- Hollywood frets as 3D begins to fizzle
- Apple makes several announcements at their developers conference today.
Mac OS X “Lion”
- one charge for all of your Macs (upgrades from Snow Leopard only)
- no CD to buy. only via Mac App Store
- AirDrop feature lets you share files with others (like a drop box)
- Mail redesigned to look like iPad mail.
- supports gestures (kinda means you need trackpad)
- Launchpad (grid display of all of your apps that swipe left and right like iOS display)
- Mission Control (like a merger of Expose and Spaces)
- Full screen apps
- summary: price designed to get everyone to upgrade because this is key to the integration with iOS devices and iCloud. Features are nice, but this is evolutionary.
- ships in July for $29 (one price covers ALL your Macs)
- new Notification Center: non-intrusive if using your device. shows a history of your missed messages, voicemails, etc
- Twitter integration into all apps. Tweet from photos
- Contacts will import photos from twitter if you don’t have one for your contacts
- Quicker access to camera from lock screen. Can also use Vol Up button to snap photo.
- iMessage: messaging system across all iOS devices to share txts, photos, videos, contacts
- No longer required to connect to a PC first. Can setup without cable to a computer.
- NewsStand: all subscriptions in one place. auto download latest newspapers and magazine issues; in the background, updates icon to show the latest issue.
- Safari: tabbed browsing
- Safari Reading List: view article on web in one window, even if on multiple web pages. ability to forward the content, not just a link, via email.
- Read docs offline, those links synched across your devices so you can read it anywhere, on any device
- OTA app updates : delta changes, no synching required.
- Reminders: Location-based (GPS) aware reminders that sync across your devices. (cool!)
- Wireless airplay for iPad2 to your AppleTV.
- free update to same devices as iOS 4.3
- available in Fall
- Automatically syncs your content to the cloud and pushes to your devices. No need to manually manage
- iWork update pushed last week includes integration with iCloud. (via a new Documents app)
- MobileMe is gone. Syncing of your mail, calendar and contacts automatically.
- Six more apps. (Documents, Backup)
- No hardware announcements today
- This Fall (beta available today on iOS 4.3)
- 5GB free
- No charge for iTunes purchased content (music, apps, books or photo stream). Automatically available. Can redownload content purchased on (up to 10) devices.
- $25/yr for cloud access to all of your ripped music (no need to upload them, iTunes will scan and match for you)
- Things Apple is copying and killing.