Is iOS 8 more open than any previous release from Apple?

chris

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There was a reoccurring theme throughout WWDC 2014 and that is expanded support for what third party developers can do in iOS 8. To name a few:
  • Inter app communication. This is huge. Now you can install a 'plugin' in Safari. In the demo, they showed how they used Bing for translation. Pinterest in share sheets.
  • Interactive notifications
  • Support for third-party application widgets in the Notification Center
  • Support for third party systemwide keyboard replacements.
What else? I'm sure I'm missing some?
 
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It looks as if Apple is prying the sandbox open ever so slightly. It could be opened more in incremental stages if this initial access proves popular and successful.
You did get some things in the way of customization. I know the keyboard thing was rumored a while back, but that caught me by surprise.