Apple places iCloud at the forefront of iOS 8 plans

Apple will introduce a range of new apps with iOS 8 based on iCloud that create the highest level of convergence with OS X seen so far.

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9to5Mac carries screenshots from Weibo that show four new apps that will see TextEdit and Preview introduced to mobile devices for the first time as well as the long-anticipated Healthbook fitness app.

TextEdit and Preview will work together with iCloud on OS X to allow PDFs created on computers or laptops to be viewed on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and it will build on the synchronisation for Preview and TextEdit that was implemented with OS X Mountain Lion.

Curiously, instead of full functioning versions of Preview and TextEdit, Apple wants users to use the PDF management and editing functions that come with the iBooks app and to edit other documents using the Pages application.

Sources told 9to5Mac that the changes come as a result of Apple Senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi’s restructuring of Apple’s OS X and iOS development teams over the course of the last 12 months. It has meant that iOS and OS X software engineers work in tandem across both operating systems as Apple attempts to increase convergence across the two.

Apple is also reportedly working on new iCloud apps that could include new iCloud storage tools that make it easier to develop server-integrated App Store apps.

In addition the company is reportedly developing a new standalone iTunes Radio app, a new Maps app and Healthbook activity tracking software, which is another indication that it plans to enter the wearables space soon.

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The apps are still early in development and it is considering releasing them later this year, which could tie in with the release of iOS 8 that could arrive in the fall.