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Apple outs OS X Yosemite, iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

Apple outs OS X Yosemite, iOS 8 at WWDC 2014
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Apple announced its latest operating systems at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday. The event highlighted two new OS updates with a number of updated features.

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

This is the second time that a Mac OS has been named after a California location. Aside from the name change, the redesigned interface adopts the flat app design of the iOS 7.  The windows and navigational elements are now translucent.

Safari receives an overhaul with its redesigned interface for the Yosemite OS. Now, you can view and stack tabs from a tab view page and assign private browsing tabs with the new Private Mode.

Sending an email is now safer and more reliable with the Maildrop feature. This new feature lets you send encrypted email with a maximum of 5GB attachments.

iOS 8

The new notification system on the iOS 8 is more interactive. It now allows you to apply changes to apps within the Notification Center via widgets. Just like on an Android OS, third-party keyboards, TouchID fingerprint scanning, and widgets from developers will now work on iOS 8. These will be available for download from the App Store.

A new feature called QuickType in iMessages learns and predicts the way you talk with different people for more accurate auto-correct suggestions. You can now name, add, or leave threads, mute “noisy threads,” and share your location to users in a thread with a single button.

Families sharing the same Apple credit card can now access each other’s music, movies, and apps through Family Sharing (maximum of 6 family members).

The new HealthKit app on the iOS 8 gathers information from your different health apps and devices such as FitBit and combines them to have one clear picture of your overall health. It can also send medical parameters to medical institutions and contact a hospital in case of health emergencies.

The iOS 8 will also contain a development platform for smart device makers called HomeKit. This can control smart locks, doors, light, and temperature.

New features on both operating systems


You have been working on your Mac all day and all night to meet deadlines but you need to still be able to do some chores. What do you do to keep your workflow seamless? Turn on your iPad running iOS 8 and continue working with the Handoff feature. This uses proximity awareness and displays a notification on the lower left corner of a nearby Apple device that lets you open and continue whatever you were doing on your other Apple device.


Apple improves on last year’s AirDrop by allowing transfer between Mac and iOS devices. Previously, wireless transfer is only possible from Mac-to-Mac or iOS-to-iOS devices.

iCloud Drive

Looks like Dropbox is in deep trouble. The iCloud Drive now allows storage, access, and editing of files in the cloud. It can sync content across devices, including iOS platforms and Windows PCs.


The new Spotlight search feature helps you find what you’re looking for by showing music, TV shows, movies, and podcasts from iTunes, apps from the App Store, and popular news and websites that are relevant to your search. It can also provide movie schedules, Wikipedia articles, and information on nearby restaurants based on your keywords. This feature also works while searching on Safari.

Words Kevin Bricia

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