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iOS devices are about to get a whole lot more useful thanks to iCloud Drive, which allows iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to finally access files and documents between apps.
Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi announced Monday a full roster of iOS 8 improvements, including a new iCloud Drive feature that enables users to access files no matter which application they happen to be using at the time.
After a brief detour to discuss new enterprise improvements such as expanded password protection, support for third-party cloud services such as OneDrive and Box and more, Federighi debuted Apple's rumored HealthKit, powered by a new iOS 8 app known as simply Health.
Not limited to only Apple's built-in app, HealthKit can be used with third-party health and fitness apps from Nike and leading medical institutions like Mayo Clinic, all without sacrificing user privacy.
Federighi jumped from fitness to families with the debut of a new feature called Family Sharing, which allows up to six members of a household to share calendars and even iTunes purchases when using the same credit card. No need to have multiple iTunes accounts for family members!
Parents can finally rejoice, because Family Sharing also enables an approval notification when the kids attempt to purchase an app or other content, allowing adults to review, confirm, or deny the purchase.
iOS 8 is expected to debut alongside OS X Yosemite later this year, and should be a free update for all device owners.
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