Updated from 12:39 p.m. to include announcements.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) Apple (AAPL) kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference today, where it made several big software announcements, but no new hardware announcements, in light of a major product refresh and update later this year.
This year's WWDC, held in the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, focused on iOS 8, as well as Mac OS X, codenamed Yosemite.
Yosemite continues to converge with iOS, looking more like Apple's mobile operating system, but it's still separate enough to be distinct. As part of OS X Yosemite, Apple announced new features like Spotlight search, making online and offline search easy, straight from the operating system. It also enhances iCloud for Mac OS X using iCloud Drive, which allows users to store files of any type, and find them anywhere, including iOS, Mac OS, and even Microsoft (MSFT) Windows.
Perhaps one of the bigger features for Mac OS X is Handoff, which lets you start an activity on one device and continue working on it on another, as well as Instant Hotspot, which makes using your iPhone's hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. You can even make iPhone calls on your Mac using Yosemite.
"Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering in a press release. "We engineer our platforms, services and devices together, so we are able to create a seamless experience for our users across all our products that is unparalleled in the industry. It's something only Apple can deliver."
In addition to Yosemite, Apple unveiled the much-awaited iOS 8, which brings new features. It offers new Messages features, which allows users "to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe." There's also a new app, known as Health, "that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all in one place." One of the problems with iOS 8 has been autocorrect, and iOS 8 is fixing that, with predictive typing, using Apple's QuickType keyboard. Apple also announced that it would allow, for the first time ever, Swype keyboards into iOS.
TheStreet live-blogged the event, starting at 12:45 p.m. EST.
--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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