...and the company's WorldWide Developer Conference
Apple finally kicked off its much-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference, and introduced the equally anticipated Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 operating systems, as well as the company's cloud offering - iCloud. As you might imagine, there are a lot of details to take in around these three offerings , so we've compiled a whole bunch of them into quick, bite-sized nuggets for easy consumption.
Are you impressed by Apple's forthcoming offerings? Let us know in the comments.
Mac OS X Lion
1. Mac OS X Lion is the 8th major release of the OS.
2. It will be available in July.
3. It has over 250 new features (not all of which were detailed)
4. It comes with 3,000 new developer APIs.
5. It will be only available by download through the Mac App Store.
6. It features Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations that let you interact directly with content on the screen
7. New gestures include momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps.
8. All Mac notebooks ship with Multi-Touch trackpads and desktop Macs can use Apple's Magic Trackpad.
9. Mac OS X Lion features full screen apps to take advantage of the entire display
10. The Mission Control feature combines Exposé, full screen apps, Dashboard and Spaces.
11. You can swipe to get your desktop to zoom out to display your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full screen apps and your Dashboard.
12. It comes with the Mac App Store built in.
13. The Launchpad feature makes it easier to find and launch apps, and with a single multi-touch gesture, all your apps are displayed in a full screen layout.
14. You can organize apps into any order or into folders and swipe through unlimited pages of apps.
15. There's a redesigned Mail app with widescreen layout.
16. The Mail app has a new conversations feature that groups related messages into a scrollable timeline.
17. The Mail app has a new search feature that lets you refine searches and suggests matches by person, subject, and label as you type.
18. The mail app also includes support for Microsoft Exchange 2010.
19. The OS includes Resume, which lets you bring apps back to how you left them when you restart or relaunch the app.
20. Apps will save automatically as you work.
21. Versions records the history of your documents as you create them, and gives you a way to browse, revert, and copy/paste from previous versions.
22. An AirDrop feature lets you find nearby Macs and set up P2P wireless connections.
23. Mac OS X Lion will be available as an upgrade to Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for $29.99.
24. The upgrade will be at about 4GB (the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store).
25. Apple calls iOS 5 "the most extensive software update ever for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch."
26. iOS 5 has over 200 new features.
27. iOS 5 is a free update.
28. iOS 5 gives devices access to iCloud (see below)
29. Apple has not detailed all 200 features, but highlights a few as "key features," which include: notification center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, Twitter, Camera, Photos, Safari, and PC Free.
30. Notification Center aggregates all of your notifications, and can be accessed simply by swiping down from the top of the screen.
31. It shows stocks and weather at the top of the screen.
32. It will display a little pop up at the top to let you know about it while you're watching a video or playing a game, then it will go away.
33. The "Newsstand" feature automatically downloads (in the background) the latest issues of magazine and newspaper apps that you're subscribed to, and keeps the available for online or offline access from one place.
Do you think Apple's new offerings will make a significant impact? Tell us what you think.
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