Ios 8On June 2nd, Apple revealed its newest operating system for the iPad and iPhone at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. This preview kicked off a week of events designed for developers in the app industry. The new software was revealed nearly one year after the release of iOS 7 after a significant overhaul.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook described iOS 8 as being a story of two fronts with the addition of app developer tools to help app makers create innovative applications. Another senior executive noted that iOS 8 has been built on the success of previous designs and is packed full of new features including HealthKit, iMessage upgrades, iCloud Drive, Family Sharing, QuickType keyboard and Siri updates.

HealthKit is an activity tracker that is compatible with third-party applications that link with doctors and hospitals. New iMessage features include the ability to add and remove group messages, name threads and push-to-talk using voice. The iCloud Drive update allows users to search the drive through a dedicated app.

Family Sharing allows a group to be set up as one single unit so calendars, contacts, reminder lists and even media can be shared across six family members who share the same credit card. If children wish to make a purchase, it must be authenticated through an adult family member. The QuickType keyboard will feature new predictive typing suggestions with support for a number of languages.

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