Quick Summary of iOS 8 Enhancements

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If you didn’t have a chance to view the WWDC Live Stream, Apple unveiled iOS 8 and OS 10.10 (Yosemite).  Since we’re focused on mobile apps, I’m highlighting the upcoming iOS 8 features which is expected to roll out in the fall.

HealthThis collects information from different health apps and creates one dashboard.  This seems similar to their  Passbook App.

Homekit:  This is standard for common protocol that can be used for controlling external devices in the home.

Extensibility:  Allows apps to share functionality with other apps.

Family Sharing:  Allows for 6 family members to share  their purchases on iTunes.

Photos:  Improved sharing of photos across devices along with a new cloud base storage model.

iMessage :  Improved messaging to make it more competitive to services like WhatsApp

Interactive Notifications :  Allows users to respond to messages directly from the notification banner

QuickType :  Introduces Predictive Text where keyboard is able to learn your writing style and offer suggestions (can’t wait to see how this compares to auto correct).

iCloud :  More robust iCloud to take on Dropbox and Google Drive

Greater Connectivity within Apple Devices:  Greater sync between apple devices (iPhone, iPads, and Mac) in conjunction with Yosemite.

Spotlight:  New search tool that takes location and context into account.

Enhanced SDK:  Apple touts this as the biggest release for developers.  There’s actually a lot of stuff here and we’re still digesting it.  I’ll talk about this in a future blog.

Enterprise Enhancements:  Apple introduced several Enterprise enhancements specifically towards security, productivity, and enhancements.

In future blogs, we will dig deeper into iOS 8 upgrades.

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