This is going to be the last bit of coverage that I will do on WWDC 2014. I did not attend the conference, so I will be covering the opening keynote speech. This happened yesterday evening (UK time). Of course, Apple decided to do a livestream of the keynote itself and I applaud that decision. Apple is very picky about the events that they live stream. However, they do put up a full-length video of any events that it holds.
With that said, let’s talk about the good stuff starting with OSX Yosemite which is the newest of Apple’s operating systems for it’s Mac computers. I’ve covered the stuff that was brought to the table with Yosemite in great detail, so here is my take on it. For me, one of the killer features is the continuity feature. To me, the ability to work on a spreadsheet on my mac and then continue working on it on the iPad is really killer. I think that this is a killer feature which will bring iOS and OSX a lot closer together than before.
I think that the iCloud Drive feature is a direct shot across the bow aimed squarely at similar services such as DropBox(which gives you 2GB for free) and OneDrive(which gives you 7GB for free – unless if you are grandfathered into 25GB of storage). I think that they are trying to keep people from going to other services that are out there and keep you inside of their ecosystem. With that being said it’s still quite a neat feature.
Let’s move onto the iOS side of the announcements. I’ve also talked in great detail about iOS 8Again, the main thing that stands out here is the continuity which I talked about earlier. However, the only downside of that you have to use safari to do that. With that being said, if I am working on an email and need to continue it on an iPhone or iPad, then that could be useful in a pinch.
However, it seems like Apple has been borrowing a lot from Android such as the ability to install third party keyboards like Swype (which is coming to iOS with the launch of iOS 8). That said, I don’t know if that is something I see myself using having switched to an Android phone myself.
I think that a killer feature of iOS 8 will be the family sharing. We’ve all heard about the whole in-app purchases, where kids have been running up huge bills because they’ve been buying in-game currency for a game that they really like such as farmville. With iOS 8, I think that Apple have solved this problem by bringing up a prompt that asks a parent to approve any purchases made by a child.
Overall, there are some killer features in OSX Yosemite and iOS 8, but nothing that is really innovative. I know that I am going to have a lot of fanboys screaming at me right now, but iOS 8 has some features that Android already has such as using your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and third party keyboards. As for OSX Yosemite, the new design with the translucent windows is a nice touch but nothing to write home about.