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Apple iOS 8: Family Sharing, HomeKit, Health, iMessage, Mail, QuickType, Siri, Third Party Keyboard Dev and TouchID Features

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At WWDC today, Apple announced iOS 8. iOS 8 does not have as much as a redesign as iOS 7 did when it launched. iOS 8 simply has several added-on features based on feedback from users. Here is a breakdown of some of those features.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold over 800M iOS devices, 130M New iOS users this past year

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At WWDC today, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced its latest stats regarding user adoption. Mac sales have increased 12% while the PC industry dropped 5%. The Mac install base is now at 80 million devices and over half of those Macs use Mavericks. As a comparison, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that only 14% of the Windows PC install base is using Windows 8.

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Apple announces iCloud Drive

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Today at WWDC, Apple announced a new service that is like Dropbox called iCloud Drive. This service lets you store your documents in the cloud. Each of the apps that you use with iCloud Drive will get its own folder inside of the service. These documents can be accessed through Finder. The files are synced across OS X, iOS, and Windows regardless of whether you use iCloud on your Mac or not.

Apple OS X Yosemite will be free this fall

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Today at WWDC, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)  announced the latest update to its desktop operating system, which is called Yosemite. Last year, we started seeing more integration between iOS and OS X through the launch of Mavericks. It is even more apparent with Yosemite. Craig Federighi demoed the operating system at the event and emphasized that the new operating system has a flatter look with a clear font type throughout each program. The Finder window menus are translucent to match the image backgrounds on the desktop.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) jumps to #5 in Fortune 500 rankings

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Fortune has just released the “Fortune 500″ list for the year, which ranks companies based on revenue. This year Apple is at #5, which is up from #6 last year and #17 in 2012. Apple’s net sales are increasing as the company continues to sell iPhones and digital content by the millions. However, Android is now the largest mobile platform in the world so Apple is facing pressure to keep up its innovation.
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Report: Apple Inc. (AAPL) hires 200 security officers to stop leaks in China

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In the last few years, there have been leaks to the media of upcoming Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products. A reporter that is known for covering reliable Apple rumors, Sonny Dickson wrote that these leaks may soon come to an end. Apple is working with Chinese authorities to prevent leaks in the future. Dickson claims that Apple is hiring around 200 security personnel to track down anyone that is trying to leak parts or information about the iPhone 6 or related peripherals. Whenever a product leaks, it gives the competition like Samsung a leg up.
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Apple Inc. (AAPL): Beats reboots Solo Line with the Solo2

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) officially acquired Beats Electronics for $3 billion yesterday. Today, Beats has announced a new pair of headphones called the Solo2. The Solo2 replaces the original Beats Solo headphones, which has been Beats’ best seller since debuting in 2008. The Solo2 has a completely new design, but the price is still $200.
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Apple Inc. (AAPL): 35 billion songs were sold on iTunes this past week

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At the Code Conference this week, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) executives Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine revealed some interesting numbers. Cue revealed that Apple crossed 35 billion songs sold this past week. This is up from 25 billion songs that were purchased and downloaded in February of last year. Cue also pointed out that iTunes has around 800 million customers total and 40 million iTunes Radio listeners in the U.S. and Australia. Beats Music is now at around 250,000 subscribers and has hit around 5 million downloads. Conversions from downloads to paid customers would have been higher if Beats Music was using Apple’s in-app purchase technology.
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