WWDC Wrap Up: 7 things to look forward to from Apple


Today was the final day of WWDC 2014, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference. Pretty sure you were keeping up with the haps, but in case you missed anything, here is a wrap up of everything new Apple announced with a list of 7 things we’re looking forward to most!

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1. OS X Yosemite: Everything You Need to Know About the Big Redesign

Apple’s follow up to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, will be OS X Yosemite, following with the theme of naming OS versions after impressive California landmarks. Last year’s WWDC was all about giving iOS an overhaul. This year’s star will be Apple’s desktop operating system. Here’s what you need to know.

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Everything Apple Announced Today

2. iOS 8: New Features For Your iPhone and iPad

The new Apple iOS 8 presented at WWDC 2014 is a lot more than Healthkit—Apple’s new vital statistics monitoring system—and a few adjustments to the interface introduced last year. Here you will find the complete catalog of new features along with live commentary on all of them.

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Everything Apple Announced Today

3. iOS Is Finally Getting a New, Smarter Keyboard

One of our biggest frustrations with iOS devices has been the less-than-stellar stock keyboard. iOS 8 fixes that with Quicktype, a predictive, content-sensitive keyboard with multiple layouts that learns the phrases you use most and fills them in. It’s about ducking time.

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Everything Apple Announced Today

4. iOS Health: All the Important Data About Your Body in One Place

Apple just pulled back the curtain on a new native app called Health at WWDC. Yes, this is thesame health tracking app we heard about a few months ago. And yes, you can buy a variety of compatible fitness tracking devices at the Apple Store. Health does more than count your steps, though.

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Everything Apple Announced Today

5. Apple’s HomeKit Is an iPhone-Powered Universe of Gadgets

Instead of jumping head first into the smart home market by allowing iOS users to (finally) control all of their connected appliances and devices from a single app, Apple has instead decided to tip-toe through the connected home’s front door with a new API feature called HomeKit that ensures everything can be securely connected wirelessly, and controlled using Siri voice commands.

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Everything Apple Announced Today

6. Apple’s iCloud Drive Takes a Swing at Dropbox

Apple just announced on stage at WWDC iCloud Drive, its cloud storage syncing system that sounds sneakily similar to Dropbox. iCloud Drive syncs your stuff across all your devices, and across all platforms—even Windows. Documents are now accessible from the Finder and syncing is automatic. Which means, iCloud is better. And that’s a good thing. Although, the main takeaway here is that iCloud is sort of mimicking what Dropbox and Google Drive and whatnot already do automatically.

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Everything Apple Announced Today

7. Yep, iOS Is Getting Widgets

Apple has finally made its Notification Center functional. Now, you can include info- and function-packed widgets right in your Notifications screen. The new widget functions are part of iOS’s new, overall extensibility, but here, your apps have been molded into Notification Center-friendly form. For instance, if you have the eBay app, you’ll be able to bid directly from your Notification Center. And as with everything else in your Notification Center, the layout is more or less totally customizable. You can pick and choose which apps get their widgets displayed and rearrange them as you see fit.

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