Apple introduced its latest operating system, the OS X Yosemite, and the iOS 8 system at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWCD), with NBC News reporting that the new system creates “a more uniform experience across Apple’s laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones.” Both systems come with a number of new features that have been hinted at and asked for.
As previously mentioned, the smart home app is coming, and it will be able to do things like dim your lights. Healthkit will compile information like the calories burned and the steps taken by the app’s user. There’s going to be more Siri, and a version of the “Swype” keyboard function that’s currently available on Android devices will be on the new devices. The new systems will be available in the fall.
Both systems are also offering an upgrade to its Dropbox-like storage system, iCloud. Mashable says that, on Yosemite, “Storing and editing documents in the cloud — with different kinds of apps — is enabled through the service, and it’s compatible with Windows devices, too.” While offering more space, the price is also dropping on this service. The iCloud Photo Library will offer a similar system for all of your pictures. The version available on Yosemite won’t be ready until 2015.
Welcome messaging upgrades have also been made on the mobile iOS system, including an option to turn a note from audio to text. And if you’re one of the many people who wanted a Family Sharing option, here it is, offering the ability to share items bought on iTunes and a notification if one person tries to purchase apps.
“Until recently, Apple benefited from being the first choice of app developers to build programs on its devices,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “However, as Android’s share has grown globally, to roughly 80% of phones sold last year, more developers are creating apps for both platforms at the same time or for Android first.”
The Journal also reports that Apple is seeing some dollars and cents benefits of late after a number of financial moves, including improved earnings. But this WWCD is also the opportunity to build some buzz around what’s coming. Now we wait for the tech critics, early adopters and various gurus to have at it and let us know if it’s worth the excitement.