iOS 8, HealthKit platform announced; iOS device sales top 800M

iOS 8 (AAPL -1.3%) adds support for interactive notifications, a feature that allows users to act on notifications (e.g. like/comment on a Facebook post) as soon as it pops up on a screen.

As expected, a Health app (rumors called it Healthbook) has been launched. Relying on a platform called HealthKit, the app offers an integrated view of health/fitness data from iDevice sensors and 3rd-party apps/services. Initial partners include Nike and the Mayo Clinic.

As with Mac OS, Spotlight search has been updated: It provides recommendations and location-specific info as a user searches. The iOS keyboard, long due for an update, has been overhauled and now (like many Android keyboards) supports predictive suggestions.

Other features: 1) A Family sharing service that allows content to be shared between up to 6 family members. 2) Improvements for iPhoto, Messages, and Mail. 3) A slew of new features for Siri, including song and streaming voice recognition.

Tim Cook states 800M+ iOS devices have been sold (up from 700M last September), and that Apple has added 130M new users over the last year. Cumulative iPhone and iPad sales have respectively topped 500M and 200M. 75B+ apps have been downloaded through the App Store, up from 50B+ in May 2013.

After rallying to new 52-week highs in recent weeks, Apple shares are ticking lower.

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  • Deja Vu
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    2 Jun 2014, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • robgra
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    Tim Cook, rally killer.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • 2sd
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    Tim Cook and Barry Obama
    2 Jun 2014, 03:46 PM Reply Like
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    Really pretty Good!


    Apple has released some pretty good developments, but their stock is down. It's enough to make me believe that investors were "expecting" something more than "Pretty good." That's the problem with expectations.......most people (investors) don't understand what the heck is going on. Now, us Nerds (as some call us) are really pretty excited, but the average investor.....not so much.


    Anyway .....the week isn't over yet....... keep the faith....


    2 Jun 2014, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • robgra
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    When you are completely out of innovative ideas, you invent a new programming language...Apple imitating Microsoft.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
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    Summary of today's show "Hey lets first knock Android, then steal a few of their features, give them fancy names and pretend we invented them"
    2 Jun 2014, 03:27 PM Reply Like
  • 2MuchDebt
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    @Deja Vu: I saw some of the changes to iOS 8 and thought the exact same thing. Apple is certainly taking features of Android and tossing it into iOS.
    2 Jun 2014, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • Left Banker
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    HealthKit will likely be the biggest deal here. Take that any way you like.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    Bigger than home automation? People aren't thinking about how much of their everyday lives could be handled for them. Services are king.


    Tha said, Apple's track record over the decades for releasing platforms is not that great until recently. As with OS X Server, VPN, Pages, a slew of others, the concept demo is often about all you see.
    2 Jun 2014, 04:17 PM Reply Like
  • 2MuchDebt
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    Home automation could be big but I don't want it and I see a lot of problems with glitches, hacking, etc. I can lock a door and turn off a light. The only way I see this being a positive is if you leave home for an extended period of time and forgot to lock up or turn off lights (which I imagine wouldn't happen very much, or ever, if you're responsible). Otherwise people are just lazy and it has the potential to create problems/security issues.
    2 Jun 2014, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • Golipoli
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    Given the recent run up, I would have expected the stock to tank, regardless of what was announced, hardware included. I take the fact that it dropped less than 1% following the keynote as a sign of strength. "Buy on rumor, sell on news" did not prove nearly as bountiful as it has in keynotes past.


    To those who expected a hardware release today, remember that WWDC is a software-centric even. With only a few exceptions, Apple does not release "the next big thing" at this event.


    I think the releases today are very positive, but the wow factor of their release won't be fully recognized for months to come.
    2 Jun 2014, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • LYogi
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    sounds like they are copying Blackberry10 with ability to respond to notifications in-app when they appear and predictive text keyboards....too bad though that Apple still has all that bloated code in their OS and can't compete with the power of a QNX-based OS.
    2 Jun 2014, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • Neil Anderson
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    Loved the Zen garden app demo. Feeling peaceful about AAPL.
    2 Jun 2014, 05:29 PM Reply Like
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    Predictive keyboards:


    Wow....predictive keyboard....what fun. "no... not that....oops...not that either....oops...damn!"
    So sad.....Apple's iOS multi-touch already provides for the text input with one hand....without errors...60 WPM stupid....predicting...
    Apple just doesn't think users are smart enough to learn a new sad...
    Maybe someday......


    2 Jun 2014, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • jakexb
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    If you think this was boring, then you're not a developer. The stuff that is being queued up here is huge and ABSOLUTELY points to the iwatch and most likely an Appletv that rivals xbox and play station in console-quality gaming. Have fun with your iYawn quips while you can. The writing is on the wall here.


    Also don't knock the hugely overlooked CloudKit announcement. Apple just made it incredibly easy for developers to create apps without building a separate backend. The ease of building advantage on ios is now very large. Simply put, more new apps will get written for ios first.
    2 Jun 2014, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • ValTheGal
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    Completely agree with your comments. I find it amazing that so many people continue to believe that Apple should make a hardware announcement at its software convention. WWDC is, and always will be, for Apple's developers, not for traders and investors. (I know that I was impressed enough make note of when I can Beta-test Yosemite.)


    As for new products, I also agree with your statement about iWatch and Apple TV. Anyone who's been paying attention to patents, acquisitions, key hires — and, now, amazing software and Swift language in the hands of 5,000 programmers/developers — knows that we will have an entirely new product category for the 2014 holiday shopping season.


    Was I bored with the presentation? Absolutely not. What I found boring was the Apple-bashers' typical, naive, and self-serving postings.
    3 Jun 2014, 12:43 AM Reply Like
  • Riverrun
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    Most the negative comments will be from those who don't actually own the stock.
    2 Jun 2014, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • wwilliamss
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    Apple,buy and hold.
    Dividend grow ........
    Agree with Riverrun
    4 Jun 2014, 05:25 AM Reply Like
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    HEALTH SDK ( is a Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables developers of web and mobile applications to quickly and easily integrate with leading health and fitness platforms, applications, wearables and fitness equipment (
    1 Jul 2014, 07:26 AM Reply Like
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