Advanced Post Live
So, check below for the live stream as it happens. But here's the key points so far.
- OS X Yosemite: New OS with a sleeker, iOS 7-inspired look. Small visual tweaks including a new 'dark mode' for toolbars; Spotlight gets expanded search functionality (eg Wikipedia, Maps, Newsfeed); Notification Center sidebar gets Today view identical to iOS.
- iCloud Drive: Dropbox and Google Drive killer; a hard drive in your Mac that lives in the cloud; compatible with Windows; related service MailDrop lets you email files up to 5GB.
- Handoff: All about erasing lines between iOS and OS X. You can start an email on your phone, approach your Mac, it'll recognise you and can finish writing on your computer; SMS messages now appear on iMessage; you can make calls on your Mac using your phone as a relay.
- iOS 8: New interactive notifications (reply to texts, etc), accessible from the lockscreen; double-clicking home to view favourite contacts as well as open apps; lots of messaging improvements - predictive typing, easier video and audio messages, better group messaging controls.
- HealthKit: New app that offers a centralized clearing house for various metrics; third-party apps can contribute data, and doctors can be given access as well.
- Family controls: You can create a 'family unit' with multiple Apple users, sharing videos and photos, tracking childrens' devices (and them) and letting parents authenticate purchases.
- HomeKit: Apple say they looked at home automation and thought "Let's bring some rationality to this space". Apple working with various hardware manufacturers to let your iPhone be a remote for your house.