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Apple bringing HealthKit to iOS 8

Along with all the other new features and enhancements coming to iOS 8, we got out first look at HealthKit. HealthKit provides a single place for all of your health-conscious devices — like a fitness tracker or heart monitor — to sync their data so it's available for apps to use. You'll have...
Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

iOS 8 will feature some important updates for Siri. This includes some hands-free functionality, the rumored Shazam functionality, and streaming voice recognition. When you plug Siri in, in your car, for instance, you will be able to activate Siri simply by saying "Hey Siri". Additionally, the...
WWDC - Family Sharing for iOS 8

Family Share for iOS 8 will let you share apps, pictures, and calendars

In the WWDC proceedings today, Apple showed off Family Sharing for iOS 8. Family Sharing allows up to six devices to easily share calendars, reminders, and lots more. With Family Sharing you can use Find my Device for anyone in the family, which is perfect for kids that have a habit of losing...
Apple announces new enterprise features in iOS 8

Apple announces new enterprise features in iOS 8

Apple has announced new enterprise features as part of iOS 8. These include more powerful S/MIME features, VIP threads, and much more. Enterprise is a very important area for Apple, with 98% of Fortune 500 companies using iOS devices. iOS 8 will feature per-message S/MIME, VIP threads with...
Messages get beefed up on iOS 8

Messages get beefed up on iOS 8

As the most used app on an iOS device, Messages got a beefy update that makes it simpler to use, more intuitive, and less annoying. Swipes can now generate specific actions and now with group messages where notifications are going off frequently, you can apply "do not disturb" to the thread so...
iOS 8 introduces new Spotlight search

iOS 8 introduces new Spotlight search

As part of the announcement of iOS 8 today at WWDC, Apple unveiled and redesigned Spotlight for iOS. Spotlight now features suggestions, just like on Yosemite. Spotlight will now show you more when you search. You will see things like apps from the App Store that you don't already have,...
iOS 8 Notification Center

Notification Center in iOS 8 offers quick replies, actionable items

Notification Center is getting even more powerful in iOS 8, adding in the ability to reply to and take action on notifications from both the lockscreen and top of your screen. In iOS 8, when you receive a message and it drops down from the top of your screen, you can swipe it down and reply...
OS X Yosemite introduces a new Handoff feature

AirDrop and Handoff tie together sharing between OS X and iOS

With the new AirDrop and Handoff, Apple is creating an ecosystem to tie together users who own both an iOS and OS X device. New to OS X Yosemite is that you can share files by using AirDrop between a Mac and an iOS device like an iPhone. But that's just the start, a new Handoff capability extends...
iOS 8

Apple officially announces iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

Looks like those banners were right! On stage at the WWDC 2014 keynote Apple has officially revealed the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8. Some of the highlights include: Over 800 million iOS devices sold AirDrop and Handoff tie together sharing between OS X and iOS Your...
WWDC 2014 preview: iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and more!

WWDC 2014 preview: iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and more!

WWDC 2014 kicks off Monday at 10am PDT with Apple's first keynote of the year. Apple will be streaming it live and iMore will be there bringing you in-depth commentary and analysis. There's a real electricity in the air this year. iOS 8 and especially OS X 10.10 seem to be generating real...
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...
iOS 8 wants: Pervasive inter-app communications

iOS 8 wants: Pervasive inter-app communications

Android has intents as a way to request an action from another app. Windows Phone has contracts and extensions to declare supported interactions. Apple added inter-app communication in iOS 7, but only for audio. That's why more pervasive inter-app communications remains one of the most requested...
iOS 8 wants: Comic book reading mode for iBooks

iOS 8 wants: Comic book reading mode for iBooks

Okay, technically this is an iBooks wish rather than an iOS 8 wish but what better time to ask for something as amazing demonstrable as a comic book reading mode than when Apple's about to kick off their first Keynote of the year? And given the recent sale of comiXology to Amazon and the...
iOS 8 wants: Battery shaming

iOS 8 wants: Battery shaming

Battery life is one of the most important elements of a modern mobile device. That's why iMore's battery life tips are some of our most popular articles, and why our comments, social feeds, and forums are filled with battery life questions, boasts, and complaints. Apple prioritizes battery life...
iOS 8 wants: Interactive notifications and push interface redux

iOS 8 wants: Interactive notifications and push interface redux

Another of my longstanding desires for iOS is interactive (what some call actionable) notifications, which takes interface from being pull — I have to go find what I want to do — to push —the system brings what I want to do right to me. Home screens, widgets, apps are all pull interface. I have...
iMore show 402: 3x iPhone, multi-window iPad

iMore show 402: 3x iPhone, multi-window iPad

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode Rene and Peter are joined by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac to talk about Apple/Beats, 3x iPhone 6, multi-window iPad, OS X 10.10 redesign, Healthbook, and more! Subscribe and watch or...
iOS 8 wants: Customizable Control Center

iOS 8 wants: Customizable Control Center

Apple introduced Control Center in iOS 7 as a way to quickly get to the settings, controls, and basic functions most iPhone and iPad users need most of the time. That includes Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Orientation Lock, Brightness, media scrubber, player controls, and...
iOS 8 wants: Privacy Sheets to make permissions manageable

iOS 8 wants: Privacy Sheets to make permissions manageable

Back in February 2012 I wrote about, in part, the need for more granular privacy controls for the iPhone and iPad. Later that year we got them in the form of iOS 6 Privacy Settings. Apps had to ask you for permission to use each and every one of them, but they'd ask one after the other. "[App]...
Why high bit-rate and HD audio are all about marketing, not music

Why high bit-rate and HD audio are all about marketing, not music

High bit rate — kilobit per second — and HD audio — 24bit vs. 16bit — are getting a lot of attention lately, whether it's because streaming services are offering more or less kbps or upcoming devices are promising higher fidelity sound or Apple is rumored to be adding those features to iOS 8 and...
iOS 8 rumored to bring split-screen multitasking to the iPad

iOS 8 rumored to bring split-screen multitasking to the iPad

Apple's iPad is reported to be getting amped-up multi-tasking through a split-screen mechanism in iOS 8. The feature would be a stark departure for iOS, which though supporting multitasking apps, has only ever allowed a device to display one running app at a time. Taking advantage of the larger...

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