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Roundup: 15 iOS 8 Features That You Should Know

June 3, 2014 — by Sette Capati2

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The rumor mill is now pacified as Apple has finally released the official features of iOS 8 with more goodies and overhauls in store for developers and end-users.

At the WWDC event, which started June 2, 10:00 AM Pacific time (June 3, 1:00 AM, Hong Kong time), Tim Cook and the other Apple executives took charge while armed with the keynotes, as users worldwide were able to watch the event in real-time via Apple live stream.

So, for our roundup, here are the iOS 8 features:

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New camera features

Apple beefed up the iOS 8 camera with Time Lapse photography, an interesting feature, which developers can take advantage of since there’s a new programming kit for the camera app that will allow third-party sources to access the camera features and integrate extension that weren’t possible in current software version.

Photos app

The Photos app includes editing options that will allow users to make necessary changes of images with a simple thumb gesture. The features are quite similar with the iPhoto, but simpler. It has smart image analysis on the changes (seen in the demo) and post-edited photos will be synced with the iCloud. With Photos app in iOS and Apple’s plan of building a Yosemite version, there’s a possibility that the iPhoto will be ditched.

Healthkit API

We’ve heard rumors and seen leaked images with native fitness and health integration (dubbed as Healthbook) in the upcoming iPhone and iOS 8. Apple provides the Healthkit API for developers to start building apps that will allow them to link apps and unify users personal health data to a single database. As Apple has shown, the data will be available to medical platforms and applications where you can privately store the data, or even better, show them to your doctor(s). Apple showed the list of healthcare companies and institutions, too.

Continuity

Better and seamless syncing—that’s what Continuity is all about.  It’s a group of features that automatically integrates your iOS and Mac devices activities, files and more.

Seamless iCloud drive sync

Aside from the mail and documents backed up in your iCloud, your photos will now be synced automatically in iCloud with free 5GB storage. Other storage plans start at $1 per month.

Files are merged; there’s no difference between local and cloud files. What’s stored in your device operates like a cache on what’s in your iCloud. We just hope that there will be more security on this turf.

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Improved Mail app

Apple also deployed a few tweaks on the Mail app that allows users to mark a message as “Mark as Read” with a single swipe gesture, and more actions for “Trash, Flag, and More” (right to left) with another swipe, or entirely pull it to delete the message.

Spotlight

Spotlight features are also beefed up where users can access it (swiping downward) on a locked screen with more results and suggestions from a number of sources, aside from the native database of the device, such as Wikipedia, News, iBooks store, iTunes store, music, suggested websites and many more.

New interactive notifications

Users can interact with the notifications without leaving the current app. This can also be done on a locked screen (tap and swipe) where it won’t require users to unlock it. Got a new message? You can type reply (downward swiping) without closing or leaving the app.

Handoff

This feature allows iOS devices to interact seamlessly with the OS X Yosemite. From the name itself, your iPhone knows what your Mac is doing and likewise. If you’re working on a Mail message in the PC and would like to take a break, you can pick it up where you left it and continue what you’re working on your iOS device.

New keyboard features

This is one of my favorite features—the iOS 8 keyboard comes with QuickType, a context-sensitive predictive typing that provides users words they can use by tapping the suggested words instead of typing. What’s more, the iOS keyboard will welcome third-party apps such as Swype or SwiftKey.

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Enhanced Siri

Siri is getting beefed up, too, with Shazam built-in integration and automatic interaction once you plug it in your car (just say, Hey Siri! Without touching the home button). It will also allow users to purchase apps in iTunes. It has 22 new dictation languages in its database and streaming voice recognition.

Touch ID with apps

The Touch ID feature will allow users to access their account via bank app and useful for authorization.

Family sharing

It’s easier to share all files with your family with this new feature—from family calendar to photos and locations—with each member updated. They can also share e-books, music, movies, and share the same credit card. What’s more, the credit card holder (e.g. Dad) will receive a notification for permission if one needs to purchase an app.

Extensions for developers

There are a lot of goodies in store for developers, such as extensions and the ability to integrate widgets just like in OS X. From Safari widget, to eBay widget, and extensions of custom keyboards, the new iOS ecosystem provides opportunities for developers and users to make the mobile experience more interactive and engaging.

Unannounced, but confirmed…

DuckDuckGo in Search features

Apple is also expanding Safari’s search engine features with DuckDuckGo, a startup, which is allegedly known as an anti-Google, that doesn’t track users for advertising purposes.

And many more…

You can send text messages and videos whether via keyboard or voice messaging. The Enterprise features are tailored for corporate end-users with built-in self-configuration functions and stronger encryption.

We know you’re very much excited to test the iOS 8. But for now, the goodies go to the developers, as Apple seeds the beta version. The official iOS will be available in the fall for free.

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iOS 7 Features Roundup

June 11, 2013 — by Sette Capati1

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Apple revealed Monday the new design and features of the iOS 7 that has undergone a major revamp, which is the most radical change since iPhone made its debut in 2007. Aside from the new design courtesy of head designer Jonathan Ive, there is a revamped suite of apps such as Photos, Camera, Calendar and many more.

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WWDC 2013 Event: Summary and Updates

June 11, 2013 — by Sette Capati1

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Apple opened the floor at exactly 10AM PDT (1AM Beijing time) for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this morning in San Francisco, providing the latest in-depth updates on Apple products, innovations and software developments spearheaded by Tim Cook and other executives in a keynote presentation.

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In-app Purchases Account 76% of App Store Revenue

April 1, 2013 — by Sette Capati0

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Distimo recently published a report examining and analyzing the business models and revenues per download on App Store. Interestingly, in-app purchases now account for an overwhelming 76% of App Store revenue as of February 2013.

Loving these in-app purchases? It looks like they are going to stay.

Do you think $0.99 worth of app with in-app purchases is better than $9.99 that won’t require future purchases? A lot has changed when it comes to consumers’ buying habits – IAPs are becoming unstoppable according to the study.

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BMW Announces App Integration with Audible, Glympse, Rhapsody and TuneIn

March 29, 2013 — by Sette Capati0

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The integration of mobile applications is not limited to gadgets anymore as BMW adapts Apple genius into its Apple-enabled cars with its ConnectedDrive initiative.

BMW, also known as Bayerische Motoren Werke AG features a special option called Apps, integrating iOS software from third party applications for a luxurious entertainment and driving experience.

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BMW today announced four new partners to provide BMW Approved Apps for BMW Apps option for Apple iPhone. The latest BMW Approved Apps include Audible (downloadable audio books and other spoken-word content), Glympse (location sharing), Rhapsody (subscription music service) and TuneIn (Internet radio).

The Apps platform supports model year 2011 and later vehicles that is fully controlled by BMW Connected App. A total of four iOS apps were integrated and have been confirmed.

Just like the other BMW Apps-enabled software, these four iOS programs interact with the vehicle’s entertainment system and the iDrive controller. The previous BMW Apps feature software that locates the vehicle, remote car locking/unlocking, finding place via Google Maps and more.

Here’s what you’ll see on your car’s main display once the Apps are activated:

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Integrating access to digital spoken-word content from Audible was the next logical way to expand audio entertainment for drivers. The ability to use the Glympse app from the existing vehicle controls enables drivers to share their whereabouts and ETA in a much safer way.

Previews are already offered for media guests at the New York International Auto Show on the BMW since yesterday and still available until today, March 28.

The drivers are provided with both hands-free and eyes-free experience, allowing them to interact with Siri by activating the Siri button installed in selected cars.

What do you think of these developments? Let us know your thoughts on comments.

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Google+ App Updated with Filters and Photo Editing Features

March 26, 2013 — by Sette Capati0

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It appears that photo filters and editing options are now anchored to social networking sites. It’s not surprising anymore if Google adapts these features, which are now officially integrated in to the Google Plus iOS application.

Google Plus version 4.3.0 comes with new photo editing features, filters, and crop options. The update rolled out on the 25th of March, including a new profile design, notifications tray, set-up flow for new users, and many more.

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iOS 7 Concept: All New UI, Notifications and More [Mockup]

March 23, 2013 — by Sette Capati0

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What’s the next step of Apple? Could it be another roll out of an update after the discovery of a passcode security flaw? The iOS 7 rings a bell to the community and all eyes are glued to the fruit company for its next best thing.

Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference will happen in a few months, and fanboys and enthusiasts (even skeptics) are hoping to see major changes in the iOS 7.

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Walmart’s Scan and Go Pilot Program Available to 12 More Markets

March 21, 2013 — by Sette Capati1

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Walmart announces its expansion to the Scan and Go pilot program, allowing the shoppers to scan and pay items at self-checkout counters using the iPhone to more than 200 stores.

The Scan & Go program, which commenced near Walmart’s home office of Bentonville, Ark., last year, currently runs in about 70 stores across the United States. The coming year will see the program expanded to more than 200 stores, though that is still only a fraction of the retailer’s more than 4,000 U.S. stores, according to Reuters.

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iOS 6.1.3 Released and Put an End to Evasi0n Jailbreak

March 20, 2013 — by Simon Ng2

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Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to fix the lockscreen passcode vulnerability that was discovered last month and widely reported by the press. According to the release note, the update also brings improvements to Maps in Japan.

For regular iPhone and iPad users, you can simply go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to upgrade to the latest version of iOS. Alternatively, you can also connect your device to iTunes and apply the update.