WWDC 2014 Keynote Concludes, Classes Underway

WWDC 2014 Keynote Concludes, Classes Underway

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off this morning at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. As with previous years, the keynote speech marks the official start. During Tim Cook’s keynote speech, Apple demonstrated new versions of both iOS and Mac OS X.

Apple’s next desktop operating system, Mac OS X 10.10, received a slew of updates and improvements. This version will be called Yosemite and will feature a new search framework. In addition, Yosemite will have a faster Safari browser and a new feature called iCloud Drive. As you can probably guess, iCloud Drive gives you a way to store and synchronize files across multiple devices. The integration between Mac OS X and iOS has been greatly increased with this version making the two work better than ever before. Retail copies of Yosemite are expected to arrive this fall.

The latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, will also include many new features. Among them are a health-centric app known as HealthBook (and its associated HealthKit API) which can act as a fitness tracker, major enhancements to Messaging, updated Spotlight searching, the ability to support new keyboards (e.g. Swype), and several other improvements. There’s also a new HomeKit API that allows iOS to integrate with connected homes. A beta version of iOS 8 is available today and the full version is expected to arrive this fall.

While all of the new features look promising, there were no hardware announcements and no new applications. All the predictions about the iWatch, AppleTV, and iPhone turned out to be nothing more than rumors. Overall, I think most Apple fans were disappointed. However, Apple will be hosting over 100 sessions and dozens of labs this week for an audience of 5000+ developers. This should be a great week for creativity.

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