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News from Apple’s 2014 World Wide Developers Conference

Apple recently unveiled a ton of new developments to their mobile and desktop product lines. Tech Talker goes inside the World Wide Developers Conference to check out iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. 

By
Eric Escobar
June 12, 2014
Episode #128

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Last week Apple hosted the World Wide Developers Conference where they revealed updates to some of their product lines. The two biggest updates were to their mobile device operating system iOS 8 and their desktop operating system OS X 10.10.

In this week’s episode I’ll cover the biggest news from this conference and what it means for the tech world.

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iOS 8

First up is Apple’s new mobile device operating system, the iOS 8. Apple has widened the scope of the apps it is including with the new operating system. First up is their app called Health. This app aggregates information from a number of other apps such as sleep apps, pedometer apps, and fitness tracking apps to give you a dashboard of personalized fitness information.

Next there are improvements to Siri. Now Siri is integrated with Shazam so you can ask Siri to identify songs for you on the go and you can even ask Siri to buy them through iTunes after she identifies the tracks. Furthermore, Siri now works with car Bluetooth systems hands free. You can simply say “Hey Siri, can you play [insert song here]" and she will take it from there.

Some other notable features coming in iOS 8 include integration with home automation through HomeKit. You will also be able to sync draft messages either in SMS or email with any other Apple device. Overall Apple is looking to create a more seamless experience between their mobile platforms and their desktop platforms.

Apple has also updated their Photos app to allow for greater iCloud integration. Now edits that you make to pictures will appear across devices connected to iCloud, where they are also backed up. This also applies to albums and videos - when you make a change it appears across all of your devices.

Here’s the catch: Sure, you can store all of your edits, albums, photos, and videos to your iCloud, however it comes at a price. iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage, which is fine for a casual user. But if you’re taking a ton of pictures and video that you wish to be synced with iCloud, it’s going to cost you.

To get 20GB of iCloud space will be $0.99 per month and 200GB is $4 per month. This extends all the way up to a full terabyte. While this may not seem extremely expensive, you can get much better storage to cost ratios from iCloud’s competitors Dropbox and Google Drive.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Now let’s switch gears and talk about Apple’s next desktop OS, Yosemite. First off I love the fact that Apple is naming its operating systems after California hot spots! Especially one as close to me as Yosemite.

Anyways, Yosemite includes many aesthetic changes to match the mobile operating system, making icons appear more flat. Another interesting change is that Apple is implementing their own iCloud drive similar to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Copy. Not much more is known about the iCloud drive yet, but I’m sure there will be more information in the near future.

One of the coolest new features with Yosemite is called Instant Hotspot......

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