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For most of us, life goes back to normal as Monday's WWDC keynote fades into memory and we wait for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 to land later this year. But the show is just starting for developers, who have a long week ahead of them getting acquainted with Apple's new Swift programming language. Here at MacLife.com, we've been rounding up some tidbits you might have missed yesterday...
With any major iOS update, there are typically way too many new features for Apple to comfortably fit into a keynote, and iOS 8 is no exception. MacRumors rounded up a number of these features, which were displayed Monday on a single slide and include such tasty morsels as Battery Usage By App (finally!), panoramic photos on iPad, instant burst mode for the Camera app, and travel time as part of Maps notifications. Although there's no sign of the rumored Preview or TextEdit apps, a "Tips app" did indeed make the cut, presumably a central place for users to discover more about their device. There's plenty more in store, so take a peek at the slide above.
DTS Inc. announced Tuesday the release of a new app capable of bringing 11.1 virtual surround sound to everyday earbuds and headphones. Available for iPhone and Android, the free DTS Headphone: X app delivers Soundgarden's landmark album Superunknown like you've never heard it before, perfectly timed for the 20th anniversary. Fans who purchase the special reissued 5-disc Super Deluxe Edition from A&M Records will receive a code to unlock all 16 tracks within the app, and a demo of the track "Spoonman" is available from the Soundgarden website as a taste of what you can expect.
In case Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote didn't make it clear, third-party keyboards are finally coming to iOS by way of extensions. The makers of one such popular Android alternative, SwiftKey confirmed Monday that they're already hard at work on such a product for iOS 8, following up the company's debut on the App Store with the free SwiftKey Note. No word on how soon it might arrive after the release of iOS 8, but SwiftKey fans can keep abreast of the situation on the company's ideas community and even have a chance to test the extension before it goes public.
Google probably didn't mean to bury its latest Google+ update by releasing it during Monday's WWDC 2014 keynote, but in case you missed it, version 4.7.0 is now available from the App Store. The release delivers the promised Google+ Stories functionality, allowing users to combine photos, video, and locations into an automatically generated scrapbook of memories, along with a new photo editor. The app also offers support for reporting abusive communities, as well as the ability to view total content views on profiles. As always, the free app can be downloaded straight from the App Store.
Blink and you might have missed it: Apple briefly displayed a slide at yesterday's WWDC 2014 keynote revealing which devices would be compatible with iOS 8, and there were two missing in action. Business Insider posted the complete list on Monday, noting the iPhone 4 will officially be left behind with this fall's update, and curiously the third-generation iPad also didn't make the cut, even though the earlier iPad 2 did. As for OS X Yosemite, Apple says any Mac capable of running OS X Mavericks will be able to install the free update just fine.
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