At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced the all new OS X Yosemite desktop operating system along with the iOS 8, Apple’s latest mobile operating system. Apart from many new features of the OS X Yosemite, if there’s one neat feature that definitely stands out and is a welcome addition then it is the ability to capture the screen of an iPad or iPhone on any Mac running on OS X Yosemite.

This feature is aimed at app developers and reviewers who want to create screencasts for their apps. In fact, the App Store will soon require developers to create app previews for consumers who’re not convinced by plain and boring screenshots of apps.

Record screencasts on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite with just a lightning cable

With this new feature, as pointed out by 9to5Mac, developers can quickly and easily record screencasts from any iOS 8 device like iPhone, iPad or iPod touch which is connected via USB to Mac. Of course, the Mac should also be running on OS X Yosemite. Once connected, the iOS device will appear as a standard camera input.

The good part of this is that you’ll be able to create screencasts without the need of any additional hardware or lengthy procedures.

screencasts-ios8 OS X Yosemite

Till now developers have relied on other solutions to do this, for example using AirPlay Mirroring or using the HDMI cable to connect with a dedicated capture device. With the new OS, these methods will no longer be required.

This new feature won’t be useful for only developers, but app reviewers and bloggers will also find it very useful. Anyone will be able to create video reviews of apps; in fact, it will not be a surprise if we will see an increase in the number of gameplay videos on YouTube after the arrival of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

As per the opinion of 9to5Mac, “the recording is currently extremely laggy.” It is possible that video quality will improve with the public release of the OS’s.

So what’s your opinion on this new feature offered by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)? Let us know your thoughts via the comments section.