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Apple Release Offers Details of iOS 8 SDK

June 2, 2014

Paul Quintaro

Apple® (NASDAQ: AAPL) today released its iOS 8 SDK, the biggest developer release ever with

more than 4,000 new APIs, giving developers the ability to create amazing new

apps like never before. iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user

experience with major extensibility features like Notification Center widgets

and third-party keyboards; and introduces robust frameworks such as HealthKit

and HomeKit. iOS 8 also includes Metal, a new graphics technology that

maximizes the performance of the A7 chip and Swift, a powerful new programming


Apple unveils iOS 8, the Biggest Release Since the Launch of the App Store.

(Photo: Business Wire)

Apple unveils iOS 8, the Biggest Release Since the Launch of the App Store.

(Photo: Business Wire)

“With more than 800 million iOS devices sold worldwide, the opportunity for

developers is huge,” said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of

Software Engineering. “This is the biggest iOS release since the launch of the

App Store. The iOS 8 SDK delivers more than 4,000 new APIs including amazing

new frameworks, greater extensibility and a revolutionary new programming


iOS 8 offers developers robust frameworks including HealthKit APIs that

provide the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each

other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other

apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness.

For example, your blood pressure app could share its data with a physician

app, such as the Mayo Clinic app, so your doctor can provide high-quality

guidance and care.

“We believe Apple's HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry

interacts with people,” said John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and

CEO. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with

the Mayo Clinic app.”

As HealthKit combines health data to help you take better care of your health,

HomeKit lets your home accessories connect seamlessly to better manage your

home. HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to

easily control individual or groups of devices throughout the house including

integration with Siri®. For example, you can tell Siri you are “going to bed”

and it could dim the lights, lock your doors, close the garage door and set

the thermostat.

“We are excited to be part of the next step in making home automation a

reality, in a safe and integrated way,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips

Lighting. “HomeKit will allow us to further enhance the Philips Hue lighting

experience by making it simpler to securely pair devices throughout the house

and control them using Siri.”

Developers can further customize the user experience with iOS extensions,

including new sharing options, custom photo filters, custom actions and

document APIs. Developers can now add their own widgets into Notification

Center, and third-party keyboards offer additional layouts and input methods.

Gaming on iOS takes a huge leap forward in iOS 8 with Metal, a new graphics

technology that maximizes performance on the A7 chip. With its dramatic 10

times improvement in draw call speed, Metal enables leading game providers for

the first time to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices. For casual

games, iOS 8 now features SceneKit, making it easy to create fun 3D games,

along with major enhancements to SpriteKit, including field forces, per-pixel

physics and inverse kinematics.

Swift is a powerful new programming language for iOS and OS X® that makes it

easier than ever for developers to create incredible apps. Designed for Cocoa®

and Cocoa Touch®, Swift combines the performance and efficiency of compiled

languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting

languages. By design, Swift helps developers write safer and more reliable

code by eliminating entire categories of common programming errors, and

coexists with Objective-C® code, so developers can easily integrate Swift into

their existing apps. Xcode® Playgrounds make writing Swift code incredibly

interactive by instantly displaying the output of Swift code.

iOS 8 also includes Touch ID™ APIs enabling developers to securely

authenticate users within apps, protect logins and user data, and unlock

keychain items. With iOS 8, developers can provide authentication with a

successful fingerprint match while keeping your fingerprint data safe and

protected in the secure enclave.

Additional iOS 8 developer features include:

• PhotoKit, so developers can tap into the power of the same robust framework

as the built-in Photos app for faster performance, nondestructive edits and

the ability to both read and write to the Photos library;

• new Camera APIs, giving developers fine grain control over focus, white

balance and exposure;

• CloudKit, a complete and scaleable back-end solution helps developers

eliminate the need for writing server code and maintaining servers; and

• new App Store? features for developers like app previews and app bundles,

the new iTunes Connect with free analytics and TestFlight for beta testing

pre-release apps.

iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® customers have access to the revolutionary App

Store, which offers more than 1.2 million apps in 155 countries around the

world. The App Store receives more than 300 million visitors each week and iOS

users have downloaded more than 75 billion apps.

The iOS 8 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer

Program members at This fall iOS 8 will be available as a

free software update for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch

5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina® display, iPad Air™, iPad mini™ and

iPad mini with Retina display. iCloud® Photo Library and iCloud Drive™ use

your iCloud storage with the first 5GB free. Features are subject to change.

Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

A beta version of Swift is available immediately for iOS and OS X Developer

Program members at The final version will be made

available this fall, and apps written in Swift can be submitted to the App

Store and Mac® App Store when iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are released.

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