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Apple’s WWDC Announcements

by on June 6, 2011

A lot of cool announcements from Apple at the World Wide Developers Conference today.  New versions of Mac OSX, iOS, and introducing iCloud.

Lion

OSX 10.7, also known as Lion, will be released sometime in July.  It will cost only $29.99, but will only be available through the Mac App Store.  That means you need OSX 10.6, Snow Leopard, and an internet connection.

Most of the user interface changes seem to focus on gestures and more advanced use of the trackpads.  I personally love my Magic Trackpad and am very much looking forward to this.

iOS 5

iOS 5 releases sometime this fall.  Probably with an updated iPhone and iPods.

Twitter is all over this thing.  Heavy integration with Twitter means that just about anything you do on your iOS device can be Tweeted about right from the App you’re doing it in.  I’m not much of a Twitter user.  I only use it for Flipboard on my iPad, but this might change that.

An improved notifications system lets you swipe down from the top of the screen and see all of your new notifications and launch from that menu.

Syncing over Wi-Fi is the feature I most wanted to see.  This means I can plug my phone into its charger next to my bed at night and sync it without having to hook it up to my Mac and wait till its done before I go upstairs for the night.

Big improvements to the camera and photo Apps make them easier to take, edit, and to share photos.

Apple has also taking its messaging App for the iPhone and rebranded it iMessage to work across all iOS devices and no need for a wireless contract.  iMessage works among iOS devices. So as far as I can tell this means no messaging to a friends Android phone from your iPad.  More to follow.

iCloud

iCloud kills MobleMe and replaces it with a free service that turns all your Apple devices into one.  All of your contacts, calendars, photos, iTunes music, mail and app data sync via Wi-Fi amongst all of your Apple devices, automatically.

To sync the music you’ve not purchased through iTunes, a $24.99 per year subscription is required, but unlike Amazon’s service, it doesn’t require uploading your entire library.  iTunes Match scans your music, finds it in the iTunes library and pushes that copy to your devices.  It only uploads the music it doesn’t recognize or have in it’s iTunes library.  Very Cool.

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