Today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked off the week of the 2011 World Wide Developer Conference here in San Francisco with his keynote presentation that outlined three major technologies the company will soon be rolling out: Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and the iCloud service.

Mac OS X Lion

Jobs and company began running through several of the 250 new features that will arrive with the forthcoming major update to Mac OS X, Lion (version 10.7). Among the many advances it will bring are deeper support for multitouch gestures, facilities to allow easy creation and management of fullscreen applications, and the LaunchPad system that makes for easier browsing and launching of apps -- all of which bring Mac OS X's look and feel closer that of iOS.

Mac OS X Lion will be available sometime in July, exclusively through the Mac App Store as a 4GB download at a price of $29.99.

iOS 5

Jobs then moved on to iOS 5, beginning with a look at where we are. Since the original iPhone's 2007 debut, over 200 million iOS devices have been sold, in all, 25 million of which are iPads. There are presently 425,000 apps in the App Store, 90,000 of which were designed specifically for the iPad. And, since its debut less than three years ago, 14 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, generating a total developer payout of over $2.5 billion.

Apple intends to grow those already impressive numbers with the release of iOS 5, a major update to operating system driving the company's mobile devices. This new release will bring over 1,500 new APIs for developers to work with and over 200 new features.

Senior VP of iOS Software Scott Forstall took the stage to detail ten of the more notable features that iOS 5 will bring.

1. Notification Center is a new component of iOS that acts as a central notification hub that can be swiped into view, presenting a list of recent notifications and the ability to jump to the application associated with each. Additionally, notifications will no longer pop disruptively onto the screen, but will appear at the top of the screen, taking the user to the originating app with a tap or fading out entirely if ignored. The iOS lock screen will also display a list of the most recent notifications, with a swipe across each taking you to the originating application.

2. Newsstand gathers the many disparate digital magazines and newspapers available on the App Store into one place and allows easy browsing and purchasing. Chosen items will be downloaded into the News Rack, which features an iBooks-like interface that shows the current front page as the item's icon. Background downloads will allow subscribed items to updated themselves for easy pick-up reading.

3. Twitter support has been integrated into iOS, providing single sign-on (no need to re-enter password every time an app wants to access your Twitter account) and a pop-up Tweet Sheet for applications that support the new components. Those with immediate support include Camera, Photos, Safari, Maps, and Contact, the last of which can pull twitter user photos and import them into iOS contacts to put simplify the task of putting a name with a face.

4. Mobile Safari is the most popular mobile web browser in use today; nearly 2/3 of all mobile browsing is done with it. New to Mobile Safari is Reader, which provides a clean, unified rendering of multi-page stories, generated from RSS information. Reading List is an Instapaper-like system that allows webpages to be saved to a list for later reading. And, finally, tabbed browsing support will allow for easier management of multiple sites at the same time.

5. Reminders is a type of active to-do list system that can setup a "geofence" and trigger reminders based on your geographic location.

6. Camera is getting an update that will bring optional grid lines for better framing, on-device editing like cropping and rotating plus red-eye reduction. The volume up button can also be set to trigger the shutter. Additionally, a camera icon will appear on the lock screen allowing photos to be taken quickly without unlocking the device.

7. Mail under iOS will be enhanced to allow draggable addresses, indentation control, message flagging, full-message search, left / right swipe to / from inbox to message, an integrated dictionary, and support for the newly expanded iOS keyboard that can be slid upwards to split out into two thumboards.

8. "PC Free" changes have been made to iOS to allow it, for the first time, to be fully used without the need to sync to any PC or Mac. Upon first power-on, iOS devices will display a Welcome screen, as opposed to a sync notice. Software updates will now take place over the air via WiFi, and incremental "delta updates" will allow more efficient system updates.

9. Game Center has received several enhancements in this next version of iOS. Forstall indicates that there are over 100,000 game and entertainment titles in the App Store and, in an effort to further iOS as a game platform, Game Center has been expanded include user photos, achievement points, access to friends of friends, friend recommendations, game recommendations from Apple, and game downloads direct to Game Center. A framework for handling the behind-the-scenes back-and-forth needed by turn-based games has been provided as well, to eliminate the need for developers of such titles to handle everything on their own.

It was noted that in just nine months, there are 50 million Game Center users, while Xbox Live currently has about 30 million users after nine years of up-time, as a comparison.

10. iMessage lets iPad users get in on iPhone-style Message app texting. It's 3G and WiFi based, supports rich media, and works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The system includes optional delivery and read receipts with messages pushed to all of your devices.

It was also mentioned that iOS 5 will support wireless mirroring of an iPad 2 screen to an Apple TV display, WiFi-based syncing with iTunes, and will bring all of the resources of Mac OS X's Core Image subsystem to iOS developers.

iCloud

The third piece of today's keynote puzzle is iCloud, Apple's long-rumored online data storage / retrieval system that's designed to make life much simpler for users of all Apple devices.

"Some people think a cloud is just a hard disk in the sky," Steve told the crowd. "We think it's way more than that." iCloud stores content (think contacts, calendar, photos, music), with wireless push to all devices. But the kicker is, it's completely integrated with apps. Everything happens automatically, invisibly. "It just works."

iCloud replaces MobileMe and its core apps -- Contact, Mail, Calendar -- with completely rewritten version made to store data remotely and sync it with all Apple devices, Mac OS X or iOS-based. But those are just three of the nine total apps that make up the iCloud system. The App Store app has been updated to show your full purchase history from any device, with a download from cloud button that allows such apps to be redownloaded on different devices without any additional charge. Moving forward, any app purchased on any device gets pushed out to all other iOS devices. The iBooks app now works in the same fashion, as well.

A Backup application wirelessly backs up all data on an iOS device to the cloud via WiFi -- user data, camera roll photos, videos, books, apps, and music. If you purchase a new iPhone to replace an old, all data from the old device will sync down to the new unit.

Documents in the Cloud is Apple's solution to the complex and unnecessary nature of the filesystem on modern systems. As Jobs indicated, it "completes the iOS document storage story." This component of the iCould system allows applications to manage their own documents, syncing them to the cloud and down to all other devices. Support for Documents in the Cloud is already present in the latest versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. iCloud developer APIs are forthcoming that will allow storage of full documents as well as simple key value data. Documents in the Cloud supports all iOS devices, Macs, and PCs, too.

Photo Stream brings photos to the cloud. Take a photo on any iOS device or import a photo into iTunes on a Mac and it is automatically moved to the cloud and synced with all other Apple devices, and the Pictures folder on Windows PCs. This allows viewing of your Photo Stream on any iOS device -- including the Apple TV -- or Mac or PC. Photo Stream photos are all stored permanently on Macs and PCs, with the most recent 1,000 stored on iOS devices. Photos will be stored in the cloud for 30 days, long enough for them to make their way to all of your connected devices.

iTunes in the Cloud brings easy syncing of your music across all devices. Any previously purchased music can be downloaded without additional cost on any Mac, PC, or iOS device. Any future music purchase automatically gets pushed out to all connected devices. For music not purchased through iTunes, but ripped from CD or gathered elsewhere, the iTunes Match service will scan your library and allow you to download tracks that are found, at 256 Kbit AAC quality. Any tracks that were not matched can be uploaded to the cloud for access from any device. The cost for maintaining iTunes Match titles in your iCloud library is $24.99 per year.

MobileMe, which was a $99 per year, subscription service is now dead. iCloud replaces it as a free service that provides all of the aforementioned along with a me.com email address and 5GB of document storage, not counting photos, videos, music, apps, or books.

Developers can download a beta of iOS 5 with iCloud support today, and the system will roll out publicly in the fall.

Apple has placed a video of this morning's complete keynote event online.

  • Jim

    Uh oh, Apple's new Camera app with volume shutter control won't pass the review process.

  • Anonymous

    There were a few things that I wish were there (Apple always does this) like:

    -the integration of Nuance and Siri into the OS
    -navigation
    -stream your iTunes library instead of downloading
    -a game controller

    Overall I'm ecstatic but would really like to see Apple learn from the success of Xbox Live. It's not really there yet.

    • Yes

      a game controller? from apple? lol

      • Anonymous

        I know it's unlikely but there is only so much you can do w/o a controller using a touchscreen. It would also be really cool to Airplay, through USB/Thunderbolt when docked, to play a game on your AppleTV.

      • Yes

        Yea it just seems so against apples philosophy, maybe they could provide an API for third parties to build game controllers around though.

      • Anonymous

        They already did. How else can you use iCade if there werent APIs for external controllers? http://toucharcade.com/2011/05/24/a-review-of-the-icade-from-thinkgeek/

      • Yes

        Really? Then why has iCade created their own API? Why is Atari the only game publisher to support the iCade? If there was an official Apple API for physical game controllers I would expect a lot more games to have implemented it, it seems like they have built their own API on top of the generic accessories API.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        It pretends to be a bluetooth keyboard and sends keyboard presses to the iPad.

      • 4gwork

        I was reviewing the keynote and according to apple you will be able to mirror wirelessly what your device has on screen to the apple tv. Its called AirPlay Mirroring. That means any game on iphone or ipad can now be played on the big screen.

      • Frumius

        That may only be for the iPad.  Watch Apple's iOS 5 video on their site. They mention that, but only in reference to the iPad.  

    • Yes

      a game controller? from apple? lol

    • Yes

      a game controller? from apple? lol

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      Apple's GameCenter is already more popular than Xbox Live... oooh the irony

  • Macaroon

    Apple are going to run out of Big Cat's soon. OS X Giraffe is surely a matter of time; )

    • thewiirocks

      Don't be silly. There hasn't been a "Mac OS X: Maine Coon" yet!

  • Anonymous

    "A framework for handling the behind-the-scenes back-and-forth needed by turn-based games has been provided as well, to eliminate the need for developers of such titles to handle everything on their own."

    That's the part that's got this gamer drooling.

    • Adams Immersive

      And the prospecy of iCloud-synching game states/progress between devices!

      There are many Universal games that I’d like to play on the big iPad screen at home, yet also be able to make progress with on my iPhone when I’m not.

      • Anonymous

        Yup!  That's a done deal (well, if developers choose to add it).  The iCloud API allows syncing "key value" data, so any type of game save state can be sync'd.  I hope to see "sync save from iCloud" buttons on every game after iOS 5 ships :)

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Yeah, one more thing to delay my game! Still, I've wanted this feature for a long time, so I'm happy to add it in an Apple blessed fashion.

    • Paul

      Looks like we've found an answer for Great Little War Game. I hope the useage of this stuff is big enough to actually support lots of temp storage.

  • bigE1669

    No widgets no improved multitasking no New UI...fail.

    • Yes

      How does multitasking need improved? I want the battery to last. Games like order and chaos use multitasking very well

      • bigE1669

        Look at the YouTube video of what multitasking was and what we got stuck with.

    • Anonymous

      Well, just very limited widgets (in the notification screen) unless they allow devs to add more.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        That might come later, but nothing has been announced yet and I haven't seen anything. Must be testing the waters.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        That's what Widgets are... they're just incredibly simple Apps. iOS has had widgets since day one. Look at Dashboard, then look at iPhone 1.0. Old news.

      • Anonymous

        Sure.

        The end result of a very simple app is that it's a "widget". I think the only difference here is that multiple ones are "launched and visible" without needing to be individually launched, but all in an environment. Sure, like Dashboard in Mac OS X. It's not old news to have them in the new news notification tray, is it? :)

    • Anonymous

      I saw widgets.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Also, switching between Apps will be gesture based. It was a quick mention in the keynote. For those that have been using that, it is a nice improvement to the multitasking and the UI.

      I for one think the multitasking that Apple provides is just the right kind for now. I like my device to keep its charge without micro managing. There's still room for improvement with the interface to that underlying method, however.

      I had a student showing me his brand new Android device all customized and I couldn't stop myself from asking why the interface was so choppy. I felt bad after because he was really proud of it. He came back and mentioned how he was running all this stuff in the background. Fine. But who wants to mess with that hassle on a phone? Sure for a couple days it's fun to tinker, but then don't you want to just use it? I suppose some people are always going to prefer to flip switches and tweak things.

      • Lukwtwz

        When he finds out that you felt bad after because he was really proud of the new Android, he's going to be crushed,

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Why would he be crushed if I felt bad? I just felt bad that I didn't give him a little more time to show off. I was his teacher and he'd done some significantly geeky stuff. I just sort of shot him down without thinking. Pretty irresponsible as a teacher. I felt bad.

      • shamu

        what a wanker.

      • Frumius

        Now I feel bad for him.  I've done the same kind of thing, and then felt bad.
        Dang, now I'm bummed.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        On the upside. He graduated and got hired right away. :) Also, I haven't done anything stupid since, except for all the stupid things I've done, like some of the goofy posts I made on here. ;)

      • lukwtwz

        Because he would feel bad for making you feel bad. He's probably over it by now.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        ... but, he didn't make me feel bad, I did. Yeah, I'd say everybody is over it. lol.

      • lukwtwz

        If he knew in advance of your proneness to being chuffed by choppiness, then it was his fault for having put you in the uncomfortable position of having to suffer such a demonstration. Otherwise it's a tough call. As you say, though, everyone's over it. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah like jailbreaking iDevices to get some functionality that Apple leaves out? 

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

         Exactly. A waste of time for most people.

  • Anonymous

    "Mobile Safari is the most popular mobile web browser in use today; nearly 2/3 of all mobile browsing is done with it."Talk about making stuff up. Most popular on iOS devices maybe, but even my friends with iPhones don't even use that pos browser.

    • Yes

      Oh yea? What engine are those browsers using? What user agent do they have?

      • Anonymous

        That's not what they said though. It was Safari in particular, not the engine in general. 

      • Yes

        They use a UIWebView, they do not have their own webkit implementation. They basically run safari without the interface.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

      Indeed, bollocks to Safari, I use iCab Mobile.

      • Anonymous

        Since they included Androids browser in their "safari" usage, it's pretty safe to say iCab is also included in that :)

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        During the keynote they didn't include it in their Safari usage percentage except as a joke after the initial comparisons were made.

      • http://twitter.com/The_Unflattered Gee Lampa

        It wasn't a joke. They said that, since the Safari code went open-source, Android used it as the framework for their browser, so technically, it too is Safari. They laughed, but they weren't joking.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Maybe you don't understand the word popular? Here's another one to look up: anecdotal.

  • Anonymous

    Correction... Devs can't get iO5 betas today. They get a beta of 4.3 today, which includes iCloud support.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      You are simply wrong. :)

      • Anonymous

        http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/06/wwdc-2011-liveblog-steve-jobs-talks-ios-5-os-x-lion-icloud-an/check the liveblog... Devs get the 4.3 beta today. They get a seed for the iOS5 SDK today as well... which is not the same thing at all.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        4.3 is the current version of iOS. The beta in that slide refers to what you can try out (iTunes iCloud functionality if I remember right, which is available to everyone, now.) I can't remember if the iOS 5 thing was explicitly stated as available to developers, but I'm a developer and I can tell you, nobody said it WASN'T available. :)

    • http://toucharcade.com blakespot

      Devs do have iOS 5 beta -- early impressions pieces are going up all over. And the current version of iOS 4.3 contains what's needed to support iTunes cloud syncing.

  • Decoy Octopus

    With all the carriers limiting data, it's hard to see how cloud based services are going to be used in a practical way unless your on wifi 24/7. Good to still have my unlimited dataplan with att.

    • Anonymous

      They've already implemented some of the cloud features on iPhones already. You can access a list of 'purchased' songs for re-download in the iTunes app. Also, in the Settings app under 'store' you can choose whether to automatically download apps, books and music to all devices. There is also a toggle there to allow cellular data. The default is 'off' which would restrict it to WiFi only.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        I noticed over the last month or so, that I could suddenly download apps I had already purchased without any synching. They've been testing this on the sly for awhile.

    • Anonymous

      Which I think is one reason there was no mention of streaming your music at all. Indeed, this is my biggest concern with cloud in general. There are precious few unlimited plans anymore, and not everyone is near a wifi spot. 

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Agreed. This is a major issue with all the cloud stuff. One hopes that the carriers give in to consumer demand, but it could go the other way. At least the iCloud features enabled so far allow you to simply turn them off until you hit wifi. Definitely lessens the value, however.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    I really like the way iOS is evolving, I've been using it since the first gen iPhone and no company is doing this better, so I'm along for the ride and enjoying it. Everyone else is still playing catch-up, it's fun.

    • Tim Sash

      Catch up? Buddy, you need to look at 60% of those new features. They been on Android for a couple years now. 

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Despite some of these desperately needed features coming to iOS devices after Android, Android is still playing catch up in important ways.

        The big numbers that Android makes are from cheaper phones that people use mostly for making calls. Despite the many, many types of handsets available and the large number of sales, the amount of people buying apps or using the phones to get web services is a tiny percentage of those who own those phones. Android phones are still playing catch up in terms of usability (most people don't use them past the part where you make a phone call). At least that's what the current numbers seem to say.

        What I also find interesting in the naysayers from the Android camps so far is that they are sort of silent about iCloud and the huge added value it gives to the iOS devices. They seem to want to focus on the iOS 5 part as if iCloud isn't really part of that.

      • Anonymous

        You are absolutely ignorant of anything related to Android, as most Apple fanboys are. 2.5 billion apps were downloaded in the first three months of this year alone, and its projected the Android appstore will surpass the amount of apps in their marketplace over Apple's by summer's end. Comescore released stats within the last two weeks that Android users use more data on their phones than any other smartphone. 

        As for iCloud, we've had that with google docs, calendar, etc. We also don't have to download our music to any device when we can stream our music from anything with an internet connection. Apple throwing money at the record labels to do what we should be able to do anyway isn't innovative in the least, it's feeding the greedy beast that is the music industry.

        Really, you need to take off those blinders and face reality. Stop believing everything Old Man Jobs says.

      • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

        Want to face reality?
        I’m looking for some kind of replacement media player for Android which gives me the functionality I use on the iPhone every single day with the iPod app. So far, I found four different media players for syncing with iTunes (files), syncing with iTunes (ratings/playcount), playing audio files with chaptes and doing something like Genius. I was not able to find a media player which supports chapters in videos. I was not able to find a single app with does all of this. And we are talking (except for Genius) about stuff which iOS 1 had in 2007.

        That’s the reality on the Android platform. Yeah, they had Twitter integration and notifications better than Apple and other stuff like background downloading too. But if you take a look at the bundled apps and Apple really shines. And what would you bother more? Thinking which media player you have to use every single time you want to listen to something or waiting a minute, because your magazine app downloads the new issue in the foreground.

        I want to like Android, but I just can’t, because the functionality is still missing. Year 4 and counting :(. And with iOS 5 supporting most of the stuff where Android was better before - and supporting it in a way which looks nicer and feels more polished - the Android platform seems even more unusable to me (end-user-perspective, not geek-perspective).

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        I'll admit I was in a punchy mood last night. I pulled some of that info from outdated stuff in my head. In my defense, you are using figures comparing smartphones only (by your words at least), which is nice for Android numbers because they ignore the 10's of millions of iPads and iPod Touches and how those are almost exclusively used for data applications.

        If you are talking about Google docs in comparison to iCloud I think you underesitmate what iCloud represents. Music streaming "from anywhere" adds costs that you fail to recognize. The labels get their money one way or another. While I agree with you that we should be able to push our bits around wherever we want, the reality is that I'm going to be getting that for the most part on the iOS platform in a convenient and well-supported way coming from a much more reliable source than my home computer with no responsibility for maintenance on my part.

        Again, there are people who like to tinker for the sake of tinkering. In some categories I'm that way. I personally choose not to do so in my day to day use of my iDevices and accessing media. It's okay if some people want to do that. I don't think the majority of people enjoy downloading anti-virus software and keeping track of what is open and what is not. There are certain freedoms that come with that as well, but I say enjoy them while they last because it seems to be that Google is locking it down tighter and tighter for better or worse.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        "As for iCloud, we've had that with google docs, calendar, etc. We also don't have to download our music to any device when we can stream our music "

        Actually iCloud uses Native apps as the front end, with automatic, free backup. They're not Web2.0 sites. So no, you don't have anything like that.

    • Anonymous

      LOL! I've had most of this since Android 1.6. And while I love my iPod Touch, I find Android much more useful to me than the iOS. 

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        We are all very happy for you, I'm sure.

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        I'm assuming your use of the word 'useful' is incredibly nerdy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaison13 Jaison Corleone

    the best news (nongame oriented) is the new operating system with some freakin' huge overhauls only $29.99!!  what do you think windows 8 will run?  my guess $129.99

    honestly, i just don't get the multitasking complaints.  it's not like you can write a story on your ipad while playing a game anyway.  seems like this new ios handles most of what i'd want it to and more.  notifications sucked, this looks good.  i also don't get the where are the widgets.  aren't most widgets just tiny apps that already exist?  i have widgets on my mac and use them maybe once a month and it' usually the calculator.  also this doesn't launch till fall so 'm sure not everything was dev-con ready.  i do think integrated voice comands using siri and dragon will be in. i would think steaming too.

    someone said downloading songs, at 25mb is crazy.  there are a lot of 25mb songs?   nearly all of mine are under 10mb at a 192kbps and actually most are under 5mb.

    • BruteOutlawz

      "the best news (nongame oriented) is the new operating system with some freakin' huge overhauls only $29.99!! what do you think windows 8 will run? my guess $129.99"

      Sorry to say it but.... you get what you pay for

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        It's not that simple. Apple is hoping to make the money back in volume of sales and in Hardware purchases. Apple is well aware of the "halo effect" and Lion is only going to make Mac hardware more appealing to those who love their iDevices as there are some specific visual elements and emphasis on gestures that speak directly to those people.

        Microsoft has no such hardware effect to take advantage of when it comes to Windows. In fact, it is going the opposite direction trying to take Windows to the tablet space in order to gain a foothold there. As always Microsoft relies on its diminishing ubiquity and needs to profit handsomely on every copy of Windows sold (either to consumers directly or OEMs).

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Not really that simple.
        Apple is banking on the halo effect as Lion connects with iDevice lovers and sells more hardware with it. Microsoft doesn't have that and must make money on every copy of Windows sold while also hoping to gain a foothold in the tablet market before it gets away from them. Totally different ways to make money.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jaison13 Jaison Corleone

        what does that even mean?? snow leopard is already better than windows 8 and from what they showed so far about lion it's a massive upgrade over snow leopard so i don't get the you get what you pay for comment??  looks to me like you are getting the bargain of the decade at $29.99  lion actually looks more like os11 not just a jump from 10.6.7 to 10.7  i'm guessing you probably don't even use a mac with a comment like that.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        Windows 7 is a very solid and useful OS, though. There's not much to compare objectively between the two in order to declare that one is better than the other. It's up to personal preference and needs at this point.

      • Eric5h5

        Regarding "you get what you pay for"...you don't seem to get it; Apple is a hardware company, and the price of the OS is built into the hardware.  It's not "really" $30.  However, that's the price people see, and Apple seems to be setting this as the new standard.  I seriously doubt they'll ever do a $130 upgrade again.  This has a little bit of potential to have a serious effect on Microsoft, if it gets enough mindshare.  "Apple's OS upgrades are $30, why do I have to pay $XXX for Windows?"  In the same way that the App Store 70/30 split got a lot of mindshare and became a standard.  (Many people seem to forget that before the App Store came out, if you got a 70/30 split, it was often in favor of the publisher, not you.)

  • Anonymous

    The OTA updating of the OS is going to make the jailbreak side interesting, isn't it?

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      People still Jailbreak?

  • Matthew

    I will stay on iOS 4.2.1 and Mac OSX 10.6.6 I seems apple is becoming a control freak, but otherwise I will stay at my current fw.SAVE SHSH!!!!!!!

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      I don't follow. Care to explain any of this?

      • Rpgmind

        Never you mind, Aaron, Never you mind.

      • Blueknight1st

        Did you not see this... "8. "PC Free" changes have been made to iOS to allow it,
        for the first time, to be fully used without the need to sync to any PC
        or Mac. Upon first power-on, iOS devices will display a Welcome screen,
        as opposed to a sync notice. Software updates will now take place over
        the air via WiFi, and incremental "delta updates" will allow more
        efficient system updates."

        Yeah it may benefit a small handful of people but all I see it as is a way for Apple to try and stop jailbreaking. I guarantee this will be something that you have no choice but to leave turned on.

        I love my iDevices but I hate how Apple thinks they have the right to tell me how I can and can't use the hardware that I bought with my hard earned money.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        As far as I know you can still sync via cable and the OTA stuff probably isn't forced. Developers will need other means, I think. Could be wrong, but I see where jailbreakers may be nervous.

  • Xeyad

    am I the only one here super excited about Airplay Mirroring?! It's one of the best damn things about iOS 5!

    Now you can play games on the big screen WIRELESSLY :D all you need is an Apple TV, which costs $99....the HDMI adapter is $40

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      I'm very excited about Airplay Mirroring. I'm not sure how fast it will be for gaming however. It's great for sharing whatever you're doing on the device with others though. Since there was some lag in the demonstration video on Apple's website, I'm betting the lag would be unacceptable for playing a game looking at the TV, but others could watch you play.

  • Berkovitz

    God bless Steve Jobs. I hope everything's alright with him. His shirt hung off of him like drapes and he kept pulling up his breeches. God I hope he lives a long, long life. I'm scared after seeing an emaciated Stevie.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      I hope he's okay, too. It's so good to see him energized and excited about the new Apple stuff, but his body doesn't look like it's keeping up too well.

    • Rpgmind

      Yeah I noticed that as well.  I admire his diligence.

  • Sdfas

    Where is IPHONE !?!?!

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Not many were expecting new hardware today. In fact, you may be the only one!

      • Sdfas

        Damn im outdated! I need to be updated... to iphone 5!

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Coming in Sept. And yes the iPhone still holds up against Android phones (most of which don't have the latest version of Android)

  • bennehftw

    what about the itouch 5! that's what i'm getting. Hopefully it isn't crap!

  • Michael

    "PC Free" and iCloud backups just did it for me. My iPad is now completely independent! Best news I've heard since I bought this thing.

    Now my PC really will gather dust. And as much enjoyment as I'm getting out of my iPad, I can shelf my netbook and never look back.

  • Chris1a

    I hope they let third party browser devs in on their api´s. Apple really cripppled all browsers the last few months for some reason, choppy scrolling and zoom in/out etc....

    • http://twitter.com/Menneisyys Menneisyys

      I've been testing iOS5 on my iPad 2; unfortunately, the same stuttering scrolling in 3rd party Web browsers (except for, of course, the UIWebView-less Opera Mini) as before... That is, at least without updating the browsers, don't expect much.

      However, the tabs in Safari are indeed great. Too bad there is still no way of switching to full screen and the tabs take up additional screen estate. (At least on the iPad; dunno if they're hidden, as with the upper bar, when you scroll down on an iPhone)

  • Pitta

    Does anyone know is OS5 auto-sync retains savegames from deleted and reinstalled games?

  • http://www.tsimpountiii.gr Nikos Chatzigeorgiadis

    this is good Apple, very good! 

    it shows a lot of respect to its users and to the developers making money from your AppStore. The changes could not be better! 

    i would also like to comment the "no-iphone-5" announcement, and thats really good! one of the main reasons Android games will never be like iOS games it due to the fact that they make 100 of Android devices per year, but only 1 iPhone / year... for a developer that is awesome cause the optimizations for every piece of hardware are totaly painful... 

  • http://twitter.com/Menneisyys Menneisyys

    Guys, does the dev forum work for you now? I'd like to read the iOS 5 private forums. For some reason, I can't get into the forums. (Of course I am a paying iOS dev...) I'd like to know whether the current iPad2 beta is stable enough to be installed on one of my iPad's. (The first 4.2 beta was plain crap back in the iOS4 beta days in September 2010...)

  • Aer2

    nice to see tabbed browsing, and the cloud download feature that lets them keep track of my bought software and allow me to sync between the various devices automatically.

    too bad no hardware announcements, was hoping for a reason to start saving for an ipad3.

  • Kina

    whats that smell?! ergh Fanboys get a wash.

  • Bikko

    With all these improvements, I hope iOS 5 is more stable than 4. I don't like iOS 4 at all; iOS 3 was far more stable, faster and reliable. I hope 5 is an improvement in this area.

  • TigerXtreme69

    So is it confirmed then, we will be able to save our games to the cloud and actually remove games from our devices without losing them forever? FINALLY. This has been a major oversight for some time now.

  • The Truth

    another step towards turning the mac into a closed platform

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1203550 Michael D'Orazio

    As an iOS game developer, the Game Center improvements are particularly interesting, although I need to see how the feature implementation will work before I'll trust Apple on it.  I'm curious how this will impact 3rd party alternatives like OpenFeint.

  • http://twitter.com/Menneisyys Menneisyys
  • http://www.techendeavour.com Aggarwal Rahul

    I think the airplay mirroring is
    a meaty feature and this is proved in the video! This is tempting for anyone
    and it has all the reasons in the world to convince yourself to posses it!