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Last Monday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference introducing the new generation of iOS, OS X, and neat developer tools that makes these operating systems work wonders. Apple talked about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, bringing the mobile device and desktop work seamlessly together thanks to a new programming language known as Swift that should enable the creation of new innovative and powerful apps.

 

Here are the highlights from WWDC 2014 last June 2:

 

iOS 8

1. Interactive Notifications - This is probably the new feature that excited me the most when it was first unveiled during the keynote. Apple now lets you respond to messages and any other notifications for that matter, directly from the Notification banner view/alerts including the lock screen without leaving the app where you're currently in. There's no need to go into the full Messages app if you just want to send a reply. This also allows you to "Like" or "Comment" on Facebook posts with just a tap. Isn't that cool?

 

Besides your weather forecast, upcoming calendar events, reminders, and stocks on your "Today View" in Notification Center, Apple finally lets you add third-party widgets without launching the full apps themselves.

 

2. Messages - The mostly used app in iOS gets audio and video chat capabilities. Now the app allows you to send a quick audio and video message and temporary location sharing. It also gives you the ability to add and remove people, including yourself, from busy group-message threads. Otherwise, you can just tap on "Do not disturb" toggle switch if you don't want to leave the group thread you're in.

 

3. Keyboards - Have you ever wanted to customize your iOS keyboard? Well, now you can since Apple lets you install and use third-party keyboards by default. Apple also introduced a new predictive keyboard that provides you with smarter auto-complete suggestions based on the context of your message you and your contacts wrote, as well as on your full typing history all securely stored on your phone. Apple said this new feature called QuickType can even answer questions for you. This is done by "learning" your typing habits. Hopefully, this will resolve the issue with autocorrect and all its quirkiness.

 

4. Siri - iOS 8 gives Siri hands-free capabilities. Just say the words "Hey, Siri" and it'll automatically appear on the screen. You can also ask Siri to listen to any song and it'll tell you the title and artist thanks to Shazam integration with its song recognition technology.

 

5. Spotlight - By simply swiping down from the top of your iOS device, you can initially search for apps, messages, mail, contacts, notes, reminders, events, voice memos, and more. With iOS 8, it now allows you to search for everything, from songs and movies available on the iTunes Store with corresponding ratings to Wikipedia articles and Map locations.

 

6. HealthKit - This new app will track your personal health and fitness data where iPhone owners can monitor daily health metrics and examine fitness trends with the help of integrated third-party apps and institutions including Nike and the Mayo Clinic.

 

7. Family Sharing - A useful feature that enables you to share calendars, reminders, photos, and Find My Friends locations. It also lets you share iTunes purchases across devices up to six family members as long as each account is linked to the same credit card. This lets parents approve or deny purchases made on their childrens' devices avoiding bill shock from in-app purchases.

 

8. Photos - The new Photos app lets you view and edit images with more tools across all your iOS devices preserving the recent edits made from one device to the other (e.g. edit a photo on an iPhone and save/continue on an iPad or vice versa).

 

9. Continuity - With the new feature known as Handoff, this helps you to sync and share work across devices (e.g. from your iPhone or iPad to your MacBook and vice versa). You can start a document in iWork or an email on your IOS device and your Mac will suggest you to continue it there once you move away with your devices from different proximities.

 

10. HomeKit - This new tool will allow iPhones to start controlling smart devices, such as light bulbs, security cameras, and more which can be controlled through Siri.

 

NOTE: iOS 8 will be compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.

 

If you didn't catch Apple's WWDC 2014 Keynote, don't worry because we got you covered. Here's the video to get you started.

 

 

Video by Apple, Inc.

 

What did you like most about Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote address? What did you think of the new features on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite? Feel free to share your thoughts by replying to this thread.

 

NOTE: This post is for the sole purpose of informing our Apple fans regarding the WWDC 2014 event. Products and/or services mentioned during the WWDC 2014 Keynote may or may not be offered by Globe Telecom, Inc. We advise our customers to stay tuned for any official offers and announcements from Globe in the near future.