The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is an annual conference held by Apple. The congregation showcases all the latest upcoming products of the company. The 2014 edition of this conference has heavily focused on new software, with the new iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” to be released in the autumn. Both the operating systems will be free updates.
There were a number of exciting apps and features that were announced by the company. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, stressed more about how many people the company had persuaded to shift away from Google’s Android system and use iPhone and iPad devices. With iOS 8, Apple has brought a laundry list of features that most users have desired for years.
Healthbook – Tracking Health and Fitness
The company stressed a lot of emphasis on its Health apps. This time the platform is predicted to be “Healthbook,” an iOS 8 app enable other health and fitness devices to send data to a centralized data collection app on the iPhone. The app will keep track of all the health records of the user.
Improved iMessage Service
The iMessage, the company’s exclusive service for messaging is seeing further advancement. The new features will include the ability to send audio, video and photo messages, along with group chats, wherein you can participate in and leave. This is a clear indication to tighten its existing user base.
Revamped Photo App
The Photos app in the iOS 8 will automatically sync with iCloud to make all images available across devices. The app will also include more advanced editing tools to straighten, crop and edit photos by adjusting the color and light levels.
Better Spotlight Functionality
Apple has significantly boosted its Spotlight search functionality, along with the Siri virtual assistant. Spotlight will now have the capability to offer you a much wider contextual range for any search query that goes beyond the files on your device
Swift: Apple’s New Programming Language
The company also declared the development of its own programming language, Swift. This new programming language is already poised to replace Objective-C as the main programming language of the company’s platforms.
New Mac OS X – Yosemite
The Mac OSX Yosemite software has had a radical design overhaul, by integrating its smartphone and desktop software closer together. The new OS also includes a new feature called “Continuity.” This feature allows its users to switch between their smartphone and desktop with ease. Continuity has also expanded Apple’s AirDrop software, by allowing users to transfer data and files back and forth between iPhone and Mac devices.