Yesterday at the annual WWDC; Steve Jobs and friends announced and demoed the new products and web services that Apple will release this fall, namely the iOS 5, Lion, iCloud and iTune Match.
Let me breakdown them down for you.
Mac OS X (Lion)
This will be the new version of Mac OS X and it will be available this fall, actuall all of them will be available this fall. Anyway, In Lion, there will be 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs, but during the keynote presentation but 10 features stands-out like; Gesture, Mission Control, Full screen apps, Dashboard a.k.a. Spaces®, Mac App Store which is now built-in to Lion, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Air-drop, new Safari.
Lion will be available this July as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard® from the Mac App store for $29.99 and a Mac OS X Lion Server for for $49.99, but you will need Lion and will be available in July. If you a new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. The Mac OS X Lion Up-To-Date upgrade will be free from the Mac App Store. You just need to request the Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of your Mac computer.
iOS 5 the upcoming upgrade of the iOS mobile operating system and as usual the iOS 5.0 will be compatible to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, 4th and 3rd Gen iPod touch.
The new iOS 5.0 will have 200 new features and there are features and looks like taken inspired from MS Zue, Google Android and RIM’s Blackberry.
Here are some of the notable features of iOS 5.0:
- Notification Center
- iMessage watchout BMM
- Notification center
- Newstand apps for subscribing and reading digital version of your favorite newspaper and magazine
- Twitter integration
- enhanced Safari browser
- Camera updates where you can access or use the iOS devices camera even on the lock screen and photo editing features
- new on-screen keyboard
- PC Free where you no longer need to connect your iOS device to a PC and over the air (OTA) updates
- Game Center
- Air play mirroring
- more -
The iOS 5.0 is a free upgrade to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, 4th and 3rd Gen iPod touch this fall.
iCloud and iTune Match
iCloud is a free cloud service by Apple for all iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC owners and will wirelessly store all your music, photo, apps, calendars, documents and basically your entire life libraries of content to the cloud and will automatically sync all of them to all your devices, if you own multiple iOS devices, which means any changes you made on one device will automatically be updates to the rest of your devices. When you sign up for the iCloud Service you get 5 GB of free storage.
Together with the iCloud Apple also announced the iTune Match, it’s a service where music not purchased from iTunes will be uploaded to iCloud and upgraded to a 256 kbps AAC DRM-free version. iTune Match however will cost $24.99 per year, that’s just $2 per month. Which is a good deal by the way, unfortunately iTune Match is only available for US subscribers.
And just to show you how serious Apple with the iCloud service, Apple even showed some photos of their 3 data centers, which include the recently completed data center in Maiden, which cost Apple about $500 million.