NEW YORK (TheStreet) - I don't use Snapchat, the popular messaging system used by teens and college-aged kids, but sending texts using my iPhone 5s is about to get more like it.
Apple (APPL) got tech-enthusiasts revved up yesterday when it introduced some big software developments, including the launches of iOS 8 and Mac OS X, (codenamed Yosemite), at its Worldwide Developer Conference. Included in the software updates, were tons of smaller feature upgrades from the Cupertino, Calif.-based company. The upgrades are expected to be fully rolled out in the fall.
Two of the biggest new features that Apple followers are talking about are the company's introduction of the Health app, which will allow users to sync medical and fitness information to their devices, and HomeKit, its smart home technology that will allow users to control "locks, lights, doors, thermostats, garage doors and other home-centric items" that are integrated into an iPhone or an iPad, using Siri to operate them.
I'm not too geek-inclined, so using apps to keep track of my medical information is something I'll have to get used to over time. Considering my one-bedroom apartment doesn't even have a dishwasher, I think it's too early to be on board with a smart-home system unless Siri can magically wash my dishes for me every night after dinner.
Despite all that, I am really excited about the new software updates are the changes Apple made to text messaging. This is something I do use, in fact I rarely talk on the phone at all anymore, so more user-friendly features to text messaging is a big welcome in my book. First, iOS 8 includes "predictive typing" for Apple's QuickType technology. In all honesty, this could either be a huge help, considering how much I text or an absolute nightmare. I'll have to play around with this one to determine whether the feature is help or hindrance.