Easier access to cloud files points to Apple realizing we're moving to cloud-based world perhaps more quickly than many expected. (I know I have.)
Federighi: Next up HealthKit
Federighi: Then you have apps like ShareCares, ask MDs.
It didn't take long for some iOS users to start reporting problems. Conversations on Apple's support forums and other online source pointed to Wi-Fi connectivity glitches, the usual battery drain issue and slow performance in Safari, among other problems. A bug in the operating system also prevented developers from launching HealthKit apps in the App Store.
The iOS 8.0.1 update, released Sept. 24 and then swiftly recalled, aimed to fix issues that have plagued Apple's mobile OS since it hit the market Sept. 17.
And, for third-party keyboards -- the ability to use Swype was the main reason I switched back to an iPhone this year, after a couple of years on Android. Although, Swype still feels buggy and less accurate on iOS.
But many users immediately reported problems after downloading the update, including their iPhones no longer connecting to a cellular network. iPhone owners also reported issues with Touch ID after downloading the update, with some noting that the feature -- which allows people to unlock their phones using their fingerprints -- was no longer working.
Federighi is still giving a list of apps taking advantage of new iOS 8 features
Apple ended up pulling iOS 8.0.1 about an hour after it first became available. The company later published instructions for users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1 before Apple scrapped the update. The steps help users downgrade their devices to iOS 8 as Apple worked on a fix for the software. The company released iOS 8.0.2 on Sept. 25.
Federighi: Next is Swift, an entirely new programming language we introduced to take apps to the next level.
Federighi: We've seen a flood of applications written in Swift in the app store already. Our enterprise partner IBM has completely embraced Swift for their applications
Federighi: IBM called it "incredible interactive and intuitive"
Here's a question about apps. Are we still living in a "hot new app of the week" world? I can't recall the last time there was a must-download app everyone jumped on right away. Secret might have been the last one I can think of.
Federighi: There will be many new Swift users minted every day because universities have incorporated it into their curriculum.
Federighi: iOS 8.1. When we put a major new OS in the hands of hundreds of millions of users, we do get a little feedback
Companies, especially content companies, have gotten much better at creating browser-based mobile experiences, so stand-alone apps may not as necessary as they once were.
Federighi: iOS 8.1. Bring back the beloved camera roll. Added support for Apple Pay. And the public bet of iCloud photo library so everyone can have every photo they take on all of their devices.
Federighi: This isn't just your photos, it's also your videos as well. It's available in public beta with iOS 8.1 and it uses your iCloud storage. First 5GB are free.
Photo management continues to be a vexing issue for many casual/mainstream users, from my casual conversations with non-techies.
But then you have to pay for more storage.
Federighi: OS X and Yosemite. It was just this June when we publicly unveiled Yosemite to the world. Over a million people signed up for the public beta
Federighi: We're all in love with the gorgeous new design of OS X Yosemite
Big visual changes in Yosemite, but nothing like the left-field look of Windows 8 that was so hard for people to get used to.
Federighi: Spotlight has been absolutely supercharged. Not only search locally on Mac but also taps into the Internet
Federighi:All of the apps built into Yosemite have been completely revitalized with this UI.
After years of giving OS X cat-related names (Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion), Apple last year shifted to California-themed titles for future versions of the operating system.
The first in that new line was 2013’s OS X 10.9, aka Mavericks, which was named after the world-famous surfing competition held near Half Moon Bay, Calif. Mavericks featured improved battery life, many new applications, better power management, tabs in Finder, and the ability to add tags to file names so they're more searchable.
Apple unveiled the latest version of its computer software, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The operating system has a new look, a refined toolbar, new notification-center features, and a dark mode. In addition, Yosemite will now synchronize with Apple's iOS mobile operating system through AirDrop file-sharing, iMessage messaging, and the ability to make and take phone calls.
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite is key to Apple's efforts to grow in the computing market. Apple now generates less than 15 percent of its total revenue from Macs, but the devices help the company build its ecosystem. And Apple at times has posted strong Mac sales in periods when the rest of the PC market has struggled.
Apple in July reported Mac unit sales rose 18 percent to 4.4 million in the quarter ended June 28. CEO Tim Cook said the Mac boosted Apple's overall financial results, and the company saw strong sales in some regions weak for other PC makers. The US, for instance, was a "very, very" strong market for the Mac in the quarter, he said.
To build customer loyalty and make sure users are accessing the most recent software, Apple last year made Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks free for download. Yosemite also is free for users. Apple released a public beta version of its newest OS X software in late July.