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Foreword: If you want the plain facts, just watch the keynote HERE - 

This article will be my personal feelings about what these upcoming Releases mean.

And in keeping with my Apple Developer account’s user agreement, all I can talk to is stuff that has been publicly disclosed by Apple.

Monday, June 2nd was the 25th World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, and Apple used their annual keynote – as usual – to show off the newest versions of iOS and OS X to the world.  And what a reveal it turned out to be! iOS and OS X are now going to be aware of each other in real time, and can off load many tasks to each other as you move between devices. You can now leave your phone on the side table in your bedroom and work completely on your MacBook, iMac, iPad or even an iPod. If you get a phone call on your iPhone, you can now answer it on any of your other iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 devices. They’re even forwarding SMS text messages – not just the apple-only iMessages. Your documents and files are available in real time on any other device, your email that you’re compiling on your iPhone can be completed on your MacBook without missing a step. No setup required. Not to even mention all the small tweaks and additions that, when summed up, equal one hell of an update.

All that’s just great. But what does it all actually mean? Why do all these smaller changes make such a big difference in the market? Well, Apple actually sums it up with a great name for what they call the ability for these two separate operating systems to seamlessly talk to each other:

What is Continuity

– noun –
The unbroken and consistent existence or operation of something over a period.
A state of stability and the absence of disruption.
A connection or line of development with no sharp breaks.

In short – Apple has made it matter less where your work is being done, and has begun to focus on simply getting it done. And as seamlessly as possible to boot. They’re using ‘the cloud’ in a completely different way now than they started out using it. They’re leveraging the iCloud accounts everyone who owns an Apple device has to keep their iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs all in sync with each other. They’re allowing you to have complete access to EVERYTHING you have on your computers (both running OS X and Windows) and iPod/iPhone/iPad devices. They’re even allowing you to natively support third party cloud solutions inside the iOS cloud menu that apps use.

Or in other words, they’re making using your computer as enjoyable as your iPhone, and vice-versa.

Now, if Continuity were the only thing they had showed on Monday, it still would have been a great update. But they’ve turned it up to 11 this year.

What is new in iOS 8

They’ve got a great new email application with fantastic triage actions. iMessages got a huge update and adds in native audio and video messaging among other continuity-based tweaks. Safari has been rebuilt – again – and not only runs much faster, but brings some great tabs and search-related features. The notifications screen gets third party widget support, multitasking was updated to show your recent contacts and favorites, AirDrop between iOS and Macs is now a reality, and WAY WAY WAY more.

What about that Yosemite

Continuity really takes the cake here, but that’s not to say that the redesign on the interface doesn’t make a difference, or that the completely new spotlight search engine isn’t absolutely fantastic, or that the incredibly useful new notifications widgets and updates don’t make you wonder ‘why didn’t they do that to begin with’. No, this update is a 10/10 in my book. They’ve taken Mavericks, which was an already fabulous OS, and made it even better, and I’m still trying to digest all the changes that they’ve made. There are simply hundreds and it’ll be a long time before all of them are really appreciated.

And that brings me to my only issue with OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 at this point: Since they’re in Beta, and no one else will really be using the Betas, and I won’t have anyone to share the joy of just raising my phone to my ear to send a text with. Or some of the smaller features that haven’t made this version of the Beta yet :(

Where it matters

Lastly, I just want to point out that I’m a Microsoft technology guy by profession. I get paid good money making Microsoft’s products suck less to use. That’s literally my job. However, I don’t work for Microsoft, or Apple. I don’t have stock in either company (as much as I’d love to be long APPL). And I have no financial gain – whatsoever – in pushing Apple products over Microsoft ones. I just know that from what I do every day, I don’t ever want another personal Microsoft-powered ANYTHING, and I’m glad that Apple is forward thinking enough to bring products like these to the market every year.

Oh, and the competition that I mentioned? Android and Chrome? Windows 8 and Windows Phone? Sure, their respective user bases are large (except Windows Phone), and they offer some of the same features in many ways, but no one – up until now – has come close to the level of ease and refinement that the iOS 8 and OS X 10.10  releases allow.

I fully expect the comments section to be more along the lines of  ‘yeah, ok fanboi’, and maybe that’s OK, but I honestly  see what they’re bringing to the market as the absolute best option available, or I’d be using something else.

11 COMMENTS

  1. There isn’t much to copy from here on out, Apple’s inspiration was taking from a collective of largely what existed every where else. But most importantly, they showed up to the party not late, but in style. That was what they needed to do. And like i said many times over, air drop continues to be their most innovative tech in a very long time, and Continuity is just an extension on that, dope shit from the fruit company.

  2. Welcome back Chris! I was pretty impressed with iOS8 announcement. I have been pretty confident that a larger screen iPhone is coming which in my opinion would have remedied the horrible keyboard size and difficulty I had using the iPhone on a daily basis. Third party apps like Swype coming will make my everyday experience with the iPhone significantly better. I don’t think I will like the predictive text much as Siri is at best mediocre.

    • Extensions like swype will be HUGE for the iPhone.

      As for the predictive text, and Siri? I’m a HUGE fan of the new keyboard. It’s absolutely fantastic. Siri gains a lot of new functionality and is actively listening when the phone is plugged in. Just say ‘Hey Siri’ and it pops up and you can do whatever you need. It’s great. Tested it in my car earlier today :)

  3. Meh.. They threw together the same software ui changes they always do and added a few big buzzwords “Continuity” to grab the simple masses attention (seems like it worked well on you).. But I do have to give Apple credit they put on a better show than anyone else and definitely have the best PR.. Other than that I find there products boring and overly simplified so I am not sure how anyone in tech likes them but my girlfriend and mom love Apple..

    • Continuity is more than just a buzz word though. Its a super simple way to switch platforms without interrupting work flow. There is a lot to say for that. However, i still prefer the one drive way of doing things, but i can appreciate the tech and concept behind continuity.

  4. Apple is good at getting out ahead of the pack. And advertising the s*** out of it.
    Microsoft is going this way, with the mergers of phone and desktop. If this makes them go faster, I’m all for it.

    Viva la fanbois!!

    • very few understands how far ahead microsoft is with this merger of two worlds into one “it just IS” platform, and even few will admit it. But, it sure is cute to watch apple roll it out bit by bit with phrases like “and those icons, so beautiful, just like ios8.”

      • But then you’re stuck with Windows and a phone OS that is oh-so-well updated and maintained.. ;)

        My hatred for desktop windows is never going to falter. I hate it professionally and I hate it personally. My switch to OS X was the best thing I ever did tech wise. Followed closely by switching to iOS of course!

  5. Been working with synchronization, and failing miserably, since the mid 90s. Will be keeping an eye on this Continuity thing. Hope, for Apple fans sake, it rolls out better than iMaps.

  6. I’ll stick with windows and microsoft at the moment. Regardless of ecosystem buy in that I’m currently at with a Winpho, surface and pc I like being able to generally fuck with shit on my desktop. I can’t stand the way OSX does things. The same gripes people have about the windows phone app situation is what’s going on in the OSX program situation. A total and complete fucking lack. I don’t want to run apps on my desktop. I want to run programs. I want the best of whatever worlds I see fit to run and I don’t want to pay 4 fucking thousand dollars to get an apple desktop that i can actually upgrade and continue working with for decades. Plus it looks like a fucking beer can now apparently. So yeah, I’ll stick with something that offers more options, more power, and just generally more bang for the buck, still, than apple will ever be able to offer.

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