Apple adds Family Sharing as part of its iOS 8 update for iPhone and iPad


Family Sharing in OS 8 (image Apple)

At its World Wide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple unveiled the latest versions of its operating systems for its Macintosh computers and its iPhone and iPad mobile devices.

The newest mobile operating system iOS 8, will include a health dashboard that consolidates data from different health and fitness apps with the ability to contact your health care provider if your numbers go out of range. Apple also improved the onscreen keyboard to better predict what you’re about to type and is giving developers tools to integrate iPhones with home appliances like garage door openers, thermostats, door locks and lighting systems.

Family Sharing

A new iOS feature is Family Sharing, which enables up to six people in your family to share apps, iBooks and music purchased on iTunes.  You can pay for all family purchases on the same credit card and parents can approve (or not) kids’ spending from their device. The Family Sharing feature requires family members use the same credit card, so it’s pretty much limited to real family members, not friends. 


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iOS 8 photo app (image: Apple)

Pictures taken on iPhones and iPads will automatically be uploaded to users’ iCloud account so that they can be accessed from any device (even a Windows PC).  Apple is also beefing up its editing tools including an auto-enhance feature that adjusts lighting and color.

For more, see this summary from the LA Times as well as CNET’s take and the New York Times’ summary.

Mac OS X: Yosemite

The new Mac operating system called Yosemite will feature a new look and new features, including an iCloud drive for storing files online as well as the ability for iPhone users to answer and make calls from their Mac.


Coming in the fall

Both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will be available in the fall. Developers got their copies today. Apple is taking the unusual step of creating a beta test program for its Yosemite OS X version over the summer to the first million people who sign-up here.