WWDC 2011 highlights OS X Lion, iOS 5, iCloud

WWDC 2011

Apple today announced Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud at WWDC 2011 Keynote.

OS X Lion offers more than 250 new features, including Multi-Touch gestures; systemwide support for full-screen apps; Mission Control, a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app. Mac OS X Lion will be available to customers in July as a download from the Mac App Store for only $29.99.

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Apple also previewed iOS 5, the operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS 5 is packed with over 200 new features with following highlights: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you send text messages, photos, and videos between all iOS 5 devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. And with iOS 5, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users can activate and set up new iOS devices right out of the box and get software updates over the air — no computer required. iOS will be available as a free software update to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users later this year.

Apple also introduced iCloud, a set of free new cloud services that work seamlessly with applications on user's iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC. Allowing users to automatically and wirelessly store user's content and push it to all user's devices.
iCloud services include new versions of Contact, Calendar, and Mail; iCloud Backup and Storage; Photo Stream; and iTunes in the Cloud. And for just $24.99 a year, iTunes Match will give you all of the benefits of iTunes in the Cloud for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes. iCloud will be available this fall, along with iOS 5. A free beta version of iTunes in the Cloud is available today in the U.S. and requires iTunes 10.3 and iOS 4.3.3.

The WWDC Keynote video is available online (stream)

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