SAN FRANCISCO — Signaling the direction of the company as it looks to jumpstart growth in the post Steve Jobs era, Apple on Monday unveiled a slew of new features for the software that powers its iconic devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.
The features increasingly bring together the Apple ecosystem, so features on the iPhone work on other devices and vice versa.
In mid-day trading, Apple stock was down more than 1 percent at about $625.
WHAT'S NEW: 10 new feature highlights for iPhone, iPad and Macs
The company released new mobile software called iOS 8 at its annual developers conference in San Francisco. It also took aim at competitors by debuting new products such as iCloud Drive and an updated version of its Mac operating system dubbed Yosemite.
Here's a look what's new in both:
— Health. Building on the popularity of stand-alone health products like the Fitbit and Jawbone, Apple will unveil a new app, Healthkit, to bring all the various health activities into one place. Apple is working with hospitals and doctors as well, to sync your health information directly to health providers, who can read the data and bring you in.
— Family Sharing: A new tool to share privately among family members — photos, calendars and other information — will be a key feature in iOS 8. Additionally, parents will get notifications when their kids want to buy new apps, and will need their approval before the sale can go through.
— Messages: When creating text messages, users can also create audio messages on the fly.
— Keyboard: In a move to catch up to Google, Apple is adding predictive text to suggest words you might want to use as you're typing.
— Siri: The digital personal assistant gets upgraded — it can now be used to access songs with the Shazam song search and to purchase songs on iTunes.
OS X Yosemite:
Apple is looking to one of the world's premiere national parks for its latest operating system upgrade, Yosemite.
The OS, which will be available for free in the fall, will see several key improvements.
— Spotlight search. The internal search now expands beyond what's on your computer to also include the web, with tabs for Wikipedia, Yelp and Microsoft's Bing search.
— Phone calls. Folks who own iPhones will see caller ID show up on Mac computers when the phone rings. You can now answer iPhone calls on the Mac, or place calls on the computer by clicking the phone number on the Safari browser.
— Bigger attachments for mail. The new attachment limit is 5 GB.
— iCloud drive. A new folder on Apple computers will include iCloud drive, for saving files into the cloud, accessible via multiple computers and Apple mobile devices.
Contributing: Jessica Guynn