The online payment unit of eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) PayPal is already working on integrating the iPhone 5S fingerprint reader into its mobile payment apps. A group of PayPal developers attended a session about Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint-scanning system, at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.
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Apple has decided to switch from Yahoo! Weather to The Weather Channel in iOS 8. Apple has been using Yahoo! Weather has the default since iOS 7 launched last year. Apple also had Siri switch to Microsoft Bing from Google for search. Apple’s Spotlight search will use Bing from now on. Interestingly, Yahoo! Weather uses Weather Underground for its weather data and Weather Channel acquired Weather Underground in 2012.
At a presentation that was closed to the public yesterday at WWDC, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that it is pushing gaming “very strongly.” Apple also announced a new feature is coming soon that is called controller forwarding. Controller forwarding expands on the made-for-iPhone/iPad game controllers that Apple launched along with iOS 7 last year. This feature will make it possible for MFi controllers that snap onto iPhones to work as a controller for games on iPads and Macs.
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Yesterday, Apple announced iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. One of the features that was not mentioned during the keynote speeches is that DuckDuckGo will be a search option in the Safari mobile web browser. This could potentially cause DuckDuckGo’s search marketshare to jump a bit.
Apple announced iOS 8 earlier today with many new features. It sounds like the cut-off for the devices that will be able to download the new operating system is the iPhone 4S. This means that iPhone 4 and below owners are out of luck here. This is based on details on the iOS 8 website. iOS 8 will work on the iPod Touch 5th gen and the iPad 2 and above. iOS 8 is expected to arrive this fall along with a next-generation iPhone.
Apple has announced a new programming language called Swift. Swift will be used for designing apps to run on Apple iOS and Mac OS X. Swift makes it possible to eliminate entire categories of common programming errors. Swift includes generics, closures, type inference, multiple return types, and operator overload capabilities. Apps built for the App Store are built using Objective-C and the Cocoa framework. Objective-C was created in 1980s and was used by Apple ever since Steve Jobs’ NeXT workstation company was acquired in 1996.
Apple iOS 8: Family Sharing, HomeKit, Health, iMessage, Mail, QuickType, Siri, Third Party Keyboard Dev and TouchID Features
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.
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.