The Post Jobs Era
There was no iWatch or any other shiny new gadget, but there was a sense of a new day at this week's Apple Developer Conference. Most notably, Apple seems to be giving up a small measure of control and granting new capabilities to 3rd party developers. This is big for developers and, and Ars Tecnica documented why it is 'massive for everyone else'. Demonstrations included widgets from eBay and ESPN that can send auction updates and sports scores directly to the Notification Center. In the case of eBay the user could update a bid without leaving Notifications. 'Extensibility' is the new Apple emphasis that will allow apps to reach out of their sandboxes to interact with other apps and the end user in new ways. Users will also be able to choose photo editors that work within their Photoalbums, select 3rd party keyboards and login to apps via their fingerprint using TouchID.
The new mobile iOS8 is such an open system that jailbreaking is now pointless according to Business Insider. Pocket Lint explained how iOS8 will change the way that iPhones and iPads are used and Mashable listed 18 important features of iOS8.
Apple also announced some steps to distance itself from Google. Bing will be the default search engine for the Spotlight file management system. DuckDuckGo, a search engine with strict privacy protections, was pointedly added as an option in Safari.