June 4th, 2014

2014 Apple WWDC: Our Opinion

You might say we’re a little Apple obsessed…

On Monday, Apple hosted their 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference and we couldn’t wait to hear what they had to share.

We asked a few of our resident Apple connoisseurs to share what they thought were the most significant announcements from Monday’s Keynote. What stood out to them?

Here’s what they came up with:

  1. iCloud – Instead of putting their apps in the cloud, Apple uses the cloud to give apps access to your data. The cloud improves native apps, rather than houses them. We think that the rest of the industry will move to this model.
  2. Swift – The new programming language promises to make coding faster and less error prone, with real-time compiling and debugging and other optimizations that remove the possibility for programmers to make common errors. Although there are sure to be hiccups along the way, Swift will likely be the Objective-C of the future.
  3. HealthKit – While not a huge surprise to some, this announcement bolsters the use of third-party hardware. A few of Apple’s announcements threaten the health of existing apps and software (Dropbox will be threatened by iCloud and MailDrop if done well), but the HealthKit allows you to aggregate all the health data from various devices into one app.
  4. Search – The ability to search for content both on your computer and on the internet at once is really exciting. As constant curators and creators of content, searching for what you have and where you have holes to fill is extremely helpful.
  5. No Hardware – Apple did not announce any major hardware. However, the software that they did announce lays the groundwork for a few very big things. We think there might be a virtual wallet, an iHome device, an updated Apple TV that would rival an xbox or other gaming consoles and an iWatch.

Until Apple’s next big announcement, we’ll be on the edge of our seats. And  surrounding ourselves with our iPhones, iPads, and Macs that can talk to one another for the first time.

 

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