Apple Reveals New OS X, iOS at WWDC 2014

Apple Reveals New OS X, iOS at WWDC 2014

OS X Yosemite MacBook Pro 310x

OS X gets a facelift, and iOS sees added functionality.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is typically used as a launching pad for new Apple hardware and software, and WWDC 14 was no different.

First revealed was the next version of Apple's PC operating system, called OS X 10.10, or "Yosemite." The next major OS X update, which will be free to users in the Fall, borrows heavily from the UX and UI introduced in iOS 7 last year, from font choices to the color palette. Yosemite also touts a translucent window effect, changing the color hues of the selected window to whatever color is behind it. Many of the OS X apps have been updated, including Maps, the Notification Center, Safari, and iMessage.

OS X Yosemite is available to eligible developers today, and a public beta will follow this summer.

iOS 8 is the other large software update today, as the next iDevice operating system was detailed on stage. The overall look and feel of iOS 8 is largely the same as iOS 7, with updates coming in new apps and notification enhancements. Similar to what Android users can do in the newer versions of Google's OS, iOS 8 users will be able to interact with notifications directly. Responding to iMessages in the notification wirhout opening the app, or liking a Facebook comment, and so on.

One of the most important new apps is HealthKit, which is a "composite profile of your activity and health," according to Craig Federighi, Apple's SVP of Software Engineering. HealthKit will have its own feature set, but third-party health apps (Nike+, etc.) will be looped in as well.

Apple also announced HomeKit, which is a new API for home automation certification. Developers and manufacturers will now be able to integrate iOS in with smart home products (smart locks, thermostats, garage doors).

Other APIs include the aforementioned HealthKit, CloudKit, and programs for camera software, and custom keyboards (think SwiftKey).

Most important, however, is how Apple is bridging the gap between OS X and iOS, starting with AirDrop. With AirDrop, Apple is gunning for a Continous Client future, allowing users to seamlessly transition from phone to tablet to PC, without losing elements of the experience. If you're using an iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac PC on the same network, the opened apps, messages, and services will carry over from one device to another. Put differently: When you get home from work and sit down in front of your iMac, whatever apps or emails you had open while sitting on the train, will open automatically on your computer.

So, for those who scrolled to the bottom: OS X now looks like iOS, iOS gives developers access to all the things, and there's another legitimate continuous client on the horizon.

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So they ran out of big cats to name it after, and switched to... National Parks?

10.10 sounds boring and pointless. I don't want Jony Ive's pastel monstrosity afflicting my OS as well, thank you.

An OS X that looks like iOS. Didn't Apple notice their good buddy Microsoft trying a similar move with their PC OS looking like a mobile OS, a move that most people hated enough that the old version is still being sold with new computers?(Granted, Metro was supposed make working a tablet easier, and MS just jambed it into the Desktop Market too with no changes.)

The new dock looks stupid. The old suedo 3D one had some polish. I haven't turned on my old Powermac G5 in a long time, but I think I remember you could hide it if you liked. Hopefully you can do that with this one, because I got a feeling many of the Mac fanboys who are smart enough not to be spoon fed all of Apple's hype will say looks like a step backwards.

That home automation thing looks juicy. Not in terms of technological advancement, though. With the growing number of OS X and iOS targeted virus/security threats, it would mean Apple would have to step up their security and and its customer base would have to acknowledge they are vulnerable just like everyone else on the internets. (I doubt too many thieves would actually break into homes, but the shits and giggles from messing with someone's HVAC or smart fridge is just too tempting for some guys.)

Shamanic Rhythm:
So they ran out of big cats to name it after, and switched to... National Parks?

10.10 sounds boring and pointless. I don't want Jony Ive's pastel monstrosity afflicting my OS as well, thank you.

Actually, I want to know what a Maverricks[1] is. A surfing location in Cali, I guess. They must've given up big cat deal already. Sad, too, they still had cougar*hears snickering in the audience*, ocelot, lynx and other wild cats to chose from before hitting 10.10.

[1] Every time I read that, I think it's Mega Man X's newest reploid enemy.

Hairless Mammoth:
Actually, I want to know what a Maverricks is. A surfing location in Cali, I guess. They must've given up big cat deal already. Sad, too, they still had cougar*hears snickering in the audience*, ocelot, lynx and other wild cats to chose from before hitting 10.10.

Technically mountain lions and cougars are the same animal, and they wouldn't call it lynx because of the obvious trademark dispute that would raise with the deodorant company.

Funnily enough, the name 'Mavericks' reminds me of one of my favourite units in the original Total Annihilation. Sadly the OS 'Mavericks' reminds me of the bloated inefficiency that comes with filling out my tax return.

Mac OS and iOS are looking more like toys with every new iteration. I'm going to be holding onto Lion for as long as possible.

WWDC is the E3 of Apple fans

Some thoughts on this:

1) The switch away from big cats is well behind us, so why are you guys going on about it?

2) You're complaining about a free system update, when Microsoft still charges $120?

3) We finally have a clear answer to whether the new system will be OS X 11, or OS XI, or OS X 10.10.

4) Thank God they are moving still further away from the skeuomorphic horrors earlier versions of OS X.

5) Any Apple user worth their salt moves the dock to the left or the right of the screen.

 

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