WWDC 2014: Apple unveils iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad

WWDC 2014: Apple unveils iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad

Summary: Apple lifts the lid on its latest mobile platform at its annual developer conference, iOS 8, packed with new features and functionality for the iPhone and iPad community.

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Project "Okemo" finally has a name. Meet iOS 8.

Apple on Monday unveiled its latest mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, kicking off a week's worth of developer events for the app-building community.

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WWDC 2014: By the numbers

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The iPhone and iPad maker's keynote on Monday included updates on financial figures, sales and shipments, and other numerical nuggets. Here's what you need to know.

The new iPhone and iPad software was unveiled almost exactly one year to the day after the release of iOS 7, its immediate predecessor, following a major redesign of its user interface.

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook described the new software as a story of two fronts, adding that it includes new developer hooks to help app makers build new apps like never before.

Senior executive Craig Federighi said on stage that iOS 8 builds on the successes of its predecessor, and lands with a bevy of brand new features.

Included with the new software:

Enterprise features: iOS 8 will land with a number of enterprise-focused and manageability features, including Device Enrollment Program, which sets up your device automatically — like apps, mail, contacts, and more. It also lands with per-message S/MIME, VIP message threads that display on the lock screen, increased security, and third-party document providers.

HealthKit: Originally dubbed Healthbook by rumors and leaks, it's the long-awaited activity tracker that works with third-party apps. It integrates with leading institutions so it can link with doctors and hospitals.

iMessage improvements: You can now name threads, add and remove group message users, and leave "noisy" threads. It also includes push-to-talk over voice or video in short bursts. You can also share your location if you need to meet up with friends or colleagues. 

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Continuity hand-off: If you're working on your Mac and you need to switch between devices, you can "handoff" to your iPhone or iPad, running iOS 8. Between your mobile and desktop or notebook devices, a notification will appear on any device within a close proximity that allows you to seamlessly carry on working.

iCloud Drive: iPhones and iPads running the latest iOS 8 software will have its own dedicated app for browsing through your iCloud, similar to a cloud-based file manager.

Family Sharing: You can now set up your family as a "unit," so that you can share calendars, reminder lists, and also purchased media — allowing a family to download content across six family members who share the same credit card. If a child in that family wants to buy an app, the purchase can then be authenticated by an adult family member from their iOS 8-powered devices.

QuickType keyboard: New predictive typing suggestions for the following words, allowing users to type out text messages and emails faster. Citing context suggestions, it works out how you type to different people in various styles. Supporting a number of international languages, none of these keystrokes leave the device — citing user privacy.

Interactive notifications: Users can now pull down from a notification and reply there and then, without having to leave the app you're in.

Text messages sync across iMessage: Building on the successes of data-based iMessage, traditional SMS messages will now synchronize across devices to Macs and other iPhones and iPads. So, if you're away from your iOS 8-powered device, you never have to miss a message. 

Improved Spotlight search: You can now search for movies in theaters, and music from your own collection and the iTunes Store. Overall, it drags in more data from additional sources, and makes the overall search feature better, faster, and easier to use.

Siri improvements: The voice-activated assistant now comes with Shazam song recognition, and also supports streaming voice recognition. Apple says it has added 22 new dictation languages.

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The new software will work with iPhone 4S handsets and later, iPad 2 tablets and later, and iPod touch (5th generation) and later.

iOS 8 will be released later this year, when the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced — around August or September, according to reports.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, iOS, iPhone, iPad, Mobile OS

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  • The sharing thing is a kind of neat thing

    won't work with older kids though, if it is based on shared credit cards. Also, I'd be nervous about that being a joining key.
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • Useful feature, if sign-up not too onerous

      But not much "wow" there.

      Polish and touch-ups, and in Apples way, bringing some similar features from other competitor OSes.
      Boothy_p
    • Available with Windows Phone already

      Family Room has been around for a while.
      ikissfutebol
      • Yep old stuff

        Wasn't Rooms announced like 2012 for WP8?

        Nice of Apple copying the feature. Just shows how far ahead Microsoft was about this!
        brhorv
  • Do we have video yet?

    Humm, do we have video of the event yet? It would be sweet to see it.
    CobraA1
    • Found a video

      Found a video, Apple's website has it.

      And, as usual, they require Quicktime.

      And, and usual, Quicktime performs like a dog on a PC. Even a gaming laptop designed to run high end games without a hitch X(.
      CobraA1
      • Then it's an OS related thing

        It's not like Microsoft hasn't repeatedly done that in the past.
        I hate trolls also
        • Which explains why everything else works so well.

          Nice try: Everything else works well. YouTube, Netflix, even streaming games via Steam's new streaming service. Heck, even iTunes does better (although it has its own performance issues in other areas).

          No, it's not the OS. Especially in a machine so overpowered, the OS is really irrelevant as far as performance hit goes.

          Apple simply does not optimize their apps very well for Windows, and it shows.
          CobraA1
          • Pulled it into desktop, quicktime proper

            Pulled the video's link into my desktop (specs a bit higher than the laptop), into Quicktime proper (instead of embedded in a web page in internet explorer), and it works fine there.
            CobraA1
      • Don't say that

        QuickTime sucks on both OS X and Windows, it isn't hatred for Windows that hinders it. ;)
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Performs like a dog on iPad to...

        I have never ever seen a keynote video stutter and stop and get out of sync so much. Runnig IOS 7 on an iPad2, you Think it should "just work". To funny how they brag about all the new flashy HTML5 video stuff in the new Safari, while they still broadcast their own show with Quicktime Tech from the stoneages!

        Even Microsoft know how to broadcast keynotes flawless on any type of device. Why can't Apple do this right?
        brhorv
  • Nice to see Apple playing catch-up for a change.

    Having been on Windows Phone I can sympathize with the iOS guys. Now it is Apple that is introducing features that make me go "yawn"...been there done that.

    Not that I have anything against Apple...I enjoy my Apple devices (iPad, iPods, iPhones, etc.) but after having spent so much time waiting for Windows Phone to catch up, it is nice to see that it is ahead of iOS in so many ways.
    gomigomijunk
    • I will upgrade...

      ...if they let me. Unfortunately, my iPod is stuck at iOS 6...for the rest of its life. But hopefully I can upgrade my iPad. Right?
      gomigomijunk
  • The only thing I learned was Craig Federighi lives in San Francisco

    This was a waste of several hours of my day. Apple could have done better.
    MalcolmTucker
    • several hours?

      what grade level is your reading?
      ForeverSPb
  • Big Deal !!!

    iOS8...iOS9... to milk money from iFools.
    Owl:Net
    • yep

      More like Android 2.2 Android 2.3...
      Jimster480
    • once again, you completely miss the point...

      "Swift is as geeky as it gets, but all you need to know is that Apple rallied developers and they were stoked" - ZDnet.

      Owl:Net, I know that you have a poster of Steve Ballmer on your wall, but you should remind yourself of the immortal Ballmer speech "Developers, developers, developers, develpers..."

      Got it yet???
      paddle.
  • Still no multi-tasking

    And still no multiple user accounts. And, really, was there anything really new here?
    cantbeme
    • Indeed.....

      multitasking of apps on iOS is totaly retarded but hey we've got new language to play with...still apps are not allowed to even reasonably comunicate with each other let alone to offer some good features on their own under pretence of 'security'.

      Any real improvement? Except the same old fashioned parametrisation of given functionality like mail, cloud, notifications in many forms and colours?

      and healthKit....you serious? connect this with hospitals? as a professional patient monitoring tool? seems rather like an overhyped toy to me.

      It's pathetic....
      spalda2