What happened today at Apple’s Developer Conference

With today’s announcement Apple has further re-enforced the notion that we are living in a “Post PC” era.  The Mac is slowly becoming a “dumb terminal” for the iPad and iPhone.  Some notes I took from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

MobileMe has been re-branded as iCloud (iTunes in the Cloud) and offers the following for FREE:

  • Email, Calendar, Address Book, Photo etc sync via cloud
  • Everything will back up to the cloud daily, including purchased music, apps, books, your camera roll, device settings and app data.
  • Streaming any iTunes content you purchased to any iOS device you own.
  • For $24.95 you can stream your entire iTunes music library, even stuff you bought elsewhere, to any iOS device.  iTunes does not upload your music to the cloud.  It simply uploads a database list of what items you have.
  • Everyone gets 5 gigabytes of memory; this is NOT counting purchased apps, music or books, and not counting Photostream either. iCloud is available today for developers, and a beta version is available today for everyone else as well. The final version will be shipping with iOS 5 in the fall.
  • Automatically uploads documents from iWork — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — stores them in the cloud and then pushes them to all your relevant devices.

iOS 5

  • Wi-Fi sync with iTunes.  No cable needed.
  • Purchase app on one iOS device and have it installed over the air to other iOS device you own
  • Photostream
    • Photos you take will automatically sync to all devices, including your Mac.
  • Automatically uploads documents from iWork — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — stores them in the cloud and then pushes them to all your relevant devices.
  • Twitter integrated directly into the OS.  Yay, a step forward for social media.

Mac OS X – Lion

  • Will be sold exclusively through the Mac App Store (sorry Tiger and Leopard users. Time to upgrade).
  • Mail and Address Book has been redesigned with a look and feel like Mail on iPad.AutoSave
  • OS X will remember will save your app state and remember where you were in an app even if you reboot.  Just like on the iPad.

Khürt Williams

Khürt Williams is Principal for Monkey Hill, LLC, a Skillman, New Jersey based information security governance, risk and compliance consultancy. He's also an avid landscape photographer, and *nix geek.