A Simple Summary Of Steve Jobs’ Keynote Session at WWDC

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Steve Jobs’ keynote at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco -showcasing the newest technologies and latest innovations the in iOS and Mac OS X – has now concluded.

Apple previewed the next major version of the Mac operating system, a mobile OS update, and a cloud-based service for syncing and backing up documents, photos, contacts, calendars, email and music.

Here’s an easy-to-digest summary of the salient points:

Mac OS X Lion

  • Mac users – More than 54 million globally
  • Mac has grown 28%, while PC growth has shrunk 1% year-over-year
  • OS X Lion has 250+ new features
  • Multi-Touch Gestures – fully baked into Mac OS X Lion
  • Mac App Store is now the #1 channel for buying software, ahead of Best Buy, Walmart, and Office Depot
  • Mac App Store – now with delta upgrades for faster app updates
  • More than 3,000 new APIs in Mac OS X Lion
  • Mac OS X Lion – only available in the Mac App Store, no more discs. Available in July; upgrade price $29.99.

iOS 5

  • 200 million iOS devices sold, making Apple’s iOS the #1 mobile operating system in the world
  • Apple’s hugely popular iPad has sold over 25 million units, putting it far ahead of rival tablets
  • Apple is the #1 music retailer in the world, with 15 billion songs sold from the iTunes Store
  • 130 million books have been downloaded from iBookstore; all major publishers on board
  • 14 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store in less than 3 years
  • There are now 425,000 apps in the App Store, with over 90,000 just for the iPad
  • There are now more than 225 million credit card accounts listed with iTunes
  • iOS 5 – over 200 new user features and 1,500 new APIs
  • iPad split keyboard – now possible to split the keyboard and bring it to the sides by swiping it up
  • Cable Free – No more cables and desktop computers needed to start using iOS devices; software updates are over the air
  • iOS devices can sync with iTunes on your computer wirelessly through WiFi
  • iOS 5 – available this fall (for iPhone 3GS and above, iPad and iPad 2, and 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch)

iCloud

  • iCloud automatically uploads your content, stores it, and pushes it to all your devices
  • To work on iCloud, MobileMe apps have been rewritten from the ground up
  • iCloud will be free; you can get a @me.com account and your messages will be pushed to all    your devices; no ads
  • App Store and iBookstore – integrated with iCloud
  • Automatic daily backups to iCloud over WiFi – including purchased music, books, photos and       videos, device settings, and App data
  • Documents, Photo Stream and iTunes integrated in the Cloud
  • Each user to get 5GB free storage; not including Photo Stream, apps, books, and purchased music
  • iTunes Match – for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes; it replicates your music collections in iCloud, without any upload required
  • iCloud will ship along with iOS 5 in the fall; will be available for iOS 4.3 as well

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