Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced some new products and sales figures at the WWDC 14. One of the new features announced is Mac OSX by way of the new 10.10 Yosemite and its ‘Continuity’ between devices, which appears very similar to BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s Blend, according to n4bb.
BlackBerry inspired feature
Some other features and specs announced are very similar to that of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB), and the iPhone maker even borrowed the ‘Quick reply’ feature from BlackBerry 10. Image of the feature from both operating systems were taken by n4bb for comparison.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) showcased many other developments at WWDC. Apple executive Craig Federighi and CEO Tim Cook showcased innovations, such as a Mac and iPhone or iPad talking to each other.
Another development was AirDrop, which is a home-brewed system for send files wirelessly without a Wi-fi network between Macs or between iOS devices. On the typing front, Apple embraced a number of improvements as it introduced a Swiftkey like feature that offers different vocabulary depending upon the person with whom the user is talking. The new feature recognizes the words you use in your personal and professional life.
The iPhone maker has also rolled out iCloud Drive, similar to Dropbox, which will enable users to save lots of photos or other data in the cloud for a small monthly fee. The user can add speech and video messages in the text app, which will self-destruct.
Long-awaited health app from Apple
The Cupertino-based company also introduced Apple Health, which is a major advancement in health and wellness personal technology. Craig Federighi said that it will incorporate data from various fitness-related devices. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also mentioned that it is working with the Mayo Clinic on a health app. Apple is making a big effort to compete with rival Samsung in health-related apps.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also announced “smart home” technology, where users will be able to control gadgets and appliances from a single digital hub. Some of the products currently available are the Philips Hue lighting system, a weather station, door locks and baby monitors.
For developers, Apple announced some really exciting news by launching a brand new coding language.
“We have a new programming language. The language is called Swift and it totally rules,” said Federigh. The company claims that the new language is aimed at enhancing programming and is more secure.