2011-06-06

WWDC 2011 - my highlights

Mac OS X 10. 7 / Lion
  • Lion will cost $ 29.99 and be available in July
  • All the already known features such as Restore, Auto Save, Resume, Launchpad or Mission Control brought no surprise
iOS 5
  • The new notification system presents multiple notifications clearly laid out instead of the modal pop-up alerts; not only on the top of any window, but also in an own view and also on the lock screen
  • Newsstand and the Twitter integration are currently of no interest for me
  • The Reader feature has finally arrived to Mobile Safari - content-focused full-screen page view
  • Reminders seem to be a useful feature for the iPhone, especially its location-aware functionality
  • Mail has been pimped: Draggable addresses, S/MIME, message flagging, rich text formatting and indentation control
  • Setup, iTunes sync and delta software updates can be done wirelessly i.e. OTA
  • iMessage - kind of chat à la FaceTime, but also via 3G
  • iOS 5 developer preview will be available as early as today - I will provide a review as soon as possible
  • Updated iBookstore and App Store apps
iCloud

  • A better MobileMe
  • FREE and AD-FREE
  • Mail, Calendar, Contacts in the cloud
  • Pages, Numbers, Keynote in the cloud
  • Photo Stream - pushing photos to all devices
  • iTunes in the cloud - anything bought can be downloaded to any authorized device
  • Music can be pushed to up to 10 devices
  • 5 GB for Mail, more for the other previously mentioned apps - awesome!
iTunes Match
  • Formerly known as Lala
  • $ 24.99 p.a.
I'm very excited to try all these new things - what about you?

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