On June 6, Apple introduced iCloud, an advanced set of free new cloud services that syncs media and iTunes music across all iDevices like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac as well as on PC. Another highlight was a preview of the new iOS5. Both services are available immediately to iOS and Mac Developer Program members and will be available this fall for all users.
iCloud helps to store content automatically and wirelessly and push it to all user’s devices. If anything changes on one of user’s device, the rest of devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.
“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it—it all just works.”
The free iCloud services include: the re-architected and rewritten to work seamlessly MobileMe services—Contacts, Calendar and Mail; updated App Store and iBookstore that now download purchased iOS apps and books to all user’s idevices; the innovative Photo Stream service automatically uploads the new photos to devices to name just a few. To sum up iCloud includes 5GB of free cloud storage for Mail, Document Storage and Backup.
One more great news for the Mac users is a new Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer applications. The giant OS will be available to customers already in July as a download from the Mac App Store for reasonable $29.99. The up-to-date features in Lion include: new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on the Mac; the Mac App Store built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all user’s apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.
Due to Multi-Touch gestures function all Mac apps are displayed in an impressive full screen layout in one gesture. The apps can be organized in any order or into folders and swipe through unlimited pages of apps to find the one you want almost intuitively.
The new iOS5 Includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Twitter Integration among 200 New Features Available. The Notification Center helps to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption. iMessage is a new messaging service that provides easy text messaging, and photos and videos sharing between all iOS devices. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required.
New features of the Safari mobile browser include Safari Reader that sets the right font size on a web page and simplifies reading from the screen; Reading list that allows to save articles to read later and they automatically show up on all user’s iOS devices; and Tabbed Browsing, which makes it easy to surf between multiple web pages on iPad. The built-in Twitter integration facilitates communication thanks to easy once-sign in feature. Then users can tweet directly from all Twitter-enabled apps, including Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps with a single tap.
“Perhaps iOS5′s paramount feature is that it’s built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading,” said Steve Jobs.