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More on Apple: HomeKit, 3rd-party keyboards, Touch ID, widgets

Apple's (AAPL -1.2%) reported home automation platform has been unveiled. Called HomeKit, the platform acts as "a common network protocol" for 3rd-party hardware/chips that can be managed by iDevices - initial supporters include Broadcom, Cree, TI, Philips, Honeywell, and Haier.

HomeKit also integrates with Siri - saying "Get ready for bed" can result in a connected house automatically locking its doors and dimming its lights.

Apple promises iOS 8 will deliver major GPU performance enhancements, such as a 10x increase in draw-call rates. Electronic Arts (EA -1.9%) is bringing its powerful Frostbite engine to the platform.

For the first time, iOS will support 3rd-party keyboards. Swype owner Nuance (NUAN) has ticked slightly higher in response. The OS will also add support for inter-app communications, a feature long requested by developers.

Also: 1) Siri now has a Google Now-like always-on mode. Saying "Hey, Siri" activates the service. 2) The Touch ID fingerprint sensor has been opened up to 3rd-party apps. 3) Like Yosemite, iOS 8 supports 3rd-party Notification Center widgets.

As expected, iOS 8 will launch to consumers in the fall (likely in tandem with the iPhone 6).

Live blogs: I, II. Live stream.

Previous coverage: Mac OS Yosemite, iOS 8

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  • King Rat
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    For developers, Metal (graphics) may be interesting but Swift was by far the best tool introduced. I wish I had had something like that when learning (and virtually failing) programming in college. Everything else seemed more geared toward users than developers.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • imac007
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    In comments to a recent article


    I said I would be watching the WWDC for confirmation of a thesis that Apple were transitioning themselves to be the centralizing OS of connectivity of the Internet of Everything. That idea would need developers on board. Confirmed.


    The thesis also says that their ecosystem will be an integral part to dominance.


    At the center is iBeacon connectivity.


    Extrapolating from that concept was the idea that Apple would be pulling devices together in an app command center to standardize the interconnection. It also said the device command center could be geo-sensitive allowing for a custom interface based on location.


    Biometrics and Health were also targeted with a new Healthkit developer pack. It appears the Mayo Clinic has been tapped as a source for analytics reference concerning extrapolation of inferences from the data collected.


    The thesis seems supported by their actions. They are opening iCloud and the fingerprint sensor to developers further supporting the concept with biometrics a key element combined with voice control and iBeacon integration.
    2 Jun 2014, 06:09 PM Reply Like
  • spike77
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    What a waste of time. I can get ready for bed easily without all this complicated stuff which will certainly go wrong and I'll spend half the night figuring out what the problem is and never get to bed at all. I can't see Homekit being much of a success.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • nguyenvanphuoc
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    "I can't see Homekit being much of a success."


    The multi-billion dollar Home Automation market in the US would seem to indicate that you may not represent what most people actually want.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:30 PM Reply Like
  • genomegk
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    How much do you pay each month to have your home security system monitored?
    2 Jun 2014, 08:00 PM Reply Like
  • JPnhy
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    Apple is doing things that nobody common people-mean- needs making those people think they actually are in need of one.
    2 Jun 2014, 09:57 PM Reply Like
  • skykiing
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    I have had a HAI smarthome for several years, and been hoping apple would integrate all this stuff so my iPhone or iPad could control it. Hope they do camera control too.
    2 Jun 2014, 10:35 PM Reply Like
  • JDEvolutionist
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    I was of the same opinion when people started talking about 'communication' a few years back, when mobiles were still on the drawing board. I was way off the mark and, while I still have reservations in terms of the directions in which it might take us, I have no doubt that 'the internet of things' is just in it's infancy.
    3 Jun 2014, 03:37 AM Reply Like
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    Can't wait to retrofit my home.......


    I really don't know how I got along without all those "home control everythings," in my life. It makes me realize how "nothing" my life was before I saw that one could control everything with their cell phone.......Now if they would just add a "control-a-teenager" feature..........


    2 Jun 2014, 03:24 PM Reply Like
  • db313706
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    Still waiting to be blown away.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • jpintoctr
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    It was a flawless presentation showing great stuff. Looking forward to get Yosemite and OS8.
    Interesting the contrast of integration and upgrade levels between Android ( fragmented and chaotic updates) and OS (seamless integration and consistent updates even for older models).
    That is why Samsung is leaving Android by following Apple's path and have its own OS.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:30 PM Reply Like
  • Left Banker
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    A Swype keyboard for my iPad. Yah. Long overdue Apple.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:48 PM Reply Like
  • Mortonk
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    Looking forward to the hardware which will undoubtedly follow on from this demo....!
    2 Jun 2014, 03:48 PM Reply Like
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    How about a "no keyboard" for your iPad. Is Swype the best they have?


    2 Jun 2014, 04:02 PM Reply Like
  • genomegk
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    Yes, as you understand it.
    2 Jun 2014, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • digger5
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    In some respects, Apple oversold this conference. They implied that some really great things would be revealed. However, they may not have been talking to investors but rather developers. I think it's going to be weeks before we know much about these new capacities and how they will play in the marketplace. Even if the apps are great, the payday doesn't come to investors unless consumers decide to buy new products as a result. Jury is out....way out.
    2 Jun 2014, 04:24 PM Reply Like
  • Julian Acosta
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    Well yes, it's a developers conference. It's the public and media that overhype it.
    2 Jun 2014, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • tech01x
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    Hmm... Apple undersold this conference. Non-techies might not understand that today's keynote was probably the strongest display of technologies that will have a huge impact on the strength of Apple's product lineup since the introduction of the App Store on iOS.


    They have been very busy and there is a lot to go over. The rest is now NDA.
    2 Jun 2014, 05:09 PM Reply Like
  • fitness14
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    An amazing conference. What features, continuity, technology, and style. An amazing culture they have. I have never felt better about the future of Apple than I do now. I speak as an investor and also as a user.
    2 Jun 2014, 05:45 PM Reply Like
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    I can type 60 WPM without looking on an keyboard.
    The iOS multi touch provided for this....Apple just doesn't think you are smart enough to learn to do sad.....maybe someday.


    2 Jun 2014, 05:50 PM Reply Like
  • financeminister
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    So was this meant to be the "best thing I've seen in 25 years" moment?
    2 Jun 2014, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    I am super impressed. Anybody who says Apple isn't innovative isn't paying attention.
    2 Jun 2014, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • jjkiam
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    So funny to read the disappointed comments
    The same thing comes up every year. No matter what Apple does, some less than informed people are just waiting to throw stones.
    The name of this conference is the WW Developers C and based on the announcements today, Apple mad a lot of developers very happy!!!
    How short sighted is it to not see how this will affect their upcoming hardware releases!!
    2 Jun 2014, 06:24 PM Reply Like
  • JMajoris
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    Be thankful for folks who lack vision. Someone's gotta be late to the party ;-)


    <<So funny to read the disappointed comments>>
    2 Jun 2014, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • raincity
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    Awesome keynote today. Apple really hit it out of the park. I can't wait to see the new hardware that will be running the new kit.
    2 Jun 2014, 06:46 PM Reply Like
  • armenaubar
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    Integration between OS X and iOS is going ahead. That's the overwhelming announcement. Because Android will never get that. Chrome OS is a desperate mean for overlapping Windows and even possibly a substitute for android, obsessed Google is to steal anyway your move and data.
    2 Jun 2014, 08:02 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    Couldn't believe all the positive comments from the developers. 100% thought this was Apple's best WWDC. It was like they couldn't wait to get started. No more work phone? Cool. Answer calls from my iPad. Cool. Making my personal assistant (Siri) work harder, Cool. Expanding the ecosystem by an unlimited number, is really cool. I'm very happy I invested in Apple. This ride is just starting IMO. Better get on board, because the ticket price is going up. Way up! The best is yet to come. Good luck everyone.
    2 Jun 2014, 08:14 PM Reply Like
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    And Michael Blair seems to have no comments whatsoever!
    Why the absence, Michael? Does silence means consent?
    2 Jun 2014, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • SA User 74XXXXX
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    Hey Siri, telephone Tim Cook and tell him to come back with something that can move the iCompass needle, e.g. iPayment or iBank or etc.
    3 Jun 2014, 02:11 AM Reply Like
  • dmarilley
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    There is a difference between innovation and profits. Ask Sony, because this smells like Sony.
    3 Jun 2014, 03:23 AM Reply Like
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