If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, a number of Apple's competitors must be blushing in the wake of WWDC 2011. With Cupertino's unveiling of iMessages -- a service that may sound all too familiar to users of RIM's BlackBerry messaging service -- and a number of system tweaks for iOS that mimic the features offered by a number of apps available via the Cydia App Store, it appears that Apple is paying close attention to what their business rivals have been doing.
As stoked as we are to see these great perks coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall, we feel there's a few more tricks that Apple could learn from the other guys. Here are five of our favorites.
Steve Jobs's announcement of Apple's up-and-coming iCloud service at last week's WWDC certainly made an impact on the Mac-using community. While the response seems to have been mostly positive, there appears to be dissent among the cognoscenti -- specifically in regard to the apparent lack of a Web interface.
No surprise here: Apple delivered another pitch-perfect keynote at WWDC 2011. Jobs & Co.’s first address since the iPad 2 announcement unveiled loads of details on Lion and tantalizing looks at iOS 5 and iCloud, mixing the expected and the unexpected in a way that made the day’s wealth of news both satisfying and surprising.
With Apple’s recent announcement of iCloud, many MobileMe users have been wondering what will happen to their current services once the switch to iCloud becomes official. An alleged email from Steve Jobs claims that iWeb sites hosted on MobileMe may bite the dust when Apple flips the iCloud switch. And even though Apple has already renewed everyone’s MobileMe registration until Jun 30, 2012, it’s no guarantee that MobileMe iWeb hosting will be available for that length of time. In the meantime, however, you might want to take the necessary precautions. We’ll show you how to begin the transition of your iWeb sites to a dedicated hosting solution.
Much to the chagrin of Apple Geniuses everywhere, a new report claims “about half” of iOS device owners have never backed up their new toys via iTunes, a move that would certainly make tech support easier. Thanks to the forthcoming iCloud, that problem may soon be a thing of the past.
Coming straight from the "Wait For It..." Department, Apple has been sued over use of the name "iCloud". Arizona-based iCloud Communications filed its formal suit against Apple for infringement of its name, which has been in existence since 2005.
Once the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system becomes available for download, iOS users will have the ability to seamlessly communicate, share files, and wirelessly update their devices. With perks like this, it’s difficult to see how anyone could find anything too hateful in Cupertino’s latest cloud-based creation -- except for cellular carriers. Word around the campfire is that Apple knew word of the their new cloud-based offerings wouldn’t go over well with with telecoms. They were so certain of this that they even elected to keep their two closest North American wireless partners -- Verizon and AT&T -- out of the loop, with the cellular providers learning about the company’s cloud-based offerings at the same time as the rest of the world. Could Cupertino’s snub drive a wedge between Apple and the carriers?
There’s been some anxiety in the last week regarding MobileMe’s forthcoming transition to iCloud and what it will mean for some of the former service’s features -- such as hosting for iWeb-created websites. Short story even shorter, you’d better start looking for another place to host your websites if you rely on it.
Well, it was tons of WWDC news this week. Pretty much iOS 5 and OS X Lion and iCloud were about the only tech headlines anyone noticed. There were a few other things that we took note of, amidst the shuffle, though we must admit, we're pretty stoked about both new operating systems ourselves. But, just in case you missed it, here's a couple treats we couldn't just let pass by without a second look.
Well, of course all the news this week was WWDC and iOS 5 and OS X Lion related. What did you expect? These were the stories that wouldn't stop burning up the Apple newsosphere, and we've got 'em all wrapped up with a pretty bow just for you.