Monday, June 6, 2011

Apple’s Big News: iCloud, iOS 5, and Lion

On Monday, June 6th, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, introduced three new things at the Developers’ Conference;  iCloud, iOS 5, and Lion.

Here’s a very brief recap of what each is and what they all mean to you;

iCloud is Apple’s new version of Cloud storage and retrieval service. While Cloud storage isn’t news, it’s what Apple’s doing with it and how we’ll be using it that is.

iOS 5 is the next generation of the dynamic operating system that runs the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and takes functionality on your mobile devices to a whole new level.

Lion is the newest operating system for desk and laptop computers, and is an upgrade from the existing system.

The combination of these three technologies will enable you to sync the content in each of your devices to your other devices so you’ll be able to see and use what’s in your calendars, contacts, emails, photos, music, magazines, books, games, digital files, and much more across every one of your devices, seamlessly. And it will do all this wirelessly! No more plugging things in to your computer to get these files from one device  to another. 

Right now there are various ways to cobble all this functionality together using a number of different Apple and third party apps, software, and services, but it’s Apple’s intention that when this new, integrated software system launches in the Fall, you’ll need only one; theirs. 

There are a lot of wonderful things that you’ll be able to do, too many to articulate here, so if you want to learn more, here’s a link to Apple’s web site so you can watch videos and learn about them all on your own. All the information is linked right there from the front page.

From the looks of it, each will have its own launch date, but whenever something goes live, you can be sure that I’ll be here to tell you in easy to understand detail how it works, how to install it, and all the nifty things you’ll be able to do with it on all your devices.

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  1. So does this mean that my iMac, which started out as Tiger, was upgraded to Snow Leopard will also be able to upgrade to Lion? That the ipad 2 and the G4 iphone will both be able to upgrade too? Just want to be sure!

  2. Irene, yes, yes, and yes. Apple's making a big commitment to iCloud and want as many existing users to be able to access and use it. I'm already wanting some of those features, and can't wait!


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