Apple's WWDC 2014

This week is Apple's 25th Worldwide Developers Conference and yesterday they held their keynote presentation. I sat at home next to the hubby quite excited about the prospects of new 'stuff' and I was NOT disappointed. Apple told us about lots of new things coming our way soon including iOS 8, OS X 10.10 and many other things.

You may think that a 'Developers Conference' would be all about what the developers should expect in the coming months and it is, for the most part. However, this time Apple gave us lots of information about what is new for the end user. Very exciting if you're an Apple girl like me!

I would love to list everything that Apple talked about but I think that would be a long rambling post and you'd get lost in the midst of it all. Instead what I'll do is post information today about iOS 8 features and tomorrow I'll get into the OS X stuff. There was so much that even Apple, in their two hour presentation, couldn't talk about every feature and so I've just picked a few of the best, in my opinion.

We all spend lots of time these days texting our friends and family and wouldn't it be great if we could do it faster? Well a new feature coming in the Messages app in iOS 8 is Apple's QuickType. Smart predictive text that can see the context of your message and predict what word you may want to reply with. It really did sound like this could be pretty awesome although I'm sure it will take some getting used to.

Who doesn't love photos? With Pinterest, tumblr, flikr and... well anyway, the quality of our photos has become more and more important. We want to get the very best out of them even if the original leaves a lot to be desired. There are so many things we can do to improve our photos by messing around with tints and colours in the current Photos app but Apple aren't happy leaving it there. They have decided to improve things further. Now you can edit photos so much easier that even someone like me, who is a total photo dunce, can end up with some great looking photos. Simply drag the line across the bar at the bottom of the screen and the app automatically adjusts brightness, contrast, highlights, exposure and shadows for you. No need for you (or the hubby in my case) fiddling with settings to try and get the right lighting.

Ever dreamed of a fully automated house? I know I have. Garage doors open or front doors unlock as you get close. Lights dim or switch off completely at a simple command (yes I know there's light switches for that). There are lots of new devices out there at the moment that allow you to control your thermostat, for example, with your phone. Apple have decided that now is the time to try and bring all the different apps and devices together so that you can use your iPhone to control everything. They have been working with the leading developers in home automation and have come up with HomeKit, a common network protocol with secure pairing. Or, in normal person speech, a thing that means only your iPhone will be able to open your garage or unlock your front doors.  It also allows you to tell Siri "Get ready for bed" and Siri will make sure your doors are locked and the lights are dimmed! Altogether now, "oooooohhhhh!" Futuristic eh? 

Apple's next big thing is Family Sharing which allows your whole family to have separate iTunes accounts all linked to one credit card. Scared yet? Fear not, Apple have it covered. Yes your children have access to your credit card but what they can't do is purchase something without your permission. When they choose to touch that 'buy' button their device will send a request to yours and only when you allow it will the purchase actually go through. Family Sharing also allows you to share each others purchases such as songs, books or apps.

And last but certainly not least is Apple's answer to all those different health apps that are cluttering up your phone. The one that monitors your steps, the one that checks your weight, the one that tracks your targets. Apple have brought all of these things together and given us HealthKit. We all worry about our health and fitness constantly (well I do anyway!) and we all have various devices such as the fitbit or special scales that communicate with our phone and record stats. Apple are not about to make those purchases a waste of money but they are going to allow you to have one app that has all that information in one place.

So there you have it, the iOS 8 part of the keynote in normal person language. There is so much to look forward to but I think my favourite is HealthKit. I've been wanting one of these devices for ages and at the moment the only thing I have are my scales. I'm excited to see how this thing works and can't wait to start monitoring my activities more. I also wonder if this means that Apple will be releasing the much rumoured iWatch any time soon, perhaps in September with the iPhone 6? It is definitely one I'll be keeping my eye out for.

Which feature are you most looking forward to and why? Are there any features you were hoping to see but didn't?

iOS 8 will be available for free in Autumn and as you can see from the pic above it will even be available on the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2.

Mama and More


  1. Anonymous22:41

    So promising! I have the ipads but I dont have the laptop! I really wish I can get one for school. Thanks for this so nice to read this new updates =) #pocolo

    1. The laptops are awesome and seems like they're about to get even better! Thank you for saying so, I love watching the Apple Keynotes and the announcements of new products and I think I'll do it again in the future. The next announcement/press event is likely to be September, that's when they've announced new iPhones in the past. xx