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Apple announces iOS 8 with improved Spotlight, actionable notifications, and much more

Apple announces iOS 8 with improved Spotlight, actionable notifications, and much more

Today onstage at WWDC 2014, Apple announced iOS 8. It features new Spotlight search, actionable notifications, new enterprise features, and much, much more. Below is Apple's official statement on the debut of iOS 8 and it's new features. Press release: Apple Unveils iOS 8, the Biggest...
Swift

Apple unveils Swift — Objective C without the C

There were over 14 million downloads of the tools used to build applications for iOS 7. That means there are at least 14 million people who are going to be excited for Swift — Apple's newest coding tool for iOS 8 applications. The goal was to have the power of Objective C, without all the...
SwiftKey keyboard will be coming to iOS 8

SwiftKey keyboard will be coming to iOS 8

One of the major new features in iOS 8 just announced at WWDC 2014 is support for third-party keyboards and SwiftKey will be one of them. We've just received word from SwiftKey that in fact...they've already started: "We're delighted Apple has decided to embrace the importance of opening...
Apple WWDC 2014 Extensibility

Apple announces new developer extensions in iOS 8

Apple has today announced new extensibility support for developers in iOS 8, enabling third-party developers to further extend functionality offered in apps across the variety of categories. The main advancement is allowing third-party apps to offer services to another installed app, essentially...
iOS 8 Features

iOS 8 Beta available to developers today

While everyone is still wrapping their heads around an amazing set of announcements for iOS 8, developers will be able to get their eyes and hands on the beta release of the software starting today. Though they will of course be restricted in what they can show and tell outside of a development...
Metal helps game developers get the most out of iOS hardware

Metal helps game developers get the most out of iOS hardware

Apple has announced Metal, a way to help game developers get the most power out of iPhone hardware in iOS 8. Metal reduces OpenGL overhead and is described by Apple as "near bare-to-the-metal" of the Apple A7 chip. Metal allows 10x faster draw cell rates, and allows developers to draw...
Developer API announcement

iOS 8 adds third-party access to camera data via an API

Apple is adding over 4000 new APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to iOS 8, and one with user-facing implications is a new camera API. The latest camera API will give third-party apps access to deeper hardware control of the camera, meaning you can install an app from the App Store that can...
App store improvements

Improvements to the App Store make it 'the biggest release since the initial launch'

Apple knows that apps can make or break a platform. Finding the apps is just as important, so the App Store is getting a major update in iOS 8. Apple is calling it the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, and with these changes we're not going to disagree. The highlights include...
iOS 8 provides support for third-party keyboards

iOS 8 provides support for third-party keyboards

iOS 8 will feature support for system-wide, third-party keyboards. It will now be possible to install keyboards like SwiftKey, Fleksy, and more as your default option throughout iOS. The demo used Swype, a keyboard that allows you to swipe your finger over the keyboard rather than lifting and...
App Store has 1.2 million apps, 75 billion apps downloaded to date

App Store has 1.2 million apps, 75 billion apps downloaded to date

Apple has announced some new App Store numbers on stage at WWDC 2014. In addition to having 1.2 million apps, the App Store has 300 million weekly visitors, and over 75 billion apps have been downloaded since the Store's introduction in 2008. Stay tuned to iMore and our liveblog, for the...
iOS 8 Photos

Photos in iOS 8 adds smart suggestions, location matching and new editing tools

As Apple is blazing through the iOS 8 announcements at WWDC 2014, and the latest is a big set of changes to Photos. With the latest version of Photos, all of your pictures and videos are instantly synced across your devices via your iCloud storage. The cross-device syncing extends into editing,...
HealthKit

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...

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