Apple Debuts New Operating Systems

OS X Yosemite and iOS8 Introduce New Features, Expand on Old Ones

By Daniel Berg on 4 June 2014
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DSC_0361-EDApple unveiled its new desktop and mobile operating systems, OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Both systems improve on concepts introduced in previous incarnations, but also introduce a variety of new apps and features.

iOS 8 features the Photos app and the iCloud Photo Library, which gives users access to photos and videos across a range of devices, as well as smart editing tools that automatically update edits on all enabled devices. The redesigned Messages app introduces Tap to Talk, making content sharing as easy as a swipe across the screen. Messages also features improved group messaging and location sharing. The new Health app collects all information from fitness and health apps in one place, as well as integrating information from a range of apps.

Apple’s QuickType keyboard may herald the end of the embarrassing but amusing trend of AutoCorrect mistakes. QuickType is able to suggest favorite phrases, and also offers suggestions based on context, making messaging quicker and more streamlined. Family Sharing is another new option, allowing up to six family members to share iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases. Parental controls are also included, and Family Sharing automatically creates a shared calendar, shared family photo stream, and has an option to locate family members through their devices. iCloud Drive stores and updates documents across devices, and the Handoff app allows users to start a project on one device and finish it on another.

OS X Yosemite, Apple’s desktop operating system, sports a redesigned look, and continues to improve on Safari’s usability. It also includes a new feature that allows users make iPhone calls through Macs, while messages appear across all devices. The Today view is an addition to the Notification Center that gives users a quick overview of everything they need on a specific day. OS X Yosemite will also feature Handoff and the iCloud Drive, which is built into the Finder. Developers will be itching to get their hands on AppKit and SpriteKit, which make creating new apps significantly simpler.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are both available now for members of Apple’s developer program, and will be released to users in the fall.

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