Apple just delivered a knockout blow to Android with iOS 8

“Apple’s World Wide Developer conference is supposed to be a place for, you guessed it, developers to hear about the latest developments in Apple’s software and hardware,” Ian Morris writes for Forbes. “In previous years, it’s been about releasing new devices, and that has turned it into a bit of a media circus. Not this year though, because Apple didn’t announce any new hardware at all. There was no iWatch, no new iPhone and no improvements to the iPad.”

“Apple just spoke about two new things. The new version of MacOS and iOS8, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system. On the surface, this sounds a bit disappointing, but in reality Apple has done more to change mobile and desktop computing than anyone else has for some time,” Morris writes. “Most exciting of all though, was Apple’s iOS8. To look at, you wouldn’t think that would be the case. Visually, it’s just a tweak to iOS7, but under the hood things start to get more interesting. Extensions were the first thing that blew my mind. Now iOS apps are able to communicate with each other, and one can give or take data from another. This might sound like a small thing, but with Apple’s eye for security in place, it allows apps to work together in ways they never could have before… This is a significant improvement over current iOS devices, and there is no similar feature on Android either.”

“Apple also opened up its fingerprint scanner via a new API. This means that you’ll be able to authorise app purchases via fingerprint. Rightly, Apple doesn’t allow any of that secure information off the device, it’s all kept locked away, but this is a great, secure way to pay. Fingerprints are not perfect security of course, but they do bring together conveniences and a reasonable level of protection, which is what the public wants.,” Morris writes. “In total, Apple says there are now 4000 new APIs for developers to use in iOS8… What the firm did at this WWDC was make it clear that Android’s reputation for flexibility is being challenged, and Apple thinks it can avoid the problems with malware and viruses that have been something of an issue for Android. This is the first WWDC where I think Apple has got everything right.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dominick P.” for the heads up.]

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  1. So what’s with the ludicrous heading MDN? Yeah, I’m sure that all these updates are great improvements, but if you think they are a “knockout blow to Android” you have your hand on it. “Knockout blow”suggests it will force Android out of business – off the market – and that just isn’t going to happen any time soon. While we here at the Church of Apple might like to see Android knocked out, this won’t even come close, so a little less breathlessness over the WWDC reveals, (good ‘though they are), might be in order.

    1. .me is correct. There will always be a market for cheap knockoffs. Witness China.

      But does this WWDC make it clear that Android is stuck living on the other side of the railroad tracks? Damned right.

  2. The Church of Apple is nothing more than a condescending label invented by self-identified anti-snobs, a label draped over a large number of consumers who spent for premium products instead of bargains, a label that insinuates marketing flummery and style over substance, a scarlet letter of imprudence, a suggestion of hypnotic influence over rationality, an insult to the finest craftsmen’s intimate magic appeal, a denial of their blades’ trueness against the tin swords of pretenders.

        1. Dickens, Twain, Victor Hugo. They just don’t seem to resonate with coddled young folks today. I shall instead go off and study hip-hop and rap. I shall return when I have grasped gangsta street vernacular. Then you’ll all pray for deliverance; mark my words!

    1. Uh, hannahjs, I thought I used the C of A in a complimentary way and was unaware it had negative connotations toward Apple. No slur toward Apple and my fellow fans was intended. While I’m not above criticising Apple when it’s warranted, I’ve been a rusted-on Apple buyer and user for over two decades. I guess I go a bit weak-kneed over most Apple stuff and have never taken offence at being labelled an Apple fanboy or similar, ’cause that’s what I am! My beef was with the MDN headline, not the WWDC content.

  3. I’m trying to figure out how this is a “knockout blow” to Android when it’s iOS that’s seriously slipping in marketshare?! This is just more “Okay, now the iPhone can do that too” a year after Android has already been doing it! Granted the user experience is more esthetically pleasing in some ways and more consistent in many others, but Apple has seriously been lagging behind in most areas for the last 3-4 years!

    1. Apple don’t give a damn about marketshare – haven’t you learnt anything?

      What would you prefer – 10% global marketshare with 90% of the profits or 90% marketshare with only 10% of the profits?

    2. So according to you, Apple is just now catching up to Android? Really? In what respect? Be specific. We’ll let you know what’s wrong with your every comment.

      So far we understand that you think that Microsoft and Android are the way to go, and that you’re here just to throw unsubstantiated trash at Apple. Tell us exactly how your discombobulated ecosystem and poorly thought out hardware are superior.

  4. This ”knockout blow” is coming from stuff that Android has been offering since its inception. I see people saying that Apple has integrated them better but to be honest the same level of integration has been available on Android for a long time.

    As far as IOS is concerned this WWDC was more evolutionary and less innovative. It’s good that Apple is taking leaves out of the Android playbook but I would like to see more innovation from them.

    Right now I cannot see myself purchasing an Iphone as IOS doesn’t meet my full needs(I am an Android power user and I need my phone to be as powerful and flexible as possible).

  5. Always get your software ducks in a row before releasing your hardware…just how many new high spec Android devices are dependent, just sitting and waiting on a 64 bit OS from parent Google, while Apple has already hurdled the 64-bit mountain and actually created a new programming language? Ha People just don’t get it just how far behind Apple people really are. Apple just cleared a path thru the forest for the next 10 years.

  6. There is no knockout blow here, not even a slap on the face. A lot of smoke and noise but nothing more. Most of the new stuff announced are ideas and directions and are not near delivery yet, while others are also already active in those areas. The IOS developments are largely catch up and most blatant copies of Android, so much so, I cannot see how the many commenters here who have recently been accusing all and sundry of copying Apple can show their faces anymore. These incremental changes will make IOS a better OS but are hardly revolutionary. There is a lot of potential in the announcements and that is encouraging, but it’s a long, long way from the promises made of new products being actually delivered all through 2014, and that fact seems to be lost in the smoke and noise.

  7. Health app is already on the Galaxy 5.

    Third party keyboard is not Swype. Apple IOS8 is offering “adaptive typing”. That’s not Swype! That’s just like auto-correct-right?

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