I had the week of June 6th – 10th blocked off to stay on top of all the news coming out of the Apple Developers Conference. They have leaked quite a bit of info early which is uncharacteristic of them. Here’s what we know so far:
iCloud will be available – yes, the long awaited iCloud from Apple will finally be arriving. In what form it will take is up in the air, no pun intended. It could be an online hard drive that constantly syncs with all your Apple products. It could be a cloud based music platform or something like dropbox or anything in between. I just hope it’s free!
iWork is now available – this was inevitable. Apple’s march towards making the IOS platform as functional as a MAC is well under way and now applications for Pages (Word), Numbers (Excel) and Keynote (Powerpoint) are available for your iPad and iPhone. They are dirt cheap too! At $9.99 each you can now edit documents on your iPad and, to a lesser extent, your iPhone. Just read the reviews of the apps first. Not all the functionality is there yet but Apple always works the kinks out based on reviews.
Lion, Apple’s Newest OS – Yes, there are still upgrades being made to the powerhouse MAC operating system. There’s no way the MAC’s little brother, IOS 5, could handle the duties of making music and movies. At least not for a long time. The MAC’s newest operating system will start looking more like an iPad with a launchpad for your apps, full screen apps and a mission control feature that will show you exactly what is running. Right now, on OSX, you have to know the right gesture to see this. Mission Control will be much easier to locate.
IOS 5 – Huge mystery on this one. Apple’s IOS runs on their mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch’s. Reports have said that iOS 5 will have a revamped notification system and new widgets, aside from that I have no clue what will be added to IOS 5 beside the fact it will be another obstacle to jailbreakers.
So for all you Apple Junkies, next week is for us. It should be an interesting week! :)