Apple introduced a pair of new iOS software initiatives — Health and HomeKit — at this year's WWDC that would seem ready-made for new hardware, and now comes a new report claiming the Cupertino company may have designs on "smart home" hardware as well.
Google's $35 Chromecast has been on a roll lately, adding support for a plethora of new apps and services. VLC users will be happy to know that they aren't being forgotten, with VideoLAN recently confirming in a forum post that Chromecast support is underway for the iOS app, with Mac, Windows, and Linux coming a little further down the line. If that just brightened your day, wait until you read today's recap!
It's been a week since Apple unloaded many of its plans for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but very little was actually said about one of Cupertino's more controversial software efforts — and there may be a good reason for that.
It's a very special WWDC 2014 version of this week's wrap-up of all the news that was hot in Apple land. Two great new operating systems that work great together were unveiled and there were a host of announced and unannounced features to share. So without further ado let's dive right in.
The folks in Cupertino appear to be trolling those who criticize them for leaving the rumored iWatch out of this year's WWDC keynote, with a new commercial focusing on how the iPhone 5s works with fitness and health apps.
And so the WWDC keynote is over. Tim Cook may have called this a "milestone" year for WWDC, and it's true that we saw some impressive things with the improved software development kit and the integration between iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite. But where was the iWatch, the bigger iPhone, or anything that counts as "one more thing"? Looks like we'll have to keep waiting to find out. Still, we did learn about Swift, the new programming language Apple designed.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the extensive improvements for SDK for iOS and Mac today, calling it "the biggest release since the launch of the App Store." Craig Federighi (whom Cook jokingly called "Superman" in reference to the time he's spent onstage today), took the stage to discuss the features.
After detailing an exhaustive list of changes coming this fall with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, Apple executives turned their laser focus to the App Store and how developers will be able to do more with these virtual storefronts.
Craig Federighi detailed the changes to Photos, noting that Apple is now syncing all the photos you take across multiple devices through the cloud. Even better, the new cloud focus maintains the edits you've done regardless of which Apple machine you tweaked it on. This way, he said, "your device has access to more photos in the cloud than you can store locally."
Tim Cook kicked off his discussion of the changes to iOS 8 with some figures. Apple, he says, has now sold over 800 million iOS devices. The iPod touch has passed 100 million units, 200 million units of the iPad have been sold, and iPhone has passed half a billion units. "This is incredible," Cook said, "but what's even more impressive is how many new customers to Apple these devices have brought to us."