New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall
By Michael Liedtke
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on your health.
Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. That will change, he says, with HealthKit coming to the new mobile software, iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges.
Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together. You can share songs, movies and books you purchase with your entire family. Macs and mobile gadgets will share more features, and you can share and sync files between the two more easily.
The company is previewing the new features at its 25th annual conference for software developers in San Francisco. The free updates will come this fall, though developers got a test version.
Here are the highlights on what’s been announced and what’s coming:
CHANGES TO MAC COMPUTERS:
- The next Mac system will be named Yosemite, after the national park, now that Apple is naming it after California locales rather than cats.
- You’ll be able to search for content on the computer and on the Internet at once, similar to a feature available with Microsoft’s Windows 8.
- Apple is expanding its iCloud storage service so that you can store and sync files of any type, not just the ones designed specifically for iCloud. It’s similar to how services such as Dropbox let you work with the same files on multiple devices more easily.
- A Mail Drop feature will make it easier to send large files. Instead of pushing the entire file by email and overloading mail servers, the Mac will create a link that the recipient can click for the full file.
- The Mac’s Safari Web browser will have more privacy controls and ways to share links more easily.
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on Jul 1st, 2014 and filed under Literature & Electronic
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