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

|By:, SA News Editor

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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