As part of its big unveiling of iOS 8, Apple also took the wraps off the new iOS 8 SDK for developers. The new SDK provides developers with over 4,000 new APIs to use in the creation of their iOS 8-compatible apps.
The new SDK gives developers tools that they have never had before including widgets for the iOS Notification Center, third party keyboards, new home automation and new frameworks for health data and home automation.
“With more than 800 million iOS devices sold worldwide, the opportunity for developers is huge,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “This is the biggest iOS release since the launch of the App Store. The iOS 8 SDK delivers more than 4,000 new APIs including amazing new frameworks, greater extensibility and a revolutionary new programming language.”
Apple also introduced a new graphics technology called Metal, that leverages the power of the A7 chipset and will improving gaming on the platform. And for developers looking to write code quickly, Apple introduced Swift, a new iOS and OS X programming language.
The iOS 8 Beta software and SDK are available now from Apple’s developer portal The public release of iOS 8 is expected sometime this fall.