Tuesday, June 3, 2014

iOS 8 and OS X 10.10

Apple only:

Apple yesterday announced the fall availability of iOS 8 (for iPhone/iPad) and OS X 10.10 (aka "Yosemite") (for Mac).  The new iOS is compatible with Apple iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display.  The new OS X is compatible with iMac (mid-2007 or newer), MacBook Air (late 2008 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer), Mac Mini (Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) and Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer).

Most useful half-dozen features (IMHO) seen so far:

1.  Improvements to iOS text messaging to easily include who you want, drop who you don’t, and leave the conversation whenever you want. Or turn on Do Not Disturb and then read through the messages when you have time.

2.  Apple is opening up the iOS keyboard so alternatives like Swype and SwiftKey are possible.

3.  Double button press now includes your most recent contacts.  Select one and you can call, text or Facetime with a single press.

4.  Notification handling no longer requires leaving what you're currently working on.

5.  One touch to use your cellular iPhone/iPad as a hot spot.

6.  When you get a phone call on your iPhone, you can answer it on your iPad or Mac.

The entire 2-hour keynote video can be had at:


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