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Wrap-Up of WWDC


WWDC 2011 is already over!

There was many interesting things at this WWDC, especially the Steve Jobs‘ Keynote. We found out about new Lion features, when it was going to be released, and it’s low price of $29.99. We were demoed iOS 5 and it’s amazing new capabilities by Scott Forstall. And finally iCloud was shown to us and all of it’s amazing new abilities, and the amazing price of Free!!! Overall I think this WWDC was only a little exciting that we learned about iOS 5 and iCloud.

But there were disappointments as well. First, if you aren’t an Apple Developer you can’t get any of these products until July or Fall. Second, there was no usual iPhone Hardware release.So for Consumers there’s nothing to do until July, and if you’re only an iPhone user till Fall. Rumors are that Apple will release the iPhone in their September-Music event along with new iPod’s, iOS 5, and iCloud. Hopefully that event will be more exciting. But that’s all we have for now.

-MacMusings

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iTunes Match


Apple on Monday announced iCloud this Monday which let’s you keep your media in sync between your devices. But what if you have songs that were not bought on the iTunes Store? How will they be uploaded to iCloud? Apple has come out with a product called iTunes Match. What this does is, is it tries to match your songs with the 18 Million Songs on iTunes. And if it’s found iTunes will automatically upload the song to iCloud at 256 Kbps quality, even if your original song was of lower quality. However if your song is not in iTunes it let’s you upload that song to iCloud. Apple will release this service in Fall along with iCloud and iOS 5. But unlike iCloud iTunes Match will cost $25 Annually.

I wonder if Apple will let you upload your songs to iCloud even with out iTunes Match because from my entire iTunes Library only one song was bought from iTunes.

-MacMusings

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At WWDC 2011 Steve Jobs showed to the world what iCloud was. He began with saying how 10yrs. ago people realized that the computer would become a “personal hub”, it would be where you would keep all your media. So before to get photos, music, videos, etc on your devices they had to be synced wit your Mac. But nowadays every the devices hold all types of media, and it was hard to make sure that all your devices had the media you wanted when you wanted it. So now the Mac is also going to become a device and the “personal hub” will be moved to the cloud. And Apple’s cloud will be iCloud and it will store information and push information to all your devices to maintain in sync. And it will happen seamlessly without you having to do anything. So for example you download a song on your iPad it will automatically download on your Mac, PC or any other iOS device for free. Then Steve jokes,”Why should I believe them? They’re the ones that brought me MobileMe.” Because MobileMe wasn’t much of a success. But MobileMe had three major apps Contacts, Calender, and Mail. And now Apple has rewritten those Apps from the ground up for iCloud.

Contacts: Now when a contact is made on an iPhone, the contact is pushed to the Cloud and then to the other devices. So every device attached to your Apple ID will have their contacts synced automatically.

Calenders: Same for Calenders, you make a new event or update an event on one device it is pushed to all your other devices automatically. You can even share calenders between devices.

Mail: And again you messages, inbox, folders, settings, are all synced between all your accounts at your me.com email account.

App Store: On all your devices you can view a purchase history, even if the app is not installed on your current device. But since all those Apps are synced to the cloud, you tab a button that will let you download that App onto your device from the cloud for free.

iBooks: Like the App Store you can view your purchase history, and it is all saved on the cloud so your books will automatically download to all your devices for free.

Wireless Backup: Once a day iCloud will automatically back up your device. it backs up everything including settings, music, photos, apps, books, and other information. So if you have to restore your device or you get a new one, the backup will automatically sync the device.

Documents in the Cloud:  When you use iWork on one of your devices and create a document, the document is sent to iCloud and then pushed to all your other devices. So this works with Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. And also developers get API’s to put this system into their apps for iCloud integration. And this works with Macs and PCs.

 

 

Photo Stream: So you can take a Photo on your iPhone and then be able to watch on your iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.. Also if you import photos on to one device it will be sent directly to all your other devices. To sync with a Mac it will send the photos to iPhoto and for PC with the Pictures Folder. And to save storage space Photo Stream it will only store the 1,000 most recent photos and for only 30 Days in the iCloud Server. To keep a photo permanently all you have to do is save it to an Album.

 

iTunes in the Cloud: So same as before buy a song, podcast, movie, tv show on one device and the purchase history is saved in the iCloud. So go to any other device and tap to download the same media for free onto that device straight from iCloud. Or as an option you can have it automatically download all purchased content on all of your devices.

 

So those are all the Apps that are a part of iCloud. iCloud is the next generation of iCloud. and MobileMe was $99 annually. But iCloud will be Free! All these amazing services Free from Apple. Their is a Developer Preview available today. And for the rest of us it will ship along with iOS in the Fall. And that’s iCloud from Apple. I think it’s really great that Apple has been able to make all these amazing features and let customers have it for free. So good on Apple.-MacMusings

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Scott Forstall SVP of iPhone Software started out by giving out a few numbers.

  • 200 Million iOS Devices sold
  • 25 Millions iPads in 14 Months
  • 15 Billions Songs sold in iTunes
  • 130 Million books downloaded from the iBooks Store
  • 425,000 Apps on the App Store
  • 90,000 Specific iPad Apps
  • 14 Billion Downloads from the App Store
  • 2.5 Billion Dollars paid to App Developers
  • 225 Million Accounts
  • More than 100 Billion Push Notifications Sent
  • 64% of Mobile Web Browsing is done on iOS

Then he moves on to the future of iOS; iOS 5. Scott says there are more than 1500 API’s for Developers and more than 200 User Features. Like for Lion Scott will only go through 10 major features of iOS 5.

Notifications: Notification Center; Swipe down from the top to view the Notifications Center and all your notifications. Also at the top of Notification Center is is Stocks and Weather. I guess that’s Apple’s answer to mobile widgets. anyway so while you’re in an App a small animation will pop-up at the top of the phone to inform you of a notification, but you can ignore it and continue using your app, it will slowly fade away. Also on the lock screen there is an improved list to view all your new notifications. All you have to do is slide your finger on the notification and it takes you directly to the app the notification came from.

Newsstand: There is a place in the App Store dedicated to Magazines and Newspapers. So when you download something from that section it will download in an App on the homepage called the Newsstand. The UI for Newsstand looks almost exactly like the iBooks App. Also for Newsstand it has background downloads, that automatically download the latest issue of the mag or newspaper.

Twitter: you can sign into Twitter directly in the Settings App, once, and you” always be signed in. You won’t have type in your log in information every time you want to go to Twitter. Now you instantly tweet directly form the Camera, Photos, Safari, YouTube, Maps and more. You can also optionally add your location if you want people to know where you are. I don’t know why you would tell people that, but that’s up t the person’s choice. you can use Twitter to get a person’s picture and twitter username to add to your account.

Safari: In Safari itself there are many new features. First is reader, which takes the article you’re reading, takes everything on the web page off it, and makes it look like just one article that is fit for the iOS device. It even automatically will change the font to fit the display. Also when in reader you can email the whole article instead of just the link, unlike before. Next feature is Reading List which let’s you save an article for reading later, and it automatically syncs with all your other devices with Safari. Then comes Tabbed Browsing just like it is on Desktop Safari.

Reminders: Stores lists of things, can attach dates and locations to you reminders. One crazy awesome features is adding locations to reminders. So for example you have to message your friend once you get a restaurant. As Mr. Forstall said, it will set up a “Geo-Fence” around that area, so when you get inside that “geo-fence” it will give you a reminder to message your friend. I think that’s really cool, and by WWDC’s crowd’s reaction I think they liked it too. Also reminders will sync with iCal and Microsoft Outlook.

Camera: Now on the lock screen you can instantly access the photos app to take pictures. But since this feature is usable without typing your pass-code, you will not be able access previous photos. And instead of tapping the screen to take a picture you can push the volume up-button. Optionally you can add lines for better use of the rule-of-thirds. and you can pinch-to-zoom here also. And by keeping your finger over an are you can place an Auto Exposure/Auto Focus Lock. And now you can edit your photos directly on the iPhone! You can crop, rotate, and remove red-eye.And the amazing one-tap to enhance feature from iPhoto is now on the iPhone.

Mail: Now you can have Rich-Text Formatting, ability to change indents, drag addresses between the address fields, flag messages, and you can search the contents of your message. Also the Keyboard for the iPad can be split and moved for better thumb typing, and this is an all iOS feature.

PC Free: Now when you open up your new iOS device you don’t have to connect to iTunes, instead you’ll be prompted with a “Welcome” display and a quick set-up. Also Software Updates are over the air. Whooooo!!! Also there will be delta updates so it will only download the changes and not the whole OS.

Game-Center: You can add Profile Photos, you can directly compare achievement points, can view friends of friends, and can get friend and game recommendations. All in just Game Center. Also you can download games straight from Game Center. And there is support for turn-based games like Words with Friends.

iMessage: Now there will be a messaging service for all iOS devices. So now you can message on the iPad and iPod touch. Some cool features in iMessage include the ability to see if the recipient has received or read the message. You will also be indicated if the other person is typing. And your messages will be synced between all your iOS devices. Also it is usable over Wi-Fi and 3G.

Now you can sync wireless with iTunes over Wi-Fi. And there will be a developer seed today. For the rest of us who are not part of the Developer Program will get iOS 5 this fall. iOS 5 will be compatible with all iPads, the iPhone 3GS and 4, and the 3rd and 4th iPod Touch.

This a major new update for iOS and will surely attract more users as soon as it comes out.

-MacMusings

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Live Blog of WWDC Keynote Address


If I find a safe website by 9:00 AM Monday morning to stream the WWDC Keynote Address then I will be able to maintain a full live-blog for everybody to see to get the scoop on iOS 5, Lion, and iCloud.

All you guys have to do is click this link and it will open a new window and then just sit back and relax. The updates will automatically come. The live-blog will begin at:

6:45 AM – Hawaii

9:45 AM – Pacific

10:45 AM – Mountain

11:45 AM – Central

12:45 PM – Eastern

5:45 PM – London

6:45 PM – Paris

8:45 PM – Moscow

2:00 AM – Tokyo; June 7th Morning

Special thanks to Cover-it-Live for building this live-blog for me.

-MacMusings

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PS: If anybody has any suggestions on where to stream the keynote from, it would be great help!

WWDC Sold Out in 10hrs!


This week Apple announced dates for their annual World Wide Developers Conference, June 6-10. They also started selling tickets for $1,599. And all the tickets were sold out in ten hours flat. That’s faster than last years week to sell out! There was a message on the invite, “Join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X.” This hints to a presentation with a new version of iOS and Mac OS X. There is a rumor that the next gen iPhone and iOS is going to be a huge update and will only be released to the public only in Fall. Hopefully it will be earlier.

-MacMusings

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