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Everything You Need To Know About Apple's WWDC; Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud

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Steve Jobs came out to, obviously, a standing ovation and huge applause. Of course, today is all about software so don't expect a new iPhone to be announced today. It's all about Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud. Apple decided to start things off with Lion which has 250 new features, according to them. However, there are 10 key features to their new OS: Multitouch gestures, Full Screen apps, Mission Control (unified Expose and Spaces), Mac App Store, Launchpad (iOS Springboard), Resume (when you launch an app it'll start from where you were last), Autosave, Versions (saving all versions of a document), AirDrop (P2P file sharing - like HomeGroup on Windows), and a "new" Mail version (looks a whole lot like the iOS version). If you want to get one, it'll be available only through the Mac App Store. The OS (4GB download) will cost you just $29, when it's available next month - July. Definitely worth it.

Next up is iOS 5. iOS apparently has 44% of the market share while Android is only at 28%. There are 90,000 apps solely for the iPad and, of course, Android doesn't come close to that number. Anyways, back to the major release that they have in store for us in the near future. The next iOS has over 200 new features and, again, 10 major ones. They are: Notification Center (new and improved Notifications thanks to Peter Hajas who created MobileNotifier for jailbroken devices - it's just like Android), Newsstand, Twitter (integration as rumoured), Safari (Reader, Reading List, Tabbed Browsing), Reminders (to-do list), Camera (a lot more like the Camera+ app), Mail (iPad only), PC Free (finally, wireless syncing and OTA updates), Game Center, and iMessage (new messaging service for iOS users - think BBM for the iPhone). The last one is huge and could put a huge dent in RIM. Looks like it's a BBM killer unless RIM can do something quick. Anyways, all of that is coming this Fall - along with the next iPhone, of course.

iCloud time. "iCloud stores your content, and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices" and it's "integrated with your apps, so everything happens automatically." The core apps for iCloud are now contacts, calendar, mail, App Store (if you purchase an app on your iPhone then it'll be free when you re-download it on your iPad), iBooks, Backup, Documents, Photo Stream, and iTunes. The worst part about Photo Stream is that it only saves your last 1,000 photos and only does so for 30 days. Interesting. iTunes in iCloud will work exactly like the App Store does. Purchased songs will be free to download on another device. Yes, there's nine of them now. It's definitely replacing MobileMe; and it's free. You can get iCloud right now (devs only) and it'll store 5GB of storage.

Oh, there's one more thing; a small thing. It's called iTunes Match. This will cost $24.99 a year and it'll scan the songs you have and will upgrade it to 256k AAC DRM free. Not useful for me but maybe for you. And that's it! This Fall will definitely be exciting.

[This Is My Next]


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