Apple’s Big News from WWDC

Apple announced big news at its 2014 World Wide Developer Conference, or WWDC.  The annual conference kicked off on Monday, June 2 in San Francisco, and the tech giant announced exciting news about its upcoming operating systems, Yosemite and iOS 8.

Mac’s newest version of OS X, called Yosemite, will feature several impressive new features that will greatly enhance the user experience.  One great feature will be the addition of an online server called Mail Drop, which will automatically save all large attachments from Mail to the Cloud so recipients can save room on their computers and easily download the attachments at their convenience.  Another exciting enhancement will be the addition of private windows in Safari, as well as the ability for users to organize their tabs into “stacks.”  Probably the biggest updates to OS X will be those that add to continuity among devices.  With the iCloud Drive available in the Finder to synchronize content across all devices (not just Apple devices) and the new Handoff feature, which uses proximity awareness to naturally swap tasks between the phone and the desktop, having multiple devices has never been easier.  For instance, with Handoff, users can start an email on their desktop and finish it on their phone when they need to run.  These are just a few of the updates we can look forward to on the new Yosemite.

It’s not just the Macs that will be receiving great updates, however.  iOS 8 updates were also released during WWDC, so iPhone and iPad junkies, rejoice!  One of the new features may not seem too glamorous, but it’s definitely important!  The new app, Health, will not only display your personal health data (compiled from your many healthy lifestyle apps), but also translate that data into something that actually makes sense, so that you can keep yourself in tip-top shape.  In iOS 8, notifications will actually be interactive from both the notification center and lock screen, allowing you to reply to posts, like a comment or dismiss an alert without going into the individual apps.  Siri will also see an improvement, as you will no longer have to touch the phone to activate her services.  She will now respond purely from the command “Hey, Siri.”  Messaging and typing also improve with a predictive text feature called QuickType, which learns your own linguistic idiosyncrasies to autocomplete your responses.  Group messages will also see improvements, as you will be able to drop people (including yourself) from a group chat and name threads.  And sending voice messages through text will also be possible.  And for the parents out there, get ready to be excited!  iOS 8 will finally include family sharing, so up to six devices that share the same credit card can all view the same media purchases—and parents can receive an alert to approve or decline a purchase on their kids’ devices!

It looks like we have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming updates, and these are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of features.  What features are you most looking forward to seeing in the new operating systems?

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TL;DR: All the News You Need From WWDC” By Mat Honan