WWDC is just around the corner. As always, iSmashPhone will be covering the event. We’ll have a live blog and after show thoughts, impressions and roundups.
What exactly is iCloud? We’ll know for sure by Monday. We have some ideas, but there has to be some kind of surprise in store. We will also be learning about iOS 5 and get more details on Lion, Apple’s next version of OS X.
Stay tuned, we will link to our live blog and embed one in this post in the near future.
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: The Keynote has now finished!
: The data center for iCloud is an eco-friendly facility, at least according to Apple’s standard.
: It will also be remarkably faster.
: Comparative to Amazon’s upload service the flat fee from Apple will be much less expensive.
: They are really looking against Amazon and Google as primary competitors in this market.
: That function is not free, but only costs $24.99 a year.
: They will upload songs that do not match.
: 18 million songs available, yet it still may leave behind unsigned artists that you have media from.
: iTunes Match can try to match your songs with what is stored in the iTunes Store library, which was the assumption when they got the record licenses a few weeks ago.
: This should work the same with pirated content.
: Steve is mentioning that there is a specific function to deal with songs you ripped yourself.
: iCloud is now going to be available on the iOS 4.3.
: The main point that Steve wants to push about iCloud is that it “just works,” and thats what both MobileMe and competitors like Google Music couldn’t do.
: This will also save the most amount of space on the iPhone and iPod Touch since these are dominated by the iPod section.
: You will get all iTunes purchases in full quality on a total of ten possible devices.
: This may take about 30 seconds.
: iTunes will have a “Purchased” location where you can find all of your media and then hit he cloud button to make it cloud ready.
: The term they are using is downloading, not streaming as we would have assumed.
: No charge for multiple downloads anymore!
: You can do the same things with music through iCloud that you can do with all other purchases: which is share them between devices with a mobile storage location.
: Steven Jobs: “It’s the same old story. I buy something on my iPhone and it’s not on my other devices. I grab my iPod and I go to listen to that song and it ain’t there!”
: iTunes in the iCloud!
: The images they are using are from Cars 2, which looks like a little paid product placement.
: It is not really clear yet from what they have said.
iSmashPhone (editor): No info on that yet, i.e. Music managment
Comment From Michael Bosche
Ok so I work 3rd shift and just woke up can you give me a fast overview of IOS5 and is iCloud gonna allow us to manage music wireless?
: You can almost instantly slide a photo from your iPhone to your iPad.
: This will essentially allow you to prevent the filling of your hard drive that happens from cell phone photos.
: The pictures will bump over to Apple TV also.
: This PhotoStream feature is not separate from your Photos app and is instead built right in, which makes it easy to work with.
: There have been a lot of references to Android, which may be an attempt to say that they have finally surpassed the Android OS in every way.
: They again mention this is like Picasa on Android, but better.
: You will not have to sit around and upload and transfer photos, as this is automatic for you with PhotoSTream for iCloud.
: PhotoStream, which will eliminate the need for apps that will do this feature.
: That will work for both full documents and just value parts or Key Value Data.
: iCloud Storage APIs
: They say that it “Completes iOS document storage story.”
: It is almost as though iCloud will be the brain of your devices and you will just be able to tap into it with a unique interface depending on the device you are using.
: Pages works the same way, you can just hop on a different device from the one you started on and get right what you need.
: This is showing the keynote for the iPhone, which means that this may integrate your phone even more than it already is into business and academic presentations.
: When you open up Keyote on the iPad it asks you if you want to go into the cloud to find documents.
: Working with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, which means that Documents in the Cloud is largely directed toward the iPad and iPad 2.
: It can then go to everything that the user has Pages on, which means that it can jump to other devices.
: “If I’m on my iPad and I create a Pages document, it automatically uploads it and stores it in the cloud.”
: Documents in the Cloud
: All over Wi-Fi, not 3G.
: This will include all music, apps, and books, your camera roll, device settings, and app data.
: Content will be backed up on a daily basis to iCloud, which is great for those who want to be completely PC free.
: This process will work the same for iBooks, which will allow you to buy them on one device and use them on another.
: This will foster device integration for those who own multiple iDevices.
: MobileMe is now gone for good.
: And it will also be free period! Meaning no cost!
: iCloud will be ad free.
: You will get an @me.com account so that your messages will be able to go to all your devices and everything will be kept up to date.
: This will also be true of Calendards, and you will be able to institute sharing as well.
: Your contacts will automatically be sent over to the Cloud and then synced to your other devices.
: This will essentially be a mobile storage location for all of your content that is then pushed onto your devices.
: This is what iCloud will do, and it is going to be integrated will your apps.
: What if you were able to take a photo on your phone and make it available to all of your devices through a cloud service?
: That is why it is being moved to the cloud.
: He is discussing how difficult it is to keep our growing media libraries in sync.
: Steve Jobs: “I get to talk about iCloud.”
: This will be available for the iPhone 3Gs and above, iPad 1 and 2, and the newest iPod Touch models.
: “iOS 5 will ship to all of our customers this fall.”
: iOS 5 will include the iTunes Tone Store, AirPlay Mirroring, a Personal Dictionary, a new iPad Music App, hourly weather forecasts, offline mail support, and more.
: Looking very similar to iChat.
: This can work both over Wi-Fi and 3G, which means that it will be constant.
: This will work much in the same way that instant messaging services do, like on Facebook Chat or AIM.
: This all seems to be part of a move away from a simple “cell phone” communication method for iDevices and to become a more all inclusive communication model.
: You will be able to begin talking on your iPad, switch to your iPhone, then go to your iPod Touch and remain in the same conversation.
: You will also be able to get things like delivery receipts on type notifications.
: This is going to work for text messaging, as well as photos, videos, contacts, and group messaging.
: This is an instant messaging service for all iOS 5 users, not just the iPhone.
: The last big annoucement, and possibly most important, for the iOS 5 is iMessage.
: Turned based games will be available right in the OS
: You will be able to see the scores and recommendations from your friends.
: Now there will be a more enhanced social networking element brought into Game Center.
: Compared to Xbox’s 30 million users.
: It has 50 million users.
: “iOS is the most popular gaming platform on the planet.”
: Game Center is having a major update on the iOS 5.
: This will allow OTA updates, so no plugging it in.
: You will get a Welcome message now when you first start up your new iDevice instead of forcing you to tether it to a computer.
: They are acknowledging that many iDevices go to users without computers.
: It has the image of a cable being cut that is running to your iPhone.
: Next Up on the iOS 5: PC Free.
: A new split keyboard option can also be of a help to many users, especially on the iPad.
: If you tap a word and then the Define button, which pops up similar to the copy and past function, it will take you into the dictionary so you can find out what it means.
: It can tap into the built in dictionary, and so can all apps from the App Store.
: You will be able to easily flag messages.
: The search function has also seen a major upgrade, just like with Lion.
: Draggable addresses, indentation control, rich text formatting, and basically a lot of small features that make the app more accessible, detailed, and useful.
: Now Mail has been updated on the iOs 5, just as on Lion.
: There are even automatic “one click” enhancement options.
: Cropping, rotation, and red eye.
: You will be able to do easy photo editing right from your touch screen.
: You can take a photo without entering your passcode, but you still would not be able to just get into the phone.
: It will be a shortcut that will allow you to quickly get out your camera, which can be tough on the iPhone when you need to capture and image fast.
: The lock screen will have its own camera button.
: The camera is also receiving an upgrade with the iOS 5.
: What is great about this is that you can assign locations to it, so that a reminder will go off when you are in a certain location.
: An app for making lists will be built right in.
: Now Reminders will be added to the iOS 5.
: This will really standardized how web pages will be viewed, which means that the device will have more control and some will be taken away from webmasters.
: You can just switch between tabs in Safari in a similar way to how you would do when you were on your computer’s version of the software.
: It will also include tabbed browsing.
: This is really intended to make the use of long web pages more practical on mobile devices.
: You will also be able to easily save the story to read later.
: You can email the story pretty easily.
: What you will be able to so is select the Safari Reader when you are on a website and then you will be able to open it into this view, which makes it much easier to read on the iPhone and, especially, the iPad.
: Now they are adding the Safari Reader, which also has a newspaper feel.
: Mobile browsing is dominated by Safari, which takes up two thirds of the market.
: Time for Safari.
: You can just open it and hit Tweet and you’re ready to go.
: This will apply standardization for the Twitter use, and likely make it more standard for iPhone users than it was previously.
: Just like the Camera or Safari.
: Twitter has been made even easier and will come as a built in iPhone app.
: There are about a billion tweets every week.
: Now time for Twitter.
: Automatic download and online readership.
: News Stand will feel kind of like iBooks for magazines and papers, which is a major boost to the iPad.
: GQ, Nat Geo, New York Times, Oprah, Equire, a whole number of them.
: This will allow you to get your favorite publications through subscription modes, which means that magazines through the iOS are going to become even more practical.
: Now Newstand.
: Much of this seems like what is available from the Android, yet somewhat improved.
: You can just clear one out with the little upper right hand X, just like when deleting an app.
: This keeps things like FaceTime, phone calls, text messages, social networking, and email as all part of the same notification system and allows you to deal with them all at once.
: Yet you can go back to it when you are ready.
: The main point is that when you are in an app it will not be intrusive and will go away momentarily.
: You will just swipe down now and get a huge list of notifications.
: A centralized location for all of your notifications.
: The solution to this will be the Notification Center.
: Notifcations, which there have been 100 billion of so far, are annoying and clunky.
: New notificaitons
: iOS 5 will have 1500 new APIs and 200 new features!
: Over 225 million accounts, and they all use credit card purchases through a clicking method.
: The FDA and FAA have even approved some apps.
: $2.5 billion have been paid out to developers.
: 90,000 apps just for the iPad.
: iBooks has 130 million book downloads.
iSmashPhone (editor): $29.99 price point for OS in my opinion ends piracy. At this price point majority of people will have zero incentive to pirate, plus the ease of use of the app store.
: They also are listing that more that 15 billion songs have been downloaded from iTunes.
: They are claiming that the iPad was a revolution that created a new type of mobile device.
: This bumps the Android to number 2.
: It is the number one mobile operating system in the world.
: The iOS devices have reached 200 million.
: Now time for the iOS 5!
: It is only $29.99!
: Just a 4GB download and you will be able to use it on all of your Macs.
: Lion will only be available in the App Store, which means you never have to buy a disc for it.
: Things like FileVault 2, FaceTime, Windows Migration, Safari reading list, iChat service plug-ins, Dictionary lookup, new About this Mac, and more.
: These were just the top ten features for Lion, but there are 250 major changes.
: The available search combinations, like looking for sender and date, is going to make it much easier to work with large inboxes. Most email now never gets deleted, which creates huge libraries of past emails that are difficult to search through. This may be the solution to this new problem.
: The search functions are going to change interaction with Mail quite a bit.
: All messages will
not stay inline.
: Conversations will be modified with new available views.
: There will now be two to three columns, a favorites bar, and snippets on the left hand side.
: Mail has also seen a huge overhaul for Lion.
: They get a notification and then can get the file, no problem.
iSmashPhone (editor): I wonder if AirDrop will be part of iOS 5
: You just take the file you want to share and “drop” it onto the user.
: When you are running it you will be able to see the other users who are also on, just like with any social networking tool.
: This is supposed to make the whole practice of thumb drives being transfered over to a friend for file sharing.
: Now Airdrop.
: This basically creates a lot of integration between documents and app, meaning they work together in a form of unity.
: Timeline will be a part of this, and works much like Time Machine.
: You will be able to look at the history of the document easily now.
: Another element that will be here is “exiting without saving.” This will allow you to leave an app, close it out, come back, and have it be as it was.
: Launchpad will help the installation process from the App Store, and watching Twitter do this was fun. They sent a bird to fly over from the App Store.
: This will hopefully cut down on multiples of the same file filling up your computer and creating clutter.
: This is easy to turn off, but a nice feature to keep things consistently saved. It will also take it out the realm of the application itself and keep it centered on the computer itself.
: Lion will also include Auto-Save, which will make sure that documents are saved without any actual choice by the user.
: “Now when you launch an application in Lion it brings you right back to where you left off.”
: The App Store is built into Lion and in app purchases, push notifiations, and sandboxing for security are all coming with it.
: The App Store is now number one for software, above Best Buy, Walmart, and Office Depot.
: Off to the Mac App Store.
: Since you can easily just delete one of these space with the X in the upper left this may become very useful.
: You will have the ability to create new “space” where you can drag a window, which is intended to cut down on clutter and make the OS X more usable.
: When you select an App it can come forward, making it much easier to navigate through apps and then just focus in on a single one for use.
iSmashPhone (editor): It is interesting to see that some ideas made it into Lion from iOS and other mobile platforms
: The comparison was to task-switching on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
: This “swiping” action looks especially nice when applied to iPhoto here. Especially when iPhoto comes up to fullscreen and the rest of the desktop just slightly fades away.
: They just likened the ability to swipe forward or backwards to a deck of cards. Nice.
: All of this is intended to give you a more hand control, which is important with touch screen technology and is obviously assumed to be the standard with which most users want to be integrated with their device. If Apple is saying this now, it is probably correct.
: This is going to give you a look into everything you are running, different views of the apps, and every widget can be popped into the upper left hand corner of your screen.
: Everything is also going to be unified through Mission Control.
: iCal, Safari, iMovie, and more, are all going to see this full screen upgrade.
: Again, bringing something that is relevant to the iOS to the regular computer.
: Now they are announcing full screen applications, yet you will be able to swipe between them when they are in use.
: This may get rid of scrollbars completely.
: This will take the multi-touch gesturing that you became used to on the mobile iDevices and brings them right into your Macbook.
: Multi-tool gestures, or multi-touch trackpads will be in the notebooks.
: What’s coming up now for the OS X is Lion, and it is going to have 250 new features.
: They are making a solid claim that this is not just because of the hardware, but also because of software.
: They are going to discuss X Lion, iOS 5, and Cloud service information.
: They are going to discuss X Lion, iOS 5, and Cloud service information.
: 54 Million Mac users, and now a major announcement is going to keep them in. Especially with a recent 28% in Mac growth.
: They are going to now discuss OS X Lion, iOS 5, and Cloud.
: The 5,200 hundred attendees actually sold out in 2hrs, which tells you about the importance of this event.
: Steve Jobs just came on stage!
: Any minute now.
: There are some Macbook Pros on stage right now, which could be new demo models that are going to be available.
: Music is playing a big part in the pre-event right now, which may be because of the coming iCloud announcement.
iSmashPhone (editor): Logic tells me that they may not show iPhone 5 if it is due in a fall. They would not want to tip their competition.
Comment From Mike
iSmashPhone editor, what are the chances in your mind that “Uncie Steve” will show off the iPhone 5 today?
: This will not stop a live discussion stream, but the video will not be available until after the keynote has actually finished.
: No livestream available for the keynote address, which seems a little restricted.
: The big question is whether or not Apple is going to move beyond just the iOS and iCloud and present something new about the iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and actual iPhone hardware.
iSmashPhone (editor): Jay is at E3 event today. So Shane will be helping me with live event today.
iSmashPhone (editor): Yes, Uncle Steve will present