Now that the Labor Day holiday is behind us here in the U.S., fall is fast approaching and that can mean only one thing: iCloud time! Ever since iCloud was previewed at WWDC 2011, iOS device users have been staring at their current devices, longing for some cloud syncing magic, so let’s recap what we know about iCloud so far.
It won’t help you relive the late-night partying or hobnobbing with your peers, but developers partial to Apple can now access videos and slideshows from 109 different sessions at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference and relive the memories.
While we’re all impatiently waiting to see exactly which day in July Apple chooses to uncage OS X Lion, the company isn’t standing still, releasing an update to the Developer Preview 4 released to WWDC 2011 attendees on June 6 -- and it’s not the final version quite yet.
One of the smaller, but still significant, announcements out of WWDC last week was that of Newsstand, a new way to organize and display all of your news and magazine subscriptions from the App Store. So, for instance, if you subscribe to a magazine like Time or a newspaper like The Daily, you will be able to view and manage all of these subscriptions in one place on your iOS device.
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.
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.
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.
This year's WWDC was a big one. Even without an iPhone to announce, Apple still managed to make a big splash in the developer pool. And speaking of developers, The Apple Design Awards also took place this week, and recognizes 12 applications with outstanding app design. Unfortunately, only two of them are free, but here they are for your downloading pleasure.
Earlier this week, Apple silently released iTunes 10.3 with a system-wide software update. Riding on the coattails of the week's iOS 5 announcement, you might think you've heard everything there is to know about Apple's next big mobile operating system update. However, there are still more goodies to be found in iTunes 10.3 that Apple hasn’t yet told us about directly.