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iOS 5, iCloud and Mac OS X Lion: Round Up of Apple’s Big 3 WWDC Announcements

It has been a great week for Apple fans with their beloved tech company unveiling a lot of new offerings at this year's WWDC. In case you haven't been keeping up with the latest tech news, Apple has unveiled three major things: its update to its mobile operating system, the iOS 5, the new cloud storage service iCloud and the next major release of the Mac OS X, the Mac OS X Lion.

Steve Jobs WWDC 2011
If you have missed the keynote presentation of Apple last Monday, when they announced and previewed some major good stuff, then you are in luck because today we will be rounding up Apple's keynote presentation last Monday for your convenience.

iOS 5

iOS 5
Apple's next update to its mobile operating system is more than just an upgrade. With more than 200 new features included, the iOS 5 looks to be an overhaul of the iOS. These are some of the key features that's included in the iOS 5:

  • Notification System: Less obtrusive because it now appears at the top of your screen.
  • Twitter Integration: It is now integrated with iOS apps such as Safari, Photos, Camera and more.
  • Newsstand: Download your favorite newspaper and magazines into your iOS device.
  • Mobile Safari: Now with Tabbed Browsing and supports "Reader" mode and "Reading List"
  • iMessage: Send SMS text messages to another iOS 5 device for free.
  • PC Free: Now you can activate, sync and update your device without connecting to a PC or Mac.
  • Camera: Camera app is now improved with iCloud compatibility through Photo Stream.

For the meantime, the iOS 5 is available in beta form, exclusively for those who have developer accounts in Apple's Developer Center. Regular users will have to wait till fall.

Here is a video that introduces the iOS 5:

Read here for more details about the features of the iOS 5.


iCloud Sync
iCloud is Apple's answer to the cloud computing industry. This new online service of Apple is set to replace its current offering, the MobileMe. After June 30, 2011, MobileMe service will no longer be available. Subscribers of MobileMe will be able to migrate all their mails, contacts, calendars to the new service with no problem.

Here are some of the notable features of the iCloud service:

  • Online Apps. Apps syncing have been built from scratch in order to work better with iCloud.
  • Improved Syncing. Syncing will not be limited to mails and contacts anymore, users will now be able to sync files, documents and pictures. All syncing happens in real time across all your devices.
  • iTunes in the Cloud. Now all your songs, Apps and books that you purchased through iTunes will be automatically synced with up to 10 of your other devices. You can also convert your old music to a higher quality AAC format that's matches iTunes.

iCloud will be officially launched this fall and best of all, you do not have to pay a cent in order to avail of this service.

Here is a video of Steve Jobs' keynote presentation about the iCloud:

Read here for a more detailed look into the features of iCloud.

Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion
Apple's next major release of its desktop operating system is the Mac OS X Lion. According to Apple, the OS X Lion boasts over 250+ new features which definitely sounds more than just an OS upgrade, this looks to be an overhaul.

Here are some of the key features of the Mac OS X Lion:

  • Launchpad: Users will now be able to launch their apps more easily.
  • Full Screen Apps: An iPad similar to the iPad that lets the user view an app at 100% full screen.
  • Mission Control: Now you have a bird's-eye view of all applications and programs that runs in your Mac.
  • Versions: This feature saves your work periodically and creates versions of what you're working which you can easily access anytime.
  • Resume: This feature saves the current state of your desktop before rebooting or shutting down and restores to that state after a reboot, so you can get back to where exactly you left off.
  • AirDrop: Easily send and receive files and documents through a Wi-Fi network.

Mac OS X Lion will be released next month and the best part is, it will retail for only $29.99. Although it is only available digitally through the Mac App Store.

Here's a video that introduces the Mac OS X Lion:

In case you don't want to miss any juicy details regarding Apple's WWDC 2011 keynote presentation, here is the full video for you to enjoy:

The WWDC is still currently on its way, so be sure to stay tune with us for more news and updates regarding the conference.

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