Search Engines, Spotlight & Notification Centre
Cutting further ties with Google, Apple announced that Bing will be the search engine used for Spotlight and turning on Private Mode will divert searches through to DuckDuckGo, the privacy-sensitive search engine.
The Spotlight UI is also being updated and will appear in the centre of the desktop and integrate third-party sources such as Yelp and Wikipedia.
Spotlight will also allow for third-party widgets to feature in your search queries. Similarly the notification centre will also allow for third-party widget integration along with a 'today pane', customizable to give you the exact information you need.
Continuity, Handoff & AirDrop
Overall, an increased ability to share not only from Mac to Mac or iPhone to iPhone but across multiple apple devices. Mac users will be able to receive and make iPhone calls on their Mac without touching their iPhone.
One of the most significant aspects of continuity was the announcement of apple’s Handoff feature that allows users to seamlessly transition from device to device. Using a lock screen iPhone users can choose to continue their activity on their mac and vice versa.
Serving a blow to Dropbox, Airdrop has been stepped up to so that users can share a variety of files again between multiple apple device.
Safari enjoys tweaks and enhancements as opposed to any major makeover in this round of updates.
Privacy plays a big role with new ‘clear history’ functionality and private browsing tabs. Similar to Chrome, users can choose to clear history for the past hour, today, today and yesterday or all time. There’s also talk of synchronising browser history across apple devices as a default and, by clearing history on their Mac, users will also be clearing history on all apple devices on the same iCloud account.
Private browsing in Safari 8 also borrows from Chrome in that a private window can be opened with non-private windows still running. Previous versions of Safari insisted that entering private mode meant that all windows needed to be private.
See our iOS8 Round Up
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