Apple Opens Camera API to Developers, Offers PhotosKit SDK For Photos in iOS 8

PhotoKit WWDC Demo

Apple has a few new things in store for us this fall. Basically, nothing is set in stone because Apple has unlocked much of its secrets to share with developers. In fact, there will be more than 4,000 APIs and services that can facilitate new apps and features in iOS 8. One area that Apple has loosened its grip is with the native Photos and Camera apps.

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Apple Will Allow Third-Party Keyboards System Wide in iOS 8

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When Apple launches iOS 8, the biggest change will come on the developer end. The company is know for keeping things closed off to developers. However, iOS 8 will bring the biggest changes for developers since the launch of the App Store. One of the biggest new possibilities coming this fall will be the ability to choose what keyboard you use system wide.

That’s right. Apple has unlocked the ability for developers to create keyboards that users can use as their main keyboard function. I can’t wait to see all of the fun colors and goofy symbols that will find their way into the App Store this year.

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What Devices Are Going to Be Compatible with iOS 8?

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This week, Apple unveiled the upcoming iOS 8 and many of the cool new features we can expect to see at the fall launch. With each new update, the question arises as to what devices will still be compatible with the ever-changing technology that Apple offers its users. With iOS 7, users as far back as the iPhone 4, iPad mini and iPad 2, as well as the fifth-generation iPod touch are able to use the current software. When iOS 8 launches, the iPhone 4 will be off the list, leaving the iPhone 4s and higher, the fifth-generation iPod touch, the iPad 2 and higher, and the iPad mini and higher.

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Temple Run Hits One Billion Downloads as Gaming Grows on iOS

Temple Run 1 Billion Download Infograph

Today, game maker Imangi Studios announced that its popular mobile game Temple Run and the sequel Temple Run 2 have been downloaded more than one billion times since the launch of the original in 2011. It just goes to show that dreams can come true for independent game developers. Imangi Studios started as a husband and wife team working out of their apartment. Not bad for only three years later.

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Family Sharing Brings Useful New Features to iOS 8

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Multi-device households are becoming the norm and now there is going to be a new way to handle the sharing of purchases and content between family members. This is a must-explore feature that is going to revolutionize how families use iOS.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: iPad Case from Upcycled Shorts

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I have a stack of t-shirts, jeans, skirts, and other items of clothing that I’ve grown out of, or maybe they never fit to begin with. Who knows? I’m always looking for clever sewing projects that I can use my unwearable clothes for. This week’s do-it-yourself project is for an iPad case made out of an old pair of shorts, which I have a few pairs of in my stack. Guess I’d better start sewing.

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AirPlay Doesn’t Need Wi-Fi Network in iOS 8 Thanks to New Peer-to-Peer Feature

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Apple talked about a lot of new features coming this fall to iOS and OS X. However, there was also a lot of stuff they left off. One such feature that is coming to iOS 8 is the ability to share data from your device to Apple TV without needing to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Your device doesn’t even need to be online at all in order to share your screen with others through the set-top box.

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Five Features We Wish Apple Had Added to iOS 8

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With this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple showed of a bunch of new features that, believe it or not, will actually make iOS better than it already is. Over the past few months, we’ve heard a lot of rumors about things that Apple was supposedly working on adding in iOS 8. However, some of those features never came into reality. To honor their memory, we’ve got a list of features we wish Apple would have added to iOS 8.

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Photos App Changes in iOS 8 – A Closer Look at iCloud Photo Library, In-App Editing, and More

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One of the new iOS 8 features that Apple demonstrated at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) was the upcoming changes to the native Photos app. One of the biggest changes involves the ability to keep all of your photos from iCloud available anywhere, anytime using iCloud Photo Library. Plus, Apple has added some basic editing tools and filters to the app and even made it possible for you to edit with third-party apps directly in Photos.

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Instagram 6.0 Adds New Photo Editing Tools, Where is the iPad Support?

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Today, Instagram added 10 new photo-editing tools to make those pictures of your food, pets, and shoes even more attractive than before. You’ll be able to reduce filter strength, adjust brightness and contrast, and sharpen up those lines. What you won’t be able to do is use the official app on the iPad without the 2X zoom.

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