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apple For the last few years, Apple and Google have been locked in a friendly competitive game that would see one or the other outperform the other. This outperformance is not one that can be measured necessarily in sales numbers, but in how well they present their brand new software system at their annual events. This year, Apple announced iOS 8 and its desktop system, which has gone through a rebranding system, called OSX Yosemite. Here is what you can expect from the two systems as Apple has started working harder on creating a single ecosystem instead of distinct devices. iOS 8: One of the most notable changes in iOS from the current 7th iteration to the next will be the focus on accessibility of information and the ability to share that information, not only across your own devices, but with other people. iOS 8 now introduces a voice recording feature that allows you to send direct voice messages over iMessage, so you can get your point across in any way you want to, even if you don’t have time to make a phone call. If you have more than one Apple device running iOS 8 or OSX Yosemite, a call to your iPhone will allow you to answer and speak from your iPad or even your Mac, so you don’t even have to have your phone next to you to use it. This feature also allows you to send messages on your phone via your other devices if that is more convenient for you. Unlike previous versions of iOS, 8 now allows you to also access your iCloud files directly, and lets you use them on your mobile smart device instead of just giving you the option to store them, so you now truly have access to all of your information wherever you are. iOS’s ‘Spotlight’, the native search feature is now more in-depth than it has ever been, and lets you find information that is not only on your phone, but anywhere on the Internet, in your Cloud storage, or in your social media profiles. Find movie ratings and settle bets with your friends about which actor really was in that movie by simply searching in Spotlight. The brand new ‘Health’ feature now also lets you take control of your daily routine, tracking your activity and monitoring how many steps you take, how many calories you have burned, and even how long you have slept for, and compiles it all in one place so that you can improve on certain areas if you wish. OSX Yosemite Yosemite has been built to work a lot better with your iOS devices, and even if you don’t have any other devices in the Apple ecosystem, the improvements made to Yosemite will give you a better native experience on applications such as Safari, Mail, Messages and even the new iCloud Drive, which lets you store all of your information in the Cloud and makes it available to you anywhere you can access the Internet. OSX Yosemite and iOS 8 will be able to determine what you were doing last and allow you to carry on immediately if you switch devices, so you won’t have to worry about not having access the the webpage you were reading when you start using your other devices. While the changes made to Yosemite may seem quite small and insignificant, with a few UI tweaks here and there, and a few updates to usability for native apps, the interaction between mobile and desktop ecosystems seems unprecedented, and if you’re the kind of user who likes having everything you own available to you at all times, this may just ne the biggest step Apple has taken in your direction.