No, I’m not there. As of the time of this writing (9:30am WWDC time), the energy is palatable for this year’s event even 600 miles north of San Francisco (one of my all time favorite places to be) up in Portland.
We already know that Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) will be “announced” (it already really has been, just not the minutia), iOS 5 (same…it exists, no real details), and iCloud (more heavily covered…ie streaming music and a music locker, but free MobileMe services too?). What we don’t yet know is what the “Just one more thing…” is all about.
We know there is something afoot due to this image taken inside Moscone West this morning: (image no longer available)
I originally speculated with @CocoaGeek that this might just be the banners seen already that read “Lion + iOS 5 + iCloud = WWDC11″. However, as @CocoaGeek correctly pointed out to me, this doesn’t make a lot of sense since those have already been announced, even if no details have been given.
So, at 10:00 am (WWDC time) we’ll begin to know that all this is about. All I know is that 2011/2012 is going to be very, very good years to be an Apple developer.
Will update as more information flows in….
10:00 am update…
Mac OS X Lion “announced’ along with 10 new features (out of a claimed 250) being showcased:
- Multitouch gestures with trackpads
- Full screen apps (meant for smaller screen laptops/devices)
- Mission Control (kind of like Exposé + Spaces). A simple gesture gives you a bird’s eye view of everything on your system.
- Missed this one…will add it once I can get the skinny on it. Ah, I guess it was the Mac App Store. Nothing terribly new, other than it has become the number one channel for buying PC software.
- Launchpad, a new launcher a’la iOS Springboard for the Mac OS. Apparently also employs a sandboxing scheme.
- Resume (Nice!) allows you to return to the exact state of the app and its documents
- Auto Save (enough said)
- Versions… version control for everyone (I wonder if it is based on Git? ). Time Machine for all your documents. Who doesn’t want/need that?
- AirDrop (Yes!) peer-to-peer WiFi based network (what?! No bluetooth love!?)
- Mail.app with updated UI and other enhancements.
Available only via the Mac App Store, and only $29.99!! Wow!
10:34 am update…
OK, that’s the 10 features they chose to show-case. Looking forward to hearing what is in iOS 5. iCloud being saved for last, so I expect great things. Plus, don’t forget our “One last thing…”
iOS 5 Top 10:
- Notifications. Yes! This was a mess and very intrusive. Now can swipe down from top to see current list of notifications.
- Newsstand, iBookstore for magazine and newspaper publishers. Nice idea. I wonder how many Indie developers this impacted?
- Twitter integration! OK, wow. Explains a few moves made by Twitter over the past few months, particularly with authentication and third-party app support. Again, how does this impact the Indies?
- Safari (updated). Reader support (as can be found in Safari 5 for Mac), very nice. Reading List, for saving for later. Tabbed browsing, on the iPad anyhow (Excellent!).
- Reminders (Hmmmm… Wooly Tasks killer I think). Lots of interesting features that I had also thought of adding, but Apple has 1000s of more engineering resources than I do, so they beat me to the punch. Ah, the nature of the business. We’ll see.
- Camera (updates). Lots of enhancements, mostly in making taking a picture faster and easier. Using the up volume button to take a picture will be really nice. Rule-of-thirds guides. Built-in editing of photos.
- Mail (updates). More composing and editing options, in particular, rich-text formatting (YES!). Introducing a new keyboard layout that is thumb-centric and available system-wide.
- PC Free…no more tethering!
- Game Center
- iMessage, new messaging service for all iOS devices. Yay! iChat for iOS
iTunes syncing wirelessly.
Available Fall 2011.
11:20 am Update…
iCloud. The Digital Hub that Steve Jobs talked about in 2001 has now moved to “the clouds”. iCloud stores your content “in the cloud” and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices.
MobileMe “wasn’t our finest hour”, but “we learned a lot”. MobileMe is dead. iCloud will subsume all the services of MobileMe, but everything is rewritten from the ground up, and the best news of all…
iCloud is invisibly integrated into apps that need synching of data, such as Mail, Contacts, Calendar, etc. Wireless back-up (a’la “PC Free” feature above). Also backup purchase of iBooks, music, apps, camera roll (on iPhone), etc.
iCloud also has a feature called “Documents in the Cloud” for syncing Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents. For developers, there will be an iCloud Storage API. And, it will work with PCs as well.
iCloud allows photos taken on your iPhone to automatically be synched onto your iPad. No more needing to tether, sync, sync, sync, … Up to 1000 images stored on your iOS devices, and anything you want to permanently keep, you just need to move into an album. Photos remain for 30 days, so grab them or lose them. There is a Push Photo Stream builtin to camera rolls which is where the syncing takes place.
iCloud is WiFi only due to immense amount of data being pushed. When carriers can reliably offer 4G or greater, then I’m sure it will move to the celluar network.
Finally, there is now iTunes in the Cloud. Buy a song, sync with all devices, automatically.
10:50 am update…
Just in time for “One more thing…”
iTunes Match. For those songs that you ripped from your personal CDs. iTunes will scan your music for non-iTunes purchased music, and voila, your songs are automatically in the cloud. No uploading needed, if they already exist in the iTunes Store. For the rest, they are uploaded. This is the rumored “Music Locker”, and it costs $25 a year (but if you had MobileMe, you still $74 ahead).