Some announcements were old news for Android users, but in the main it was a confident keynote that emphasized ‘continuity’ – the ability to work anywhere and on any device without interruption.
For business users, iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite are big leaps forward. Here are the features you need to know about.
If you juggle work between several Apple devices, you’ll be able to switch between them and pick up where you left off. For example, if you start writing an email on your iPhone, with a click or a swipe you can finish it off on your Mac. Apple calls this OS X Yosemite feature ‘Handoff’.
If you’ve an iPhone running iOS 8, you’ll be able to make phone calls and send text messages from your Mac and iPad.
Ever emailed a document to yourself, so you can pick it up on your iPhone? With iOS 8 and Yosemite, you can share files between your Mac and your iPhone and iPad wirelessly using AirDrop. Previously, you could only share between mobile devices or between Macs.
If you’re working on your Mac without a Wi-Fi connection, OS X Yosemite will automatically find and allow you to start using the connection with a couple of clicks.
With iOS 8, your iPhone and iPad now have file browsing capabilities with iCloud Drive, Apple’s DropBox ‘killer’. It brings a ‘files and folders’ system back to iCloud and syncs with your Mac’s Finder app.
For road warriors, Siri in iOS 8 can now be invoked without pressing a button. So you can just shout “Hey, Siri” at your iPhone and it will appear automatically and without you having to take your hands off the wheel.