The keynote address of WWDC included some impressive new tools for creating new apps, as well as a new programming language. As for the company’s new operating system, Apple’s OS X gets an entirely new and modern look. Yosemite includes a “today view” in its Notification Center, allowing users to see reminders, calendar events and even the weather forecast. The Notification Center can also now be customized with apps and third-party widgets.
There are also some changes to the Safari web browser both visually and functionally. As well, Apple announced “reliable syncing” to its Mail app and iCloud Drive, used for cloud storage, syncing your documents between Macs, Windows and iOS.
Other features announced by Apple on Monday include Handoff, allowing users to share information across devices. Airdrop also now allows users to share information between Macs and mobile devices. It used to be you could only share information solely between Macs or between mobile devices. If you like sharing between family members, you can do that too. As long as each of the family accounts is linked to the same credit card, family sharing allows up to six people to share photos, reminders and calendars.
As far as iOS 8, you no longer have to go fully into the Messages app to respond to messages. New technology allows users to respond right from the Notifications and lock screen. You can also interact with things like eBay or sports scores without the need for launching an app fully.
If you like hands-free technology, there is more of that too. You can now call up Siri without pushing a single button. Just say “Hey, Siri” for help.
These are just a few of the many features announced at the kickoff of the conference. The WWDC runs through Friday, with more than 100 different sessions planned throughout the week, involving Apple engineers.