Few things to note that were released/ announced in the last few weeks :
Now I know this is where all the android users go “Oh we’ve had that for years”. Yes you have, but you know Apple is going to do it better. With iOS 8 it seems they are taking some much needed action to step up the game! Here’s a summary for you non technical folk :
remember how you could only email stuff through the default mail client? now you can share pics Via any app that supports it. This gives app devs the capability to push interfaces across the iOS api to integrate with the OS directly. Ok non-technicallly App developers can create sharing icons or widgets that can be placed in your notification centre. I believe apple was intact perfecting doing this without making the OS vulnerable to malicious apps etc. Which is why they took so long.
So remember how when you touch the little notification banner that slides down? and when you touch it, it takes you to that app? well now you can pull it further down and interact with it. Say, its a message.. then you can pull it down and reply within the banner itself
it also integrates with your wearables, say fitbit flexes and Nike+ bands ( and most definitely getting your phone ready for the Apple Wearable that’s coming soon)
and then OSX 10.10
ok firstly, wtf is 10.10? thats going back to 10.1! somebody screwed up with the naming or numbering conventions over at apple. But that aside, a UX overhaul to make one of the prettiest functional OS’s ever. Heres a few highlights :
yes its pretty, and hopefully they sort out some of the issues where you can’t find some windows once they are out of focus. It is beautiful, the new fonts, the new icons. refreshingly minimalist
you can now search through your documents’ text! and the internet by just hitting command+space! the UI for this is done amazingly well. It also searches google and wikipedia from there straight away. very helpful for people looking for information
Notification center has gotten more interactive, like the IOS8 widgets, the notification centre includes subsections you can directly interact with.
yes! now you can use your iCloud storage for anything, so dropbox is now being challenged, and Apple has reduced some of the storage plans to be quite affordable.
now you can answer your phone on ur Mac and send messages directly from it, or make a call straight from your mac.
common apps automatically remember where you have left off, so find a website on your mac, continue browsing it from your iPad or phone for quick reference.
I think that Apple was infact finding a way to make widgets available to developers, but in a way that it didn’t affect the whole OS ecosystem. By letting apps talk to each other via the iOS api, they still have control over what can be done in-between apps. and I think that is a security requirement when handling widgets and apps talking to other apps. Otherwise say you let a game directly integrate with your PayPal or bank app, or anything else connect easily, that will open the door to many problems in terms of security