As a follow-up to last week’s super guide of everything we expected at WWDC 2011, here’s everything Steve Jobs and Apple actually did announce at this year’s WWDC, from Lion’s exciting new features to the revolution of iOS 5 and iCloud.
OS X Lion
• Release: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be released in July, exclusively on the Mac App Store. It will not be available as a DVD or USB Drive except, perhaps, with the purchase of a new Mac.
• Price: $29.99 per user, available on every machine linked to that iTunes account.
• Hardware Requirements: Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM. (To check your processor, go to > About This Mac)
• Server Will Be Mac App Store download: Although Apple did not announce the price, Lion Server will be an App Store download. The discrepancy between Snow Leopard ($29) and Snow Leopard Server ($499) is quite high, but Lion Server will cost just $49.99.
• Mac App Store will become more iOS-like: With Lion, the Mac App Store won’t just be fully integrated. It’s going to get in-app purchases, push notifications, sandboxing, and “Delta Updates”… or automatic, OTA updates pushed down to users.
• New Mail.app: The new Mail.app will have an improved search that will give you smart search suggestions (for example, it’ll recognize the difference between a person’s name and a search term). It’ll also have both two and three column views, a conversation view, and anew brushed steel icon.
• iCloud Integration: Lion will sync, at the very least, your Pages, Keynote and Numbers documents with Apple’s new iCloud service, as well as your last thirty days worth of iPhotos.
• iTunes WiFi Sync: iTunes will now sync over WiFi with your iOS device.
• iTunes Match: iTunes will now scan your local library, match your tracks with the 18 million song available on iTunes and, if it finds matches, automatically mirror them in the cloud for streaming on any device for just $24.99 a year.
• Just a drop in the bucket: For the full list of iTunes’ new features, see here.
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