notification center
  • Safari extensions - Demoed text translation from Chinese to English
  • 3rd Party keyboards
  • Touch ID API - unlocks from keychain - Apps never see your fingerprint
  • Manuel controls for Camera
  • Edit images in camera roll with 3rd part apps, never leaving camera roll
  • HomeKit - One location for all of your connected devices.  Secure paring, works with Siri
  • CloudKit - Provides cloud access to app on the client side, scales data & bandwidth
  • Metal - New graphics - 10X faster the OpenGL, console graphics on your iDevice
  • New coding language - Swift - simpler then Objective C
  • Beta available now, public release in the fall

Thats WWDC 2014 in a nutshell.  I am excited for the predictive entry, iCloud pricing, family sharing and quick reply.  Touch ID API is also a welcomed change. I can't wait to see what else is coming. What are you most excited about from WWDC??  Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below

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