WWDC 2014: Apple Unveils 5 Key Products

apple_1Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2014 has kicked off on Monday with the keynote address that showcased iOS 8, OS X 10.10 Yosemite and other new tools for developers.

Here are five new things that Apple showed at the conference:

HomeKit: A product for amart home from Apple was launched by Craig Federighi, senior vice president, that allows users to connect their iPhone/iPad and control stuff like garage-door openers, lights, and security cameras, even thermostats and switches. Users can just control these through Siri or like Moto X saying “Get ready for bed” to turn off house lights. Apple plans to rope in August, Honeywell; iHome; TI for the product. Siri can be used to open the garage door.

Continuity: This syncs OS X and iOS 8 with features like:

a) AirDrop, which is Apple’s answer to NFC, will function across iOS and OS X devices connecting Mac to an iPad.

b) The other is syncing iOS 8 and OS X to receive calls, text messages.

c) Instant Hotspot where users can connect their iPhone’s mobile connection to start a Wi-Fi hotspot without typing in a password.

d) HandOff syncs across devices like iPad or iMac and switch device.

HealthKit app: Apple has entered the Health business with the HealthKit app that can pull in data from other third-party apps that can be accessed by doctors. Apple partnered with the Mayo Clinic to make HealthKit work. With HealthKit, iPhone will keep a tab on your important health parameters daily. Nike is also partnering with Apple for HealthKit.

Swift: Apple’s new programming language that was showcased for developers, that is much faster than Objective-C. Swift code can be used right besides C and Objective-C code in the same app, allowing developers to seamlessly interchange languages. AppleInsider says, ”Swift can be used for basic apps, like social networking, or advanced 3D games using the new “Metal” graphics optimization.”

Siri with Shazam: Siri now comes with Shazam integrated which means that you can now use Siri to identify any song. Precisely, it was an answer to Google’s Moto X smartphone features, which are likely to be included in future Apple products.

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