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Apple Shows Off New Operating Software for iPhones and iPads

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Apple has shown off its latest software upgrade, which it says its its biggest OS release since the App Store was announced. As usual, the software wont be available for consumers to download until later this year usually timed to come out with their annual iPhone handset refresh.

The company said that iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience, including its own challenge to the file storage companies such as Dropbox, with its own iCloud Photo Library.

The new iOS 8 also includes predictive typing for Apple's QuickType keyboard amd Family Sharing, to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household.

"With more than 800 million iOS devices sold worldwide, the opportunity for developers is huge," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "The iOS 8 SDK delivers more than 4,000 new APIs including amazing new frameworks, greater extensibility and a revolutionary new programming language."

The Photos app can automatically straighten horizons and with smart editing tools, users can adjust light and color or access individual tools for deeper fine-tuning. With iCloud Photo Library, every adjustment and effect is automatically updated across all the users devices.

A new Health app gathers the information users select to share from various health apps and fitness devices, and offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other.

For Enterprise, iOS 8 builds on the new IT model for a mobilized workforce by improving the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed or restricted.

The iOS 8 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members.

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