(SAN FRANCISCO) – On Monday, at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple unveiled iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod, which stands out as the latest addition to the mobile operating system of the company. With its release of iOS, Apple brought out a number of new developer tools for its mobile operating system. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, considers the launch of iOS SDK as “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store”, which includes more than 4,000 new developer APIs, in addition to the other updates.
Moreover, the company also took initiatives aimed at touching the health tracking and smart home markets, a great deal of new features including a third-party keyboard, and a new programming language ‘Swift’.
The new version of iOS includes a number of useful features. Apple has now updated its notification center, and now the users will be able to reply directly from a notification, even if their mobile screen is locked. In addition to this, the third party apps now offer widgets for the notification center as well. Furthermore, mailing with iOS 8 has been upgraded, and new features have been added that provide the facility of flagging and marking a mail to read later. Also, with the new spotlight, iOS pulls from a wider range of sources, allowing users to search for apps, text messages, songs and news.
Apple has also updated its keyboard to QuickType, which gives predictive answers to questions that someone might ask via a text. Much like other keyboards, it can also forecast the next word that someone might type. In terms of text messaging, the iPhone users will now be able to name group message threads, add or remove people during a conversation, and can easily share their location for a specific amount of time. Using the Tap to Talk option, users can also send audio messages.
iOS brings with it another amazing feature that allows sharing photos, calendars and reminders with their friends and family using Family Sharing. Moreover, using GPS, the parents can even locate their kids devices. iOS will also include HomeKit, that will allow the iPad and iPhone users to control electronics and other home appliances using their mobile device.
iOS 8 is scheduled to arrive for customers this fall. It will work with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, fifth generation iPod touch, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.
Apple also surprised the developers with its launch of a new programming language called ‘Swift.’ The language includes lots of features that the developers have been demanding since long. This language seems to replace Objective-C as the main programming language on the platform of Apple. Swift includes generics, type inference, multiple return types, and much more. It will enable the developers to create new games without worrying about the Objective-C cruft that has mounted over the last decade.