Apple Launch New OS + Low Cost Storage That Takes On Dropbox

Written by David Richards     03/06/2014 | 07:28 | Category: HOME OFFICE

Apple has launched a new operating software for its iPhone and iPad, called iOS 8, they have also rolled out new Mac software called Yosemite along with a move into fitness and health.

Apple Launch New OS + Low Cost Storage That Takes On Dropbox

Speaking at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Chief Executive Tim Cook  said that the new features being rolled out by Apple include an updated Safari browser, the ability to use the Mac as a speakerphone, and a service called "handoff," which lets users start an activity on one device and pass it to another. He also revealed a major update to its iCloud service, which allows users to store files on servers operated by Apple.

"We are here today and all week to celebrate the developer community and all the amazing apps they have created," Mr. Cook said. "From all of Apple, thank you very much."

Cook said that up until now, iCloud's storage offering was fairly limited compared with competitors such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft's OneDrive. Now, users can finally use it to store files of your choosing, and sync with not only other Mac devices but also Windows computers as well. Apple is also dramatically lowering its pricing for iCloud Drive. 

In addition to the 5 gigabytes you get free, Apple will provide 20 gigabytes for 99 cents a month and 200 gigabytes for $3.99 a month. This finally puts Apple in line with Google, which charges $1.99 a month for 100 gigabytes. Previously, in the U.S., Apple charged over $8 a month for 50 gigabytes of cloud storage.

Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, introduces the company's new Yosemite operating system for Mac computers he also introduced a related service called Mail Drop, which allows for large-size file attachments in email, leveraging the cloud drive.

The new mobile OS is expected to be released later in the year, along with Apple's next smartphone - most likely called the iPhone 6 - but it will also be available for the last couple of generations of iOS device.

New features include the following: 

Notifications Centre

Notifications Centre has been refined, with more interaction. You don't have to leave apps to check out your notifications, for example. Just pull down the list and you can use it while the app remains in the background.

Notifications on the home screen also have options for what you want to do with them. Swipe across and you can accept or delete them from the home screen itself.

There will also be widgets available in the Notifications Centre. Details, such as weather, calendars, eBay and more can be seen in Notifications without having to open a separate app.

Contacts

Now when you double tap the home button, as well as open apps appearing in a line, you get a bar at the top with all of the contacts you have been in touch with recently. Tap on their face (in a round circle) and you can FaceTime, phone or contact them directly.

Mail

Mail has also been refined and enhanced. As well as more intuitive gesture controls on mail messages, to let you tag and dismiss them more simply than ever before, you can also perform functions such as multitask within the app. You can swipe down a draft, for example, and continue reading or copying text from another email. Then swipe the draft back up again.

Spotlight

Spotlight will make suggestions based on your location or personal choices from all manner of different connected services. It will tell you events that are on at local theatres or cinemas, or suggest apps you might like or songs from iTunes. It is basically the iPhone or iPad's search feature, but is far more content rich with the results.

QuickType and third-party keyboards

QuickType is basically SwiftKey for iOS. It allows you to type more quickly with intelligent suggestions of words appearing as you enter keys. It also learns your language patterns as you use it more and it will be available in all manner of languages.

SwiftKey will be happy through, because if you don't fancy the QuickType keyboard, third-party keyboards will also be available in iOS 8. You will be able to choose the on-screen keyboard you prefer.


Like previous new versions of the OS, not all devices are supported, leaving us with the perennial question of whether it will work on your current iPhone or whether you will need to upgrade your Apple smartphone or tablet to benefit.

Unlike previous rollouts where many of the latest features are only restricted to the top flagship models, it seems that at the moment iOS 8 is a lot more embracing of all Apple devices.

That could change with new features added to a potential iPhone 6 or a new iPad Air, but for the moment the good news is, that unless you are running anything older than an iPhone 4S you should be fine.

iOS 8 supported devices

Apple's forthcoming iOS 8 update will work on the following devices:

iPhone

iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S

iPad

iPad 2
iPad with Retina display (3rd & 4th gens)
iPad Air
iPad mini
iPad mini with Retina display

iPod touch

Fifth-generation iPod touch

The only real notable omission over iOS 7 is the iPhone 4. Likewise like iOS 7 the first two iPads aren't supported.




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