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.
Health: This 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.