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[WWDC 2014] Apple announces Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

Apple has took the wraps off Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 during today's WWDC keynote. The latest Mac OS X Yosemite comes with redesigned interface. It introduces translucent windows menus, redesigned dock icons, an updated Spotlight search feature, iCloud Drive cloud storage integration, and a new widget bar.

The new translucent toolbars let you know there’s more to see than what’s visible in the window as you scroll. And a translucent sidebar lets you see what’s hidden behind the active window. So the interface takes on the look of your desktop image and your content — making your Mac experience different from anyone else’s.

Mac OS X Yosemite has also streamlined the toolbars in some of your favorite apps without losing their capabilities. For instance, in Safari you can now access your favorite sites by clicking in the smart search field. With just one click of the Tab View button, you can see the Safari tabs that are open on all your devices.

Also, Apple has also updated the notification center in Mac OS X Yosemite. The new Today feature in Notification Center tells you everything you need to know now. It gives you a concise summary of the day’s upcoming events, reminders, and birthdays. It even summarizes tomorrow’s events. In addition, you’ll get quick access to important information with widgets like Calendar, Weather, Stocks, World Clock, Calculator, and Reminders. And you can customize what you see by adding more widgets from the Mac App Store. You can access Notification Center with just a swipe. It’s always available, even when you’re working in full screen.

The Spotlight is the fastest way to find things on your Mac keeps getting better. The redesigned Spotlight appears front and center when you open it. It’s great for looking up information from sources like Wikipedia, Bing, news, Maps, movies, and more. And it gives you richer, more interactive previews of your results. So you can read a document, send an email, or make a phone call by clicking a result.

Additionally, Apple has also integrated Mac OS and iOS feature as well. You can now make and receive iPhone calls right on your Mac. You can also decline the call or respond with a quick iMessage. Making a phone call from Mac is just as easy. With OS X Yosemite and an iPhone running iOS 8, you can send and receive SMS and MMS text messages right from your Mac.

When your Mac and iOS devices are near each other, they can automatically pass whatever you’re doing from one device to another. Say you start writing a report on your Mac, but you want to continue on your iPad as you head to your meeting. Handoff lets you switch over and pick up instantly where you left off. Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. And app developers can easily build Handoff into their apps.

The latest iOS 8 comes with Handoff feature, which allows iOS 8 devices to share a multitude of tasks and data with OS X Yosemite, including phone calls messages, files, etc.

The new iCloud Drive you can safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

Apple has finally added widgets to the iOS 8 but it is located in the Notification center. The notifications have become interactive as well. You can take action on texts, email, calendar invitations, reminders, and even messages from apps like Facebook right from their notification banners — without leaving the app you’re in. Now it’s easy to quickly reply to important messages and keep doing what you were doing.

Apple has also updated the keyboard in iOS 8. Now you can write entire sentences with a few taps. Because as you type, you’ll see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style. It also adjusts based on the person you’re communicating with, because your choice of words is likely more laid back with your spouse than with your boss. Your conversation data is kept only on your device, so it’s always private.

And for the first time, third party keyboard will be available. This means that SwiftKet and Swype will soon make their way to iPhones and iPads around the world.

The iOS 8 features a HealthKit suite which gathers all data collected from the device’s tracking apps and various third-party accessories. The Spotlight feature now allows users to search for uninstalled apps, songs from the iTunes store, as well as a whole lot more of useful content.

Apple has also gave developers more ways to do more. For the first time, you’ll have the option of using Touch ID to sign in to third-party apps — there’s no need to enter a password. Your fingerprint data is protected and is never accessed by iOS or other apps.

The third-party camera apps can have precise control over exposure, focus, and white balance in addition to the controls they already have. Developers can also enable their photo apps to edit photos directly in the Camera Roll without having to import them first.

The Apple iOS 8 will be compatible with all iPhone devices from iPhone 4s onwards and tablet from iPad 2 onwards. Both Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 will be available to everyone this fall, while the developer Beta of iOS 8 has been released today.

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