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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

WWDC 2011 Roundup: iMessage, iOS 5, iCloud and Mac OS X Lion



At the Apple Developer Conference yesterday, A new version of iOS 5 was announced as well as iMessage, iCloud and Mac OS X Lion. So I'll go through each of them one after the other.


iCloud



iCloud is Apple's internet service for music. It's in direct competition with Amazon's Music service and Google Music. Basically you can buy music from iTunes on any apple device, your music saves in the cloud on iCloud and automatically synchronises to all your devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Also, all past purchases can be downloaded to new devices and you can view a history of purchases on any of the devices.

If you wish to add songs you haven't purchased from iTunes but you've ripped off a CD or purchased from anywhere else, you'll have to use iTunes Match. For Just $24.99 a year, iTunes will determine which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes sotre, any music file with a match is automatically added to your iCloud library. Whatever iTunes can't match, all you have to do is upload and its available to all your devices on iCloud. Comparing the price to Google and Amazon's music devices iTunes is the cheapest, since you pay only $24.99 for whatever amount of songs. Amazon currently charges $50 for 5,000 songs and $200 for 20,000 songs. We're not sure how much Google is going to charge yet. iTunes Match is only available for iOS 5 based devices

iOS 5

The iOS 5 software is currently available to developers but won't be available to normal users until fall this year. Here's a list of what they added

iMessage


iMessage is a messaging platform for iOS. It's like BlackBerry Messenger for iOS devices. It allows users communicate between iPads, iPhones and iPod touches. The service includes text, photos, videos, contacts, group messaging and the ability to show delivery receipts, read receipts. It even indicates when another person is typing.

iMessage will be supported via 3G and Wi-fi, syncing conversations across all of your iOS devices so you can continue a conversation on different devices.

Notification Center



Apple has added a personalised news feed for iOS5. It's called the 'Notification Center' and can be customised to display things like weather, stock prices, new emails, texts and even friend requests. The feed can be accessed by swiping the top of the screen and can be viewed when the device is locked. Also Notifications will no longer interrupt running apps.

Newsstand


Newsstand is a folder that keeps all magazine and newspaper app subscriptions. All purchases will go directly to the newsstand folder which then displays them so new issues are automatically downloaded.

Reminders



Reminders is like your basic to-do list app. Except this one has an option to make items on the list location based. Reminders can be synced with iCal, Outlook and iCloud.

Twitter Integration


iOS 5 allows you tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube or Maps. Twitter is also integrated with contacts, so you can find your friend's Twitter handle when you type a name.

Camera and Photos

You can now open the Camera directly from the lock screen so its easier to point and shoot. It also has added features of a regular digital camera - single-tap focus, grid lines and exposure locks. The volume-up button works as the shutter for the camera and Photos can be edited in the app.

Safari



The mobile web broser now includes a feature that let's you save articles to read later, it's called a 'Reading List'. iCloud synchronises all these articles to all your iOS devices.

Mac OS X Lion

Apple unveiled the next version Mac OS X Lion. It will be out in July exclusively on the Mac AppStore for $29.99. Mac OS X Lion will bring elements of iOS to the Mac. Some of the features include:









  • Multitouch gestures
    Full screen applications
    Mission Control
    Auto Save and Versioning
    Launchpad
    Auto Resume of apps
    Mac App Store — now with in-app purchase
    AirDrop – P2P Wi-Fi networks
    Newly designed Apple Mail
    Better Search








  • The Mac OS X is priced in a way that will entice Mac users and make it easy for them to upgrade. The MAC OS X Lion is cheap and upgrading isn't a problem for its users.
    Afrigator