With iOS 8 slated for release in less than one month, we can expect to see a lot of exciting additions with this latest version. Here are just a few examples of what is expected to come.
Handoff will allow the user to start an activity on one device and complete it on another, with no need to reconfigure each device. For example, you can start reading an article on your iPad and then transition to your Mac, as long as the devices are signed into iCloud and have the same Apple ID, it will open the same Safari page and be in the same scroll position you had it in on the first device.
Apple apps that come “stock” will automatically implement Handoff when the device is updated through public APIs. A third-party developer can use the same APIs to execute Handoff in apps they develop.
On the more technical side of things, Swift is a new programming language for the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks. It can work in conjunction with Objective-C or it can stand alone. Swift is a successor to the C and Objective-C languages. It includes low-level primitives such as types, flow control, and operators. It also provides object-oriented features such as classes, protocols, and generics, giving Cocoa and Cocoa Touch developers the performance and power they demand.
Through the use of a new feature called “playgrounds,” developers are able to see the results of their code as soon as they type it. This allows them to verify their work before it goes to a test site and try out new APIs.
With iOS 8, the keyboard will attempt to predict what you will say next. According to Apple, it will use your past conversations and display what you might type next. It will keep a casual tone when texting and a more formal tone when emailing. Apparently, it can also adjust tones depending on who you’re communicating with. This sounds all well and good, but if the history of autocorrect in any indication to how this new keyboard with “predict” what I’m going to say next, I’m a bit skeptical to say the least.
The new HealthKit feature will combine all of your fitness apps into one convenient dashboard that you can pull up right from your lock screen. With this app, your health apps will work together to give you a more comprehensive look at your health. One feature of this app is that you can create an emergency card that contains important health information like medical conditions, medications, allergies, etc.
Developers can also utilize HealthKit to allow apps to share information with other health conscious apps or with your doctor. For example, your pedometer app can share data with your calorie counter app to tell it how many calories you burned.
These updates are just a few of what Apple is willing to talk about at this point. I’m sure that come this fall we will be seeing a lot more features. Is there a certain update that you’re excited about? Share in the comments below.
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