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iOS 6 enhancements affecting the iPad

Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system, iOS6 is slated to launch to consumers this fall. Although development of iPhone features is constantly part of the process in designing operating systems for Apple devices, the enhancements affecting the iPad are quite extensive this time around. One of the hottest features of the new operating system is the availability of Siri, Apple’s voice response system, for iPad users. Previously, Siri was available only on the iPhone and although it will be limited to the new iPad, it likely to be a great feature for users. iPad users love integration. One of the new enhancements is Facebook integration throughout the operating system. iPad users will be able to quickly capture memories using the built-in camera and now those photos can be immediately shared on the user’s Facebook timeline. This is something that users have been asking for and it will definitely be a big plus for the iPad crowd. iCloud is one of the biggest attractors to people who prefer Apple devices. Though used primarily as a backup system for mobile devices, it will now provide iPad users with the option of creating a photo stream and sharing with other iPad users. The photo stream is completely customizable and can be shared with everyone on an Apple device or a limited select audience. FaceTime appeared on the scene a few years back, giving Apple users the opportunity to do video chat, taking advantage of front facing cameras on newer mobile devices. The one significant limitation was that users without a Wifi network could not use the service. iOS6 makes it possible for iPad users to take advantage of FaceTime over a 3G cellular network. This is a huge improvement for iPad users and it will add to the excitement of the... Read On

Retrospective of WWDC OSX Lion and the iCloud

With the recent WWDC finally wrapping up, we got a lot of new announcements from Apple. We were shown the new impressive features that are now built into Apple Mac OSX Lion. We were also introduced to a new service called the iCloud. The first major announcement was the developer version of Apple’s Mac OSX Lion. They were finally able to show all of the new features of the operating system. The new OS will support full-screen apps, Multi-Touch gestures, the Mac app store, and it will be optimized for the iCloud. Apple Mac OSX will also have Mission Control. Mission Control combines Expose, Dashboard, and your apps all into one program to allow for complete control over everything. The new operating system will also include Resume and Launchpad. However, the biggest new feature of Mac OSX Lion is the support for the Apple iCloud. The single biggest announcement from this year’s conference was the introduction of the Apple iCloud. The iCloud will redesign how we store and share data. The iCloud will save your apps, music, photos, documents, and anything else. Then it will push that data to all of your other devices. This is great for people who use multiple devices. It will also support using a PC to submit data to the cloud. The iCloud will also allow you to never worry about losing your music again. Once you purchase a song, the song is then saved to the cloud and pushed to all of your devices. Steve Jobs announced that they will be adding a new service called iTunes Match coming this fall. You will be able to trade in any music that you got from anywhere else, and Apple will give you the iTunes copy of it. You will need to pay $24.99 a... Read On

Apple’s iCloud and what it means for wireless data service | Signal Strength – CNET News

Apple iCloud according to CNET. It remains to be seen how and if multiple iTunes libraries can be combined… Will I be able to pass on my iTunes library to my heirs? http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20069490-266/apples-icloud-and-what-it-means-for-wireless-data-service/ Read On

Apple’s notice to Mobile Me members

Dear MobileMe member, We’d like to share some exciting news with you about iCloud — Apple’s upcoming cloud service, which stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to your devices. iCloud integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. Available this fall, iCloud is free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. What does this mean for you as a MobileMe member? When you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your MobileMe email address and move your mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service. Your MobileMe subscription will be automatically extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, MobileMe will no longer be available. When iCloud becomes available this fall, we will provide more details and instructions on how to make the move. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about iCloud. Read On

In Unusual Move, Apple Previews New Software Plans – NYTimes.com

This coverage sheds some light on the lack luster adoption of Mobile Me, and its new incarnation of the iCloud. What it fails to announce is the price of the new service. I believe that this price is slated as twenty-five dollars of year. If this is true, its clearly more palatable then their original price structure. What I would like to see is Apple placing all your purchases that they have on record from their customers onto the cloud free of charge. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/technology/01apple.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 Read On