The Lead: Apple plans for future with plans for new software offerings
Apple's annual keynote address at the
In a two-hour address to thousands of developers and journalists, CEO
The newest versions of Apple's iOS and OS X operating systems will provide "a seamless experience for our users that is unparalleled in the industry," Cook said in wrapping up Monday's program. "This is something only Apple can do."
Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite, named after
Dubbed "Continuity," the changes will allow consumers who own both Macs and iOS devices to more easily switch back and forth between them, with phone calls and SMS messages available on Macs while email drafts and documents started on a desktop computer will be instantly available on mobile devices.
Continuity's promise of allowing consumers to seamlessly switch back and forth between different devices is something that "people have been looking for for a long time," O'Donnell said.
The feature "was just mind blowing," said
The updated mobile operating system, iOS 8, will allow developers to offer new features thanks to a change from Apple that lets apps interact and become extensions of iOS 8. The change, for instance, will allow third-party keyboard apps that are popular in Android and other mobile operating systems.
The refreshed iOS will also be paired with new platforms in market sectors that are expected to be big growth engines in the coming years. HealthKit will allow developers and Apple to offer central apps that record and analyze users' vital signs, while HomeKit connects with Internet-enabled home appliances.
Apple didn't announce any wearable devices that could automatically sense and record a user's vital signs in HealthKit, and consumers won't get to use HomeKit to turn off lights or preheat the oven for a while, but Apple provided a glimpse of how customers will be using their devices in the future, according to one analyst.
"It's all about building a foundation for what's to come," said
Developer versions of the new operating systems debuted Monday, with full release set for the fall.
In the biggest announcement of the day for the software engineers for whom Apple throws its annual conference, Apple also showed off a new programming language, replacing the Objective-C language that has been at the core of Apple offerings for two decades. Software engineers were overjoyed at the announcement of the new language, dubbed "Swift," that Federighi said would provide "a level of dynamism and interactivity in development we've never seen before."
"From a developer standpoint, Swift is huge," said
As for the rest of Monday's announcements, Bajarin was optimistic but forced to wait for the eventual results with other Apple fans.
"I was pleased that I saw so many things that ... I could see myself using in the future," he said.
Apple stock fell 0.7 percent to
SV150 market report: Tech stocks fall as Samsung moves away from Android
Stocks struggled to find solid footing Monday after an important economic report on the manufacturing sector had to be immediately revised, with most indexes eventually recording small gains despite declines from
As Apple was showing off its mobile operating system of the future,
The SV150 index of
The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index: Down 5.42, or 0.13 percent, to 4,237.2
The blue chip Dow Jones industrial average: Up 26.46, or 0.16 percent, to 16,743.63
And the widely watched Standard & Poor's 500 index: Up 1.4, or 0.07 percent, to 1,924.97
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