Best iOS 8 Features Extensions

This key iOS 8 feature will change how you use your iPhone

By on June 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM.

This key iOS 8 feature will change how you use your iPhone

Apple announced many exciting new features for iOS and OS X last week at its annual World Wide Developers Conference, but the feature that will do the most to change how we use iOS is called Extensions. As the name suggests, extensions allow apps to extend their functionality to other apps. But Apple being Apple, these extensions still face many restrictions in order to maintain long battery life and to keep apps secure. To understand Extensions, Ars Technica dug deep into the developer docs and the WWDC session videos and has provided the most detailed look into how Extensions will work. More →

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Apple iOS Maps

Apple accidentally revealed that transit directions are coming to iOS

By on June 9, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

Apple accidentally revealed that transit directions are coming to iOS

One of the most sought-after features for iOS 8 was transit directions in the Maps app, a feature Apple removed when it switched from Google Maps to its own home-grown mapping solution. But last Monday, Apple did not announce transit directions during its annual World Wide Developers Conference. However, it turns out that Apple may have accidentally leaked screenshots of the upcoming new Maps feature during a WWDC session video. More →

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Apple WWDC 2014 Developers

Apple’s secret MVPs get showered with gifts

By on June 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

Apple’s secret MVPs get showered with gifts

There were times when WWDC this year seemed like one of Steve Ballmer’s most infamous rants — it was all about “Developers, developers, developers, developers.” While anyone who was hoping for a big new product reveal came away from WWDC disappointed this year, you could nonetheless hear the excited squeals from developers at the conference when Apple unveiled its new Swift programming language. More than any other WWDC in recent memory, this one really was about keeping developers happy and Bloomberg reports that Apple has a very good reason to do this: It’s facing very tough competition from Google. More →

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New iOS 8 Features

20 cool iOS 8 features that Apple barely even mentioned at WWDC 2014

By on June 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM.

20 cool iOS 8 features that Apple barely even mentioned at WWDC 2014

Just like with previous iOS versions before it, Apple was able to demo only some of the main features of its upcoming iOS 8 update during this year’s WWDC keynote, but buried inside iOS 8 there will be plenty of other cool features Apple did not mention during the event. However, Apple listed some of the upcoming iOS 8 features it didn’t have time to discuss at length on a slide that popped up briefly at the very end of its presentation, as you can see in the image above. More →

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WWDC 2014 Archived Video

You can rewatch the WWDC 2014 keynote now on Apple’s website

By on June 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

You can rewatch the WWDC 2014 keynote now on Apple’s website

Just in case you missed any of the huge OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 reveals during the keynote at WWDC 2014 on Monday, Apple has you covered. A streaming video of the event is now available on Apple’s website, with downloads soon to follow. Remember, you’ll need to access the site via Safari on a Mac in order to watch the stream. Highlights from the event included the unveiling of Yosemite and our first look at iOS 8, which introduced us to actionable notifications, new keyboard features, widgets, HealthKit, HomeKit and the immediate release of iOS 8 for developers. If you’re not sure whether your device will run iOS 8, we’ve compiled a list for that as well. Head to the source link to start watching right now.

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OS X Yosemite Beta Download Release Date

OS X Yosemite Beta registrations open to first 1 million applicants

By on June 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

OS X Yosemite Beta registrations open to first 1 million applicants

Unlike iOS 8 beta, which is now available only to iOS users that have a developer account or access to one, Apple’s OS X Yosemite will be available in beta to regular Mac users. Apple has updated its website with information about its upcoming OS X version, and it’s currently taking registrations for the OS X Yosemite Beta Program. Fortunately, the beta program will be available to the first 1 million people who sign up for it by going to this webpage, which means plenty of Mac users will get try the operating system before it’s officially launched this fall. More →

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iOS 8 Compatible Devices

Here’s what device you need to run iOS 8

By on June 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM.

Here’s what device you need to run iOS 8

Apple on Monday unveiled iOS 8, its next major mobile operating system, which will bring several important features, including new notifications, widgets support, a smarter keyboard and support for third-party keyboards, Touch ID support for third-party apps, but also new health-related features. More →

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WWDC 2014 Keynote

Apple announces HomeKit to enter the smart home market

By on June 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM.

Apple announces HomeKit to enter the smart home market

What, you thought the action would be over by now? Fat chance… Apple’s big WWDC 2014 keynote is somehow still going strong and the company just announced HomeKit. The new HomeKit tools for developers that lets developers create sophisticated iOS apps that integrate with and control various leading connected home devices. The solution is not a platform that will power connected devices, as had initially been reported. Instead, it will work with existing popular devices from leading manufacturers to allow iOS devices to control things like lights, thermostats, cameras, appliances, garage doors and plenty more. HomeKit will launch later this year as a feature of iOS 8. More →

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iOS 8 Widgets

Apple is bringing Widgets to Notification Center for iOS 8

By on June 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM.

Apple is bringing Widgets to Notification Center for iOS 8

Apple’s next big iOS 8 announcement: Widgets have finally arrived… but not quite where we were expecting them. As unveiled on stage at WWDC 2014, Apple is going to allow you to place widgets inside the Notification Center. Any third party apps you have installed on your iOS 8 phone or tablet will be able to define how the widgets function. You can delete or rearrange any widgets you have installed from the Today screen. There weren’t a huge amount of widgets on display, but we did get to see eBay, SportsCenter and Stocks in action. More →

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HealthKit iOS 8

Apple debuts HealthKit service and Health app for iOS 8

By on June 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM.

Apple debuts HealthKit service and Health app for iOS 8

Apple has really hit its stride now during its big WWDC 2014 keynote, and the company just announced HealthKit and an associated Health app. HealthKit allows developers and healthcare providers to provide access to health information on users’ iOS devices. The system’s Health app services as the front end for users, giving users access to all of the related information. HealthKit will also support third-party fitness apps, so all health and fitness related data is accessible right in a single app. More →

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iOS 8 Features: QuickType

iOS 8 finally brings smarter keyboard features

By on June 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

iOS 8 finally brings smarter keyboard features

Apple on Monday at WWDC 2014, unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC 2014, its next major mobile operating system. One of the iOS 8 features highlighted during the keynote was apple’s new QuickType, which finally brings smarter keyboard features to iPhone and iPad.

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