At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6, the keynote presentation by Steve Jobs unveiled the long-awaited features of iOS 5 (for iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch), Mac OS X Lion (for Macs and MacBooks), and iCloud.
Many websites had live feeds and live blogs coming from the event, and you can now watch the keynote on Apple’s website.
One trend in the features of OS X Lion seems to be making use similar to that of mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. The new appearance of the Mail application, notifications, and the multi-touch gestures feature (more info on these later) are very similar to features of iOS. Another big game-changer is how you can update your Mac to OS X Lion when it is released in July: it is only available to download from the Mac App Store, and for a much lower price than past updates.
Some of iOS 5’s most exciting new features include a major change in the notification system, the integration of Twitter into the operating system, and the introduction of iMessage, a message service supported by iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. iOS 5 will be available in the fall, supporting the same devices as the previous update.
Finally, Apple announced iCloud, which will store all of your content and wirelessly syncs it to all of your devices. Apple has taken what they learned from MobileMe, worked out the bugs, and expanded the list of applications that can be used with it.
This, of course, does not begin to cover the exciting features Apple customers will soon be able to take advantage of, so stay tuned for more articles about WWDC.
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