Tuesday, June 03, 2014

OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

I stayed up late earlier to watch the live stream of Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote.

For around 4 years that I have been following Apple's keynotes, this was a bit different.

The focus was entirely on Mac. It actually overshadowed iOS 8.

I came watching expecting more of iOS goodness. It turned out I was blown away by all the new and exciting features of OS X.

Also, I love how it brought back the focus to the developers. They are the real stars of the show anyway. Without them, we won't be having all of these awesome apps.

Check out this introduction video they played (Apps We Can't Live Without):

Speaking of developers, Apple blew everyone away by introducing a new programming language called Swift.

I am no programmer or developer. But, as presented in the keynote this language is meant to be faster and more efficient than all the other languages available out there.

In the usual Apple fashion, this changes a lot of things again.

It was a feature packed keynote. It's probably one of the best 'software' keynotes I've seen from them.

I cannot recap everything in here. But, some of the notable features they announced are the following:

  • An all-new Messages app - In addtion to iMessages, SMS messages (your green bubble friends' texts) can now be synced across your devices. Plus, there is a new tap to talk. This looks like a killer for all the messaging apps available in the App Store.
  • iCloud Drive - This works like Google Drive. But, using Apple's servers of course. ;)
  • Continuity / HandOff - You can now continue where you left off on your other device.
  • Notification Center - Now interactive and can include widgets
  • Safari got faster
  • Spotlight got better and more usable
  • Siri just got smarter
  • QuickType is Autocorrect done right.
Those and a lot more. You can view all the details on Apple's website

This is such an exciting time to be an Apple fanboy. The future for OS X and iOS looks bright.

Carlo Borja is the Head of Online Marketing for Time Doctor, a time tracking software for remote teams. He is a full-time telecommuter, a digital nomad and a coffee junkie.

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