Apple has revealed new software at WWDC (worldwide developers conference) in California. Read on for a full roundup, along with links to more detailed stories about each major announcement.
Craig Federighi stepped up to show off OS X Yosemite, the latest release of the Mac’s operating system, and demo some of it’s key features. Yosemite has been completely redesigned with an iOS feel to it, and there is even greater inter-compatibility between the two platforms with Continuity. In a nutshell, start typing on your iPhone and finish up on your Mac. Get a FaceTime call on your iPad and take it on your Mac. AirDrop is now working perfectly between Mac and iOS, and you now have iCloud Drive which lets you browse, manage and tag documents through your Finder.
Apple also announced iOS 8, the next major release for the iPhone and iPad operating system. It features a new Health app for tracking your activity, calorie intake and more, as well as a new iCloud Drive and Family Sharing feature to enable families to share all of their purchased content. You can quickly call your favourite contacts from the Multitasking view and typing has been vastly improved – Apple announced predictive texting as well as support for third party keyboards.
After the launch of several home-automation devices in the last 12 months, Apple have released their own standard for the devices. Apple has released HomeKit, which will lead to Siri being able to control all of your smart devices around the home via voice commands. So products like Philips’ Hue lightbulbs and Nest’s Thermostat will be fully controllable through your iOS device.
Craig Federighi talked about new and improved API kits for developers, including TouchID and Photos, and also announced a brand new programming language – Swift. Swift gives you live previews of your code as you write it, and is fully compatible with Cocoa. There is also a huge improvement to 3D gaming in the form of Metal, which was demoed through Zen Garden, which will be available on the launch day of iOS 8 this Fall.