This morning at a keynote event held to kick off its Worldwide Developer Conference and hosted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs the company announced details of several of its upcoming products. These included the much rumored iCloud service as well as the upcoming updates to iOS, called iOS 5, and Mac OS X, code named Lion.
Here’s the scoop and highlights on the announcements:
According to Steve Jobs: “Keeping these devices in sync is driving us crazy. We’ve got a great solution to this problem… We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device. We’re going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud.”
• Store all content in the cloud and push it to all devices – “iTunes in the Cloud”
• Mobile Me Out, iCloud In – 100% Free
• iTunes Match – Will look for your songs and match them in iTunes – $25.00/Year
• Backup – Your device will backup important info once daily. To restore or with new device, just sign in and all info will be there
• Photo Stream – Photos (first 5000) uploaded to cloud and available on all devices and Apple TV
• Documents – iWork app sync files with the cloud so available on all your devices. Will still sync Mail, Contacts and Calendar as well
• 5 GB Free Storage
• Developer Beta Available Today. iTunes in the Cloud will run on iOS 4.3 today
• Over 200 new features
• Notification Center – combines all notifications from all iOS apps
• Newstand – read issues of latest magazines and more
• Twitter Integration – System level sign-on, tweet from Photos and Safari, Twitter contact sync, tabbed browsing and more
• Reminders – Does what it says. Reminds you to do things. Can set reminder to trigger when you go to certain locations
• New Camera App – Autofocus exposure lock, grid lines, editing features like redeye reduction, rotate, crop, etc.
• iMessage – Direct message integration for text, MMS, chat, etc. Works over Wifi or 3G to all iOS 5 devices
• WiFi Sync – No need to plug your iPhone into your Mac to sync. No syncs over Wifi
• Software Updates Now Over the Air
• Developers get iOS 5 today. Available to the rest of us in the Fall (in time for the iPhone 5 no doubt)
Mac OS X Lion
• Over 250 New Features
• Multi-Touch Gestures – Just like iOS on iPhone/iPad
• Full Screen Apps – Again, like the iPad these fill the screen and cover the Dock and Menu Bar
• Mission Control – Brings together full-screen apps, Dashboard, Expose’ and Spaces into one features that let’s you see everything on your system
• Launchpad – Full-screen home for all your apps. Click them to launch. Again, just like iPad.
• Resume – Close and reposen apps right where you left them
• Auto Save – Saves your work automatically
• Versions – Charts history of your documents and allows you to revert to previous saved versions
• AirDrop – Send files to anyone around you wirelessly within 30 feet. No Wifi network required
• Mail – Completely revamped with new widescreen interface, search suggestions, favorites bar, frequently used folders and more. If you’ve ever used Mail on the iPad it looks pretty much like this.
That’s quite a bit for one keynote. We’ll be exploring all of these new offerings just as soon as we can get our hands on them.
Steve Jobs unveiled the new iCloud service at WWDC today. iCloud stores a users content in cloud and wirelessly pushes that content to all devices. The services will be free with no ads and be completely integrated with the apps found in MobileMe — and they’ve all been rewritten from the ground up. Contacts and Calendars that are created or modified on one device are pushed to the cloud and the changes propagate on all other devices instantly. Calendars also have had sharing features added so you can send them to friends or coworkers.
iCLoud also allows users to propagated app and iBooks purchases across devices. Purchase an iBook on your iPad and tap the new iCloud button and the same book will be downloaded on your iPhone, for example. iCloud also features deep backup sets and automatically performs daily backups over Wi-Fi. Backups include music, books, apps, camera roll, device settings, and app data.