Apple has released today details of its new iOS 5 operating system for mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads; announced the new Mac OS X Lion operating system for Macs; and explained how the new iCloud service works.
The new iOS 5 mobile operating system and iCloud service will be available in the autumn, while the new Lion OS will be available through the App Store in July.
The Apple iCloud service enable users to access all their content across any number of compatible iOS devices, by saving the content to the iCloud and wirelessly pushing it to all your devices.
As the content is saved on a third-party web-based server, users will be able to take a photo on their iPhone and then view it on their iPad, or even on their Apple TV.
The service is integrated with photos, iBooks, documents created using Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications, and even iTunes – among others.
Users of iTunes will be able to play music purchased through iTunes on multiple devices. Users will be able to select music they have purchased to be downloaded to individual devices, or set them to automatically download.
A subscription service called iTunes Match, which will initially be available only in the US, will also enable users to access music saved on their devices that wasn’t purchased through iTunes through iCloud, by matching the music with the same song saved on iTunes.
For photography, Apple is launching the Photo Stream service. This automatically saves any photos taken on an iOS device to the iCloud for 30 days. During that time the user can make permanent copies of the image to any of their iOS devices. The most recently taken 1,000 photos will also be automatically saved to the device they were taken on as well as the iCloud.
Beyond photos and music, users can save up to 5GB of data using iCloud. iCloud will become available with the update to iOS 5 in the autumn for no extra cost.
Apple Mac OS X Lion
According to Apple, the new Mac OS X Lion operating system brings more than 250 new features to Mac desktops and laptops.
The new features include multi-touch gesture control and full screen applications, so tool bars will disappear when the app is in use.
Opening an application will take you straight back to where you were in the app when it was closed down.
Apple believes that lost work will be less of a worry thanks to the autosave feature; furthermore, different versions of documents are saved when changes are made so previous versions can be revisited and copied from.
A new Air Drop feature will allow users to share documents in an easy way. Other users will be sent a notification when you drop a file into their folder, which they can then go and retrieve over a peer-to-peer wireless connection.
The new operating system has the App Store built in and has a redesigned emailing application, which allows users to see threaded communication alongside a timescale.
The Mac OS X Lion is an upgrade to Snow Leopard Mac OS version 10.6 and will be available directly through the app store for £20.99 next month.The upgrade requires 2GB of RAM and is compatible with Intel-based Macs with Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or a Xeon processor.
Apple iOS 5
Apple iOS 5 is the newest version of the operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.
The new version of the operating system includes less-intrusive notifications and new twitter integration.
When browsing the internet using Safari on an iOS device, users will be able to select the Safari Reader feature that strips out all the adverts.
When emailing, users will be able to use italics, bold and underlined text, access a dictionary and drag contacts’ names between the ‘To’, ‘CC’ and ‘BCC’ fields. A number of changes have also been made to the camera, including a shutter on the locked out screen, in app editing and control of the shutter using the volume button on the side of the device.
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