Eight key announcements from Apple at WWDC 2014

Eight key announcements from Apple at WWDC 2014
A handout photo by Apple showing off the updated Photo, new. Health app and new iMessage's features on the new iOS 8.

SAN FRANCISCO - Despite a lack of major hardware announcements at this morning's keynote address (June 3, 1AM SGT) at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference( WWDC), the company still managed to show a glimpse of its future with several key updates to its upcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system and OS X 10.10 Yosemite desktop operating system that will see a more cohesive integration between devices of both types.

From task switching from a desktop to a tablet, Airdrop between iOS and Mac to sharing of apps between family members, Digital Life sums up eight key changes to Apple's ecosystem.

1) More keyboard support and features for iOS 8.

You are not the only one bored with that lone keyboard on Apple devices. For those of you who envy the slew of gesture controlled keyboards on Android, the most popular one of all, the SwiftKey predictive keyboard, is making its way to iOS 8.

If you prefer the default keyboard, Apple is updating it with a new predictive one with QuickType in iOS 8 that will provide you with better and smarter auto-complete suggestions. It is context sensitive and will give you suggestions based on the content written so far.

For example, when you type "Do you want to go for", it will prompt you with "a dinner" or "a movie".

2) HealthKit.

This is a new app in OS 8 that acts as a hub to store all your personal health and fitness data from third party apps, such as Nike+ Move and Mayo Clinic. The app will allow you to monitor your fitness and information on your health over longer periods of time at one glance, instead of staring at them across multiple apps.

3) Better AirDrop.

Previously, AirDrop - Apple's easy but proprietary way to share files wirelessly - works only between iOS devices or between Mac computers. Now, with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, you can share files, such as photos or videos, between an iOS device and a Mac computer. Now, AirDrop is finally really useful.

4) Handoff.

This is a close proximity feature that exists in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which allows devices on both platforms to be recognised and detected. Users can then continue working across iOS devices and Mac computers. For example, if you are typing an e-mail message on your iPhone and walk near your iMac, your iMac will prompt you to continue writing your e-mail on the computer.

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