The Cult of Mac Super Guide To Everything Apple Announced At WWDC 2011 [Feature]

The Cult of Mac Super Guide To Everything Apple Announced At WWDC 2011 [Feature]

iCloud

Mail, Contacts, Calendar… Rewritten From The Ground Up: MobileMe’s three core apps are becoming free to everyone with an iOS device, and they’ve been rewritten from the ground up to work in the cloud, automatically pushing all updates to your devices.

Documents Sync: iCloud will automatically sync your documents between apps, PC and Mac, thanks to document syncing. Create a document on a Mac desktop app and it’ll be available on your Mac as well. Document sync will debut with Pages, Keynote and Numbers, but will become available to all apps with iOS 5 and Lion’s dev APIs.

Easily Download Any Purchased Item To Any Device: You can now see everything you’ve ever purchased on your iOS Device and re-download it easily. There’s no longer any confusion about what apps you’ve bought or what you can’t. The same is true with music and video, as well as iBooks. In addition, iBooks will now allow you to save your notes and bookmarks across devices, like Amazon’s Kindle Whispersync.

Photo Stream: Your last thirty days of photos taken on your PC, Mac or iOS Device will now be stored in the iCloud, automatically, You can access the Photo Stream by punching a button in Camera or Photos on an iDevice. On the Mac, it’s built into iPhoto; on the PC, it’ll be in the Pictures folder. It’ll even be available on the Apple TV.

Automatically Backup Your iOS Device: Once a day, iCloud will automatically back up your purchased music, apps, books, photos, device settings and app data, without ever once syncing to iTunes.

iTunes Match: iTunes will automatically scan your library and match any track it finds with Apple’s 18 millions song library. Once your songs are found, they’ll be mirrored in the cloud for download (not streaming) to any other connected device, at 256kbps AAC. If your songs aren’t found, iTunes will upload the tracks automatically. It takes just minutes.

Release, Price and Space: iCloud will debut in September along with iOS 5, with a dev preview coming today. It’ll be free with the purchase of any iOS devuce, and you’ll get 5GB of storage free, without counting apps, books, etc. iTunes Match and iTunes In The Cloud will be a separate service, and it’ll cost $29.99 per year for unlimited storage space.

Anything we missed or forgot? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Tim Brooks

    As an addition to the iOS Dictionary function – there’s also a Personalised Dictionary, presumably meaning a way of getting the dictionary how you want it!

  • M0UL

    i think you mean Just a drop in the bucket: For the full list of lion’s new features, not itunes

  • prof_peabody

    The split keyboard for thumb-typing *doesn’t* actually “take a cue from (Windows 8).”  Split keyboards have been around for many many years, Windows 8 was far from the first one, and there is no way Apple could have built it in so soon after seeing the Windows 8 one anyway.  

    “*Both* Windows 8 and iOS now incllude split-keyboards for thumb-typing.” Would be the more accurate way to phrase it.

  • Brooke Becker Habecker

    So, iTunes Match. If I pay the $24.99, I can stream my iTunes library to my iPhone, right? ‘Cause no way can I download my whole library to my 16 GB iPhone. Apple said “download”, not “stream”, from what I’ve read, but you said “streaming on any device for just $24.99″. In the iCloud section of the article, it says iTunes Match does NOT stream. Is that because streaming is a paid feature, but iTunes Match syncing is free? *confused*

  • tree

    Finally I don’t need to backup all the songs to an external harddrive. But what about movies and tv shows. Can I download them any moment like the apps? I have seen the presentation but didn’t understand it.

  • Matthew T.

    Has streaming been confirmed? I thought you could only download the music again to another Mac/PC or iDevice?

  • sayam_aggarwal

    I believe there’s no streaming feature available

  • Calion

    So if this is replacing MobileMe…what happens to our webspace?

  • Frankdood

    I really dont want to burn 4 gb of my 25gb of bandwith on Lion…why couldnt they just put it on a disc?

  • Sean Liu

    With Wifi sync to iTunes, can I sync everything on my phone just like with a cable? Even app data, movies, music, etc?

  • Support 18inc

    YES! Now I can actually have all my music on my iPad 2 without the worry of all the space audio and video files eat up. They should push the split keyboard in a small software update. That’s what I’m waiting for most…hen pecking can bite me.

  • Support 18inc

    I’m planning on buying the MBA when it refreshes, hopefully Lion will be on the USB stick included.

  • Boris

    Thank you. Fix this: “Create a document on a Mac desktop app and it’ll be available on your Mac as well.”

  • Joel Engel

    If there’s no DVD (or USB), how do you do a disk repair, for instance?

  • pegibson

    Uh, what about Time Machine?

  • Parent_and_SPED_Teacher

    I DON’T WANT that much organization in my life!!!!  Call me old, but . . . I don’t have an iPhone or iPad and don’t particularly want them (but that’s a different rant).  I am quite happy with my close to 5 year old MacBookPro running Snow Leopard.  I have absolutely no interest in ‘my stuff’ getting sucked up to the Apple iCloud in order to be pushed down to devices I don’t have or want. The last 30 days of my photos doesn’t belong anywhere except on my Mac (same goes for mail, contacts, calendar, docs).  I use Time Machine fairly regularly and it does what I need.

    Please tell me there is a way to opt out of this iCloud nonsense. (and yes, I will finally have to give up my dotmac email for gmail). 

  • DoomsdayInc

    Very well said.

  • Brian0505

    I like how the Keynote today reminded me that I can use ‘Reader’ to read this page in Safari, instead of needing to click ‘next page’ twice.  :)  This feature will be great in iOS 5.

  • Brandon

    Apple almost got it right. Like how they are heading towards PC-freedom with wireless sync but they failed to provide a way to delete music from the iPhone without syncing to iTunes. Tsk tsk Apple!

  • Big10todd

    iCloud is optional and is can be turned on or off in preferences.

  • Big10Todd

    Yes, iCloud is replacing MobileMe. When iCloud is released to the public Apple will provide instructions on how to migrate from MobileMe to iCloud.

  • Big10Todd

    Where do you think OS is stored when you insert the CD? Answer… on your hard drive. So there is no lost space due to upgrading. 

  • Srf4490

    Frankdood meant his monthly data cap from his ISP I think. So yea that is a lot to use out of 25 gigs a month

  • Jazzepat

    So… no widgets in IOS then??? 

  • Ranglin Dragon

    This is incorrect: “iTunes Match and iTunes In The Cloud will be a separate service, and it’ll cost $29.99 per year for unlimited storage space”.

    iTunes in the Cloud is part of iCloud, which Steve Jobs said will be free (listen to the keynote, he clearly says that these 9 (including iTunes in the Cloud) are part of iCloud which is free). The only part that you pay for is the matching service (iTunes Match) which is $24.99 per year, not $29.99, and the storage space is not unlimited for that.

  • haineux

    “Delta updates” means that, for instance, when you download an update to an App Store app, it will download just the changed parts, rather than the entire app again, if possible. “Over The Air” updates is something else. “Automatic” updates refers to yet a third thing.

    “How will you do disk repair with no DVD?” Stay tuned for more details.

    If you don’t want iCloud — you can keep your “@mac.com” email address, and turn off the rest.

  • Parent_and_SPED_Teacher

    The current sync to MobileMe calendar is ‘optional’. (the one the forced me to upgrade to a couple of months ago).  I can turn off sync in preferences, but it does nothing.  On the upgrade it eliminated my local calendars and moved them all to Mobile based, which now get updates pushed down to local.  Turning sync off (i believe) just stops the push.  It doesn’t get my local calendars back and doesn’t remove my data from the cloud.  Is this what they have in mind for my mail, docs, photos, music . . . ? Thanks, but no thanks. 

  • Parent_and_SPED_Teacher

    Not according to the email I received from Apple last night:
    When you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your MobileMe email address and move your mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service.Your MobileMe subscription will be automatically extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, MobileMe will no longer be available.

    Sounds to me like come 6/30/12 it’s either iCloud or nothing.

  • jefflyall94

    You can remove single songs from music app in ios5

  • Brian

    You need to just make a call to Applecare or stop in a store and have someone show you. There is an option to replace the calendar on the machine with the MobileMe one and then you can turn it back off. It’s not very intuitive really, I hate MobileMe and hated selling it when I worked in the Apple Store. Really though go have someone show you how, this isn’t the place for tech support.

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