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iOS 8 wish-list: What we'd love to see at WWDC 2014!

iOS 8 wish-list: What we'd love to see at WWDC 2014!

The WWDC 2014 opening keynote is only a few short days away and that means, if Apple sticks to pattern, we should see the first preview of iOS 8. Since the big redesign was already done last year, that should mean polish and rounding out the feature set is what we get this year. Granted, getting...
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4, developers grab it now!

Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4 — developers grab it now!

Beta 4 for iOS 8 has been released to developers. Registered developers can go ahead and grab it directly on their iOS device over-the-air or through the Apple Developer Center. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update, then select Download & Install to...
Custom keyboards in iOS 8: Explained

Custom keyboards in iOS 8: Explained

Custom keyboard extensions, part of iOS 8's new Extensibility feature, allow developers to almost completely replace the default, system-wide iOS keyboard with ones of their own devising. (That's in addition to Apple's own, new QuickType predictive keyboard.) Not only does that include favorites...

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Document provider extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Document provider extensions in iOS 8: Explained

Document provider extensions in iOS 8 are part of the new Extensibility system and allow the features from Document Picker and associated file handling to go beyond iCloud Drive to encompass enterprise storage and popular online services like DropBox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, and more....
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4, developers grab it now!

Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4 — developers grab it now!

Beta 4 for iOS 8 has been released to developers. Registered developers can go ahead and grab it directly on their iOS device over-the-air or through the Apple Developer Center. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update, then select Download & Install to...
iCloud Drive and Document Picker for iOS 8: Explained

iCloud Drive and Document Picker for iOS 8: Explained

iCloud Drive and its associated Document Picker are new features of iOS 8 that allow the app you're using to open files created in a different app, import them, move them, or export them right back out again, all without creating any unnecessary steps or complicated workflows. Everything is also...
Action extensions in OS X Yosemite: Explained

Action extensions in OS X Yosemite: Explained

Action extensions promise to rework your Yosemite workflow by putting your content front and center instead of your apps OS X's Yosemite's new Markup tool is an example of a new class of technology called Action extensions. Action extensions promise to save you time and make you more productive...
Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained

Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained

You can already share media with your family, but iOS 8 will make it easier to share even more — and keep track of who has what iPhones, iPod touches, iPads everywhere — everyone in the family has devices and uses them for everything. One of iOS 8's key improvements is more convenient family...
iOS 8 wish-list scorecard: How many came true?

iOS 8 wish-list scorecard: How many came true?

Back before WWDC 2014 I wrote a series of posts detailing some of the things I wished very much to see from Apple in iOS 8. Some of them I'd been wishing for for years. Others I'd only just begun to think about. After the keynote I'd meant to go through and see just how many of my wishes had,...
iTunes Extras are now on Apple TV, coming this fall to iOS 8

iTunes Extras are now on Apple TV, coming this fall to iOS 8

If you have an Apple TV, you can now dive into your iTunes Extras on your biggest screen — and in the not-too-distant-future you'll be able to do that on an iOS 8equipped iPhone or iPad as well. The fun part of the Apple TV getting iTunes Extras is that the feature was remotely enabled a week...
Improving graphics performance on OS X: Is Metal the answer?

Improving graphics performance on OS X: Is Metal the answer?

I've previously discussed Metal in iOS 8 and why it's so important: Because reducing overhead imposed by OpenGL ES means games (and other apps) can run faster and more efficiently on the right iOS hardware. Can the same happen for OS X? Metal and the problem it solves First, let's do a quick...
Custom keyboards in iOS 8: Explained

Custom keyboards in iOS 8: Explained

Custom keyboard extensions, part of iOS 8's new Extensibility feature, allow developers to almost completely replace the default, system-wide iOS keyboard with ones of their own devising. (That's in addition to Apple's own, new QuickType predictive keyboard.) Not only does that include favorites...
Inter-app photo and video editing in iOS 8: Explained

Inter-app photo and video editing in iOS 8: Explained

Photo extensions are part of iOS 8's new Extensibility feature, one of the biggest platform advances since the launch of the App Store. With Photo — and video — extensions, we get the ability to access filters and effects from any app right inside Apple's Photos and Camera apps. So, how does...

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