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iOS 8: Explained

iOS 8 was announced by Apple at WWDC 2014 on June 2 and will become publicly available this fall. Major new features include Continuity, Extensibility, QuickType, Health, iCloud Drive, and Family Sharing, as well as major improvements for Photos, Messages, Spotlight, and more. If you want the highlights and all of our ongoing coverage, check out our iOS 8 super page. If you want a deep dive into just how exactly all of it works, check out the articles below!

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Isometric takes gaming podcasts to the next level

Isometric is a new gaming podcast featuring not only our very own Georgia but Brianna Wu, Maddy Myers, and Steve Lubitz as well. They're only 6 episodes in, but as should be apparent by the people involved, they're doing things not only differently, but interestingly, insightfully, and amazingly. If you want something other than the same-old gaming podcast, check out Isometric. You'll be ecstatic you did.

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iMore show 407 LIVE at 2:30 PT/5:30 ET — Join us!

Join Rene and special guest David Barnard of Contrast as they discuss everything that's new and exciting in the world of Apple, iPhone, iPad, and Mac!

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Amplified 99: Like Hodor with a Better Vocabulary

While Jim Dalrymple of The Loop was away vacationing, our own Peter Cohen got to play — by filling in for Jim on the Amplified podcast. Here's the official blurb and a link to the show, which turned out terrifically well.

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Tim Cook's quiet consideration

Given the breadth and scope of Apple's WWDC 2014 announcements it's not surprising that the man at the helm of it all, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook is getting a lot of attention and analysis thrown his way. Some of it has been excellent, some of it has been dreadful.

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Writing to the Metal (API)

Metal — throw the horns! — is iOS's new low-overhead, high-performance API for writing to the Apple A7 graphics processing unit (GPU). But given Apple's other graphical tools, from SpriteKit to SceneKit, where does Metal fit in, and what does it mean for developers and for the future of apps and games?

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What only Tim Cook's Apple can do

It's been almost two weeks since the WWDC 2014 keynote and a week exactly since the event itself wrapped up and not only is the feeling of excitement still very much alive, but smart analysis of what happened and why is still being shared. Not surprisingly, some of the best is focusing on and around Apple's CEO, Tim Cook.

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Got a question about iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite? Ask it on the iMore Show today at 1pm PT/4pm ET!

That's right, the iMore show is back and it's live! Join Rene and Peter for a full-on hour of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Q&A. We'll do our best to answer as much as possible, so get your questions in early, or even better — join us live!

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Here are the 2014 iPhone Photography Award winners!

The iPhone Photography Awards celebrate excellence in iPhoneography — the best shots taken with the best camera we all have with us. The 2014 winning photographs have been announced, and they include amazing work from Julio Lucas of Florida, Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez of Madrid, and Jill Missner of Connecticut. The winner, Lucas, said of his work:

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Swift: Apple's next-generation programming language 4 years in the making

Swift, Apple's new programming language billed as taking the C out of Objective-C, was one of the biggest surprises at WWDC 2014. The Swift project started at Apple roughly 4 years ago as one of several explorations into what would replace the NeXT-era Objective-C language. It was spearheaded by Chris Lattner, head of Apple's developer tools department, who also spearheaded LLVM (lower level virtual machine) and Clang, Apple's compiler technologies. Lattner shared some insight into Swift on his site, nondot:

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