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HomeKit: Why Apple Buried its Biggest Announcement at WWDC

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Imagine you’re arriving home after work, and before you can fumble around for your keys, the door simply senses your presence and unlocks, the lights turn on, music from your favorite album begins to play from your speaker system, the air inside is cooled to your ideal temperature.

What you’re envisioning is actually already possible. All of the technology exists—with products from companies such as Belkin, Insteon, Vera, and Nest—but it hasn’t been leveraged into an integrated system that’s accessible to the everyday person.



WWDC14 Wrap Up: A Stunning Display of Innovation

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If there was a common theme for WWDC 2014, Tim Cook articulated it at the end. He said what's great about Apple products is that their operating system, devices, and services work together in harmony, creating a seamless experience for users. And that seamless experience was expanded in dramatic fashion today, with the announcement of new technologies such as HomeKit, HealthKit, iCloud Drive, and Continuity. Apple also announced a ton of new features for built-in apps in iOS 8 such as Mail, Messages, Photos, and Safari.



Apple Introduces Dr. Dre to the World at Today's WWDC Keynote.

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As soon as I heard about the potential deal between Apple and Dr. Dre's Beats I knew it was a brilliant idea and a prudent business move. I've covered the story many times since it first broke, always with a sense of awe and wonder that Apple would pick this original gangsta rapper to be an executive employee. Well, today, during this morning's Keynote at WWDC 2014, Apple's VP of Software, Craig Federighi called the good doctor from his laptop during his presentation of the new Yosemite OS and introduced him to the world as a new Apple employee.



WWDC14: Smarter Homes Thanks to HomeKit

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As expected, Apple introduced HomeKit, a platform to standardize new and existing home automation systems. They didn't announce any new hardware, but that's probably for the best. Rather than stifle competition, HomeKit can help encourage competing vendors like Lowes, Schlage, Google's Nest and others by making it easy to work together. Lights, locks, thermostats, garage door openers from different manufacturers can now be controlled by Siri or third-party apps, as long as the devices leverage iOS 8 and HealthKit.



WWDC14: Touch ID Now Available for Third-Party Apps

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Touch ID has been very successful on the iPhone 5s, increasing both security and convenience. It's rumored that Touch ID will now be on all new iOS devices, including the forthcoming iPads. 



WWDC14: New Keyboard Features Include Third-Party Keyboards

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Apple made two significant announcements related to the iOS keyboard today. One is predictive capability, called QuickType. Depending on context, iOS is now smart enough to predict words as you type. 



WWDC14: New Features for Siri

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Siri will have a couple great new features in iOS 8. One is hands-free operation, such that you can simply say "Hey Siri" and Siri will respond. This, of course, will be especially useful if you're in your car.



WWDC14: iOS 8 Includes Health App Based on HealthKit Platform

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Apple announced their new HealthKit platform and Health app. The main idea is that HealthKit is a single comprehensive repository for all your health and fitness information. The announced platform goes far beyond the rumors. 



WWDC14: iOS 8: Reply to Messages from Lock Screen or from Within apps; Group Messaging

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Big changes to Messages in iOS 8. You can now reply to SMS messages within the lock screen or within an app. 



WWDC14: Apple Announces iCloud Drive, Greater Integration Between iPhone and Desktop

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Apple's vision is stunning. A new feature being demoed right now is Continuity. You can make a call on your phone and then as you sit at your Mac, you can continue the phone via your Mac. 



WWDC14: Mac OS Yosemite

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While iPhone Lifers are interested in iPhones, iPads, and iPods, the "halo effect" means Macs are important too. As customers become Apple users for the first time, they appreciate the quality, performance, design, and finish that Apple provides; and when it's time to purchase a computer, a Mac often ends up on the short list. Of course, iOS app developers have to use Macs, so iOS and Mac devices are linked together. Finally, Apple has been combining the best features of iOS with Mac OS, and vice versa. With that in mind, let's look at the Mac news from today's WWDC keynote.



Apple News: WWDC Alternative

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Couldn't make it to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference? You're in good company. With only about 5,000 tickets, and hundreds of thousands of iOS and Mac OS developers, even if you wanted to attend, the odds of winning a lottery ticket for the privilege of paying $1600+ to attend were against you. But Apple will be making videos of their sessions available to developers, and the keynote will be streamed to Apple fans. However, after attending a couple of WWDCs, I've found that the real secrets are spilled at the MacTech Conference.



For or Against iWatch? These Vids Will Help You Decide

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As reported now on several tech sites, the attached parody video (which is a scream, by the way) will make you indeed wonder why you need another premium Apple gadget on your person. But then I had to muddy the waters by adding a mind-blowing tech video from Carnegie Mellon University that demonstrates some stupendously cool things that are possible on your wrist. You won't believe it.. Read on to see it!



Live Coverage of Apple's WWDC Keynote

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Today is the big day! At 10 a.m. Pacific Time, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for Apple's WWDC Keynote address.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get our live commentary during the event or scroll down on this page for the most recent tweets. Visit the iPhoneLife.com home page for insightful commentary from our dedicated team of writers during the big event and in-depth opinion and analysis afterward!



Boomerang Produces High-Quality Sound

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The FAVI Boomerang ($79.99 on Amazon) is a dual wireless Bluetooth speaker with NFC connect. It's a portable home theater for your iPad. Honestly, I was shocked at how fabulous the sound quality was when I tested it out. 



Are you Ready for some Action? Film Your Summer Escapades with Your iPhone.

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Are you the daring type? Are you ready for action this summer? Have you had it with not being able to record your summer adventures during those times when you need both hands free? A new Kickstarter success story has come up with a very affordable way to remedy the situation, one that allows you to use your iPhone to film your escapades, while leaving your hands unencumbered. Introducing the appropriately named ReadyAction iPhone mounting system.



Tip of the Day: How to Zoom While You're Shooting a Video on Your iPhone

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If you've ever tried to capture your kids being adorable or hilarious on video, you know that super stealth is often required. If a child notices that he is being filmed, the cuteness usually ends immediately. Fortunately, zooming is not just for static picture taking. 



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Gets Updated to iOS 7.1

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Blogger Kevin McNeish has been writing his Unleash Your Inner App developer series for over a year now, sharing his app development expertise with nonprogrammers who have a great idea for an app but don't have the programming skills to build it. The series has been very popular as a result of Kevin's easy-to-follow, in-depth instructions. Now the series is being updated to reflect the most recent version of iOS 7 and we'll be posting an updated post every weekday starting today.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 2: Your First Taste of Xcode

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 2 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (This post has been updated to iOS 7.1.)

After introducing the tools you'll need to develop apps in my previous postI assume you've installed Xcode and are ready to get a taste of app developmentI find there is no better way to learn than by doing, so let's dive in and start creating an app.



What to Expect from Apple's Keynote Monday at WWDC

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Apple's stock continues to jump up, and there's a tremendous amount of enthusiasm as everyone looks ahead to Apple's keynote on Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Stock analysts and fanboys have been wondering if Apple still has its mojo in the post-Steve-Jobs era, and CEO Tim Cook has continued to promise that new product categories are coming. Everyone seems to be anticipating we will indeed get something new on Monday—if not hardware, then almost certainly a new platform or two. Let's take a look at what we know is coming, what seems likely, and what's rumored.



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