iPad stylus Pencil will gain pressure support with the arrival of iOS 8 in the fall, with creators FiftyThree cooking up a new system for adjusting line thickness by how much of the rubbery tip is in contact with the display. Pencil, launched back in late 2013, took a natural approach to its hardware, with a wooden barrel, and instead focused on building the stylus' smarts into the companion apps.
While we’ve seen the split-screen functionality of iOS 8 in code before, today’s video comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, Apple didn’t show off any split-screen abilities in iOS 8 during WWDC 2014, and we’ve heard no official word on the matter either way. Today brings the next level of multitasking functionality to the world of Apple’s mobile operating system.
One of the most popular third party keyboards on Android has just shed its price tag. In announcing a major update with new features, SwiftKey has also dropped the bombshell that it will now be available free of charge, but will still hold on to in-app purchases via a new add-on store.
One of iOS 8's rumored features obviously didn't make it to the WWDC event. However, if these series of tweets from app developer Steven Troughton-Smith are accurate, the code for the functionality already exists in iOS 8 SpringBoard, which is the other name that the Home Screen is going with.
WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.
Apple has set its sights on the smart home, and HomeKit is how it plans to dominate it, promising a more cohesive automation experience by becoming the glue that holds everything together. HomeKit won’t launch officially until iOS 8 arrives on iPhones and iPads later this year, but developers and accessory manufacturers are already being let into the loop so they can get their software and hardware ready. Read on to find out exactly how it works.
AirPlay's direct connections aren't the only changes Apple has planned for its streaming system in iOS 8, including how much control and insight accessories get into what's playing. The new version of AirPlay will allow streaming speakers and docks to access the media playback queue, for instance, so as to display what's coming up next on the playlist.
Apple has redesigned how developers can create apps to suit different screen sizes, orientations, and dimensions, giving the strongest official hint so far at how iOS 8 will pave the way for a bigger iPhone 6 and even split-screen multitasking. The new size classes in iOS 8, detailed in Apple's State of the Union event for developers at WWDC 2014 today, will make creating dynamic and flexible interfaces far more straightforward for app coders.