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Apple WWDC 2011 News Roundup


Apple announced some new groundbreaking features that will be coming to us later this year during its annual World Wide Developers' Conference at Moscone West, San Francisco this morning. With iOS 5, iCloud and Mac OS X Lion, it might just convince you to get an Apple product. Read on to find out more what exactly has Apple planned for us in the coming future.

Apple's annual WWDC kicked off this morning in San Francisco with Apple CEO Steve Jobs taking the stage to announce what has his company is going to release in the upcoming days and months. Here are what is announced this morning in children-friendly bit-size:

  • Mac OS X Lion – The lastest inception of the company's flagship operating system boast a whopping 250 new features for end users including Multi-Touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, the Mac App Store (which by now most Mac users has experienced), Mission Control, Launchpad, and Mail app, just to name a few. Available as a digital download for just US$29.90, it will be available for all Mac users running Intel Core 2 Duo and above Macs on the Mac App Store next month in July.
  • iOS 5 – New version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5, will feature 200 new features to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users later this fall. New features includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, OTA updating and more.
  • iCloud – Apple will be offering an all-new cloud service which will give users former MobileMe services as well as iCloud Storage, iCloud Backup, iCloud's Photo Stream services and enhancment to iTunes with iCloud. Most features will be available for free and it will be released later this year in fall.

Many expected the announcement of the successor to Apple's iPhone 4 as traditionally, Apple has used WWDC as a platform to announce and showcase the latest iPhones since the iPhone 3G. But many were disappointed that not a single mention of the next iPhone was said. Speculation of the next iPhone's announcement has pushed back to something in fall as a seperate special event.

If you're interested to watch the keynote delivered by Steve Jobs and his colleagues, head over to Apple's stream and watch it there. QuickTime 7 is required on Windows.

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