On Monday, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 took place in San Francisco. Sure, there was absolutely no mention of the iPhone 6 but that doesn't mean there wasn't any other important stuff on the agenda.

Put your tech hat on, save yourself some time and take a quick look at the two biggest deals you need to know about.


Yosemite - Mac OS 10.10, Apple's latest desktop software

  • The design of the user interface for this new operating system (which is called Yosemite) has been totally refreshed, which is always nice. It's like having your room repainted without having to sleep on the sofa for a couple of days.
  • Safari has been updated with a sleeker design and improved tabs.
  • A new bunch of features, collectively called "Continuity", will make it easier for you to switch between their desktop and their smartphone.
  • This also includes an update to AirDrop, so sharing files between Mac and iOS devices will become easier.
  • In addition, iPhone users will be able to make calls, and send and receive texts, from their desktops. You'll be able to click on phone numbers and call them straight from your Mac. Not bad, eh?
  • A new cloud syncing service, called iCloud Drive, will basically rival Dropbox. It's an expansion of iCloud, which will let users share files and folders directly in Finder.

So the name of the game here is making sharing a lot more easier. Unless it's music. That's still very much a no-no.

Apple is offering a public beta version of Yosemite, so we can all try it out this summer. The full version will be released in autumn.


iOS 8 - the newest OS for iPhones and iPads

  • Family Sharing will allow a household to share purchases, photos and calenders.
  • Notifications have been improved. For example, when you receive a text, you can reply by swiping, rather than having to open the app. Everyone can appreciate those couple of seconds saved.
  • Improvements have been made to the auto-correct functionality on keyboard. You'll probably still end up asking your housemate to pick you up a box of "jizz wizards" on the way home.
  • A new Health app will be introduced, which will give you a simple overview of your fitness and be able to incorporate apps like Nike+. New and improved motivation and/or shame, depending on how you look at it.

Like Yosemite, iOS 8 will also be available in autumn.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 - Health