NEW YORK (TheStreet) - With no new hardware products but a major overhaul of its desktop and mobile operating system, Apple (AAPL) is laying the foundation for a big second half of the year.
On Monday, Apple launched its newest operating system, Mac OS X Yosemite, in addition to a new iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 8.
The iPhone and iPad creator called iOS 8 its biggest release since the launch of the App Store at the dawn of the iPhone era, and the redesign includes a host of new features and functions, which may add fodder to speculation a big hardware launch could come in the second half of 2014.
Apple says iOS 8, complete with an iCloud Photo Library, is a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience that will give users a lot of new functionality. Within iOS 8, Apple has launched a new Health application that will centralize a user's health and fitness data and may cause die-hards to continue to wait for new hardware like a smartwatch.
iCloud Photo Library will give users improved ability to share photos across their devices, while new messaging features will allow to share voice, video or photos with a single swipe. For some who have been on long, annoying group messages, Apple has now created the ability to remove oneself from those group messages.
The Health app gathers information from a host of health-related applications and will provide users with a clear and current overview in one place, the company said on Monday. iOS 8 also offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other, possibly opening the doors to more comprehensive health apps.