While a decent amount happened this week in the world of notebooks, smartphones and tablets; the primary focus was on Apple as the company took to the stage at WWDC to announce iOS 5, iCloud and OS X Lion. There was no iPhone 5 announced, but the new software is already on many devices, including several iPad 2s here at GottaBeMobile.
WWDC 2011 Announcements
iOS 5 – iOS 5 announced with over 200 new features that will transform the user experience on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple went over the top 10 iOS 5 features on the stage including better notifications, PC Free WiFi Syncing, Twitter Integration, a better camera app, improvements to Safari and other great features like iMessage. iOS 5 also includes OTA updates to iOS and much more.
OS X Lion - Apple’s next operating system Mac OS X Lion was also formally announced with a $29 price tag and a release date of July. OS X Lion will bring some of the iPad experience to the Mac notebook and desktop systems. Apple detailed the top 10 OS X Lion features on stage, but there are over 250 coming – including a new Find My Mac feature.
iCloud – Apple also announced the long rumored iCloud service which will wirelessly sync your Music, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Apps, Books, Documents and more to the cloud and across your devices. You can already get into the action with iTunes 10.3 to start using iCloud for your music, app and book purchases right now.
iTunes Match – Apple will automatically let you download songs purchased through iTunes to your device, but if you want to include your own songs you’ll need the $25 a year iTunes Match service. This tool will match the songs you have ripped or purchased from other sources and if possible add a high quality version of the song to your iCloud account. For songs that can’t be matched, Apple will allow you to upload them. Check out how iTunes Match compares to the competition.
Popular WWDC 2011 Articles
- 7 iCloud Features Typical iPhone & iPad Users Will Love
Average iPhone and iPad users will see a lot of benefits when iCloud is released as part of iOS 5. Below are seven iCloud features that will typical iPhone and iPad users will love.
- Why iOS 5 Isn’t Enough To Make Me Switch From Android
Apple finally announced the top ten features of iOS 5, which included a few of the features that iOS 5 needed to make me switch from Android to the iPhone, but ultimately iOS 5 is too much catching up and not enough innovation to get me to make the jump.
- 5 Exciting iOS 5 Features for iPad Owners
Apple announced iOS 5, the latest version of the popular iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch operating system at WWDC 2011 this week. While iOS 5 will be coming to a collection of devices, there are a number of new iOS 5 features that extend the functionality of the iPad and iPad 2.
- No iPhone 5 This Summer: What You Can Buy Instead
We’ve come up with a list of phones that we think are some pretty good alternatives in case you don’t want to wait until September.
- iOS 5 Ushers in the End of the iPod Era
Almost a full decade later, Apple continues to ask the world to bid adieu to their hardrives, but this time with iOS 5 and iCloud, the iPod chapter may be coming to an end as Apple is now focusing on connected devices in the iPhone and iPad.
- How to Get an iCloud Experience on Android
How to replicate iCloud on Android you can do it with the help of a few apps.
- How to Get iOS 5 Now – 5 Options Under $10
If you can’t wait to until this Fall to get iOS 5 on your iPhone or iPad, we have you covered with a collection of solutions for installing the iOS 5 beta on your device right now without buying a $99 developers license.
- Top 10 Pitchmen (And Women) Who Could Replace Steve Jobs
A look at 10 people who could take over for Steve Jobs when he retires.
- No iPhone 5: So What Am I Supposed to Buy?
For the past three years, Apple’s announced a new iPhone at its World Wide Developers Conference and made them available for purchase soon after. But Apple failed to announce the iPhone 5 at WWDC, leaving many early adopters with nothing to upgrade to as their contracts come up for renewal with AT&T.
Other Notebook, Smartphone and Tablet News
- Father’s Day 2011: 21 Awesome Tech Gift Ideas for Dad
Father’s Day is just around the corner and rather than ties and the odd gift boxes offered at department stores we suggest you get dad one of these awesome Father’s Day gifts. These tech gifts for Father’s Day 2011 aren’t just for geeks. We have all types of consumer electronics, thumb drives, eBook readers, tablets, smartphones and more.
- General Dynamics Itronix GD8200 Survives 35 Tests Including Shake & Bake
General Dynamics Itronix has just announced a new fully rugged notebook designed for users that need a rugged notebook that goes the extra mile, and most importantly the last mile.
- Sprint’s Sizzling Summer 4G Trio: Samsung Within (Galaxy S II), HTC EVO 3D, Motorola Photon 4G
After massive smartphone launches from Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile recently, Sprint’s about to join its rivals in welcoming some hot summer smartphones this summer. Grads, dads, and back-to-school folks may want to take a look at Sprint’s three hottest announced and unannounced high-end Android handsets this summer. That lineup includes a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the announced HTC EVO 3D, and the upcoming Motorola Photon 4G.
- Motorola Droid Bionic Launching with Unlocked Bootloader?
The Motorola Photon 4G, announce earlier today by Sprint, is an extremely attractive device boasting a 4.3 inch qHD display, Tegra 2 processor, and world phone capabilities. Those are great but there is something else that makes the Photon 4G a special phone. It’s going to be coming with an unlocked bootloader.
- HTC Thunderbolt’s New Official OTA Update Leaks Out
Teh HTC ThunderBolt Firmware update that is supposed to fix a collection of issues including random reboots has leaked out early.