iCloud resets could mean iOS 5 Gold Master release on September 22

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Apple is expected to release iOS 5 within weeks, and one of the main feature is its integration with Apple’s cloud based offering iCloud. It is safe to assume that Apple will release iOS 5 and iCloud together.

iOS 5 and iCloud is currently under beta testing by its developers. Apple in beginning of the week, announced to its developers that all test data in iCloud will be reset on September 22.

On Thursday, September 22, the iCloud Backup data will be reset. Backing up to iCloud or restoring from an iCloud backup will be unavailable from 9 AM PDT – 5 PM PDT. If you attempt a backup or restore during this time, you will receive an alert that the backup or restore was not successful. After this reset, you will be unable to restore from any backup created prior to September 22. A full backup will happen automatically the next time your device backs up to iCloud.

This is a significant milestone as it hints that iCloud will be reset to a state ready for live data. Which suggests that iOS 5 Gold Master (GM) release will arrive on September 22 or shortly after. A GM release normally precedes the final release. For past iOS release, a final release normally comes within 2 weeks of a GM release.

iOS 5 wireless update system software

Apple has just released iOS 5 beta 4 to its developers. New in this beta is the ability to update iOS itself over-the-air directly from Apple servers without the use of cables and iTunes. InsanelyGreatMac has posted a video to demo the upgrade process from iOS 5 beta 3 to iOS 5 beta 4 wirelessly. The best part of this new mechanism is only delta changes are delivered down to your iPhone for the upgrade, saving large amount of data and time.

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WWDC 2011 Keynote Summary

Apple has just concluded its WWDC 2011 keynote, with Steve Jobs heading the pack of Apple top brass presenting and demoing Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud. Here are the easy-to-digest summary of the event:

Mac OS X Lion

  • There are now over 54 million Mac users around the world. Year-over-year, PC growth has shrunk 1% while the Mac has grown 28%.
  • Mac OS X Lion has over 250 new features.
  • Multi-Touch Gestures: multi-touch gestures is fully baked into Mac OS X Lion and Mac notebooks.
  • Full screen application: it is now easier for developers to create full screen apps. A number of Apple app will have full-screen mode such as Safari, iMovie, iCal, iPhoto, Preview etc.
  • Mission Control: unify Expose and Spaces experience. Spaces can be create and destroy on the fly.
  • Mac App Store is now ahead of Best Buy, Walmart and Office Depot for buying Mac apps.
  • Mac App Store is build into Lion and will include In-app purchase and push notifications.
  • Mac App Store will include delta upgrade to make app updates faster.
  • Launchpad: launching app in iOS style. And you can create folder similar to iOS.
  • Resume: Lion will brings the app right back to where you left off. It works system wide.
  • Auto Save: Lion will automatically save the document for you without you having to do anything. Only the delta changes are saved. The control is at a drop down menu of the document title on the menu bar. You can create snapshots and duplicate document as well from the same menu.
  • Versions: Automatically save versions of your document as you’re working.
  • AirDrop: it is peer-to-peer sharing to replace using a USB thumb drive for file sharing. Auto discovery with no setup required. There is new option in FInder to see people using AirDrop around you.
  • Mail: a completely new version of Mail in Lion. Favorites bar, new search suggestions, new conversation view.
  • Lion Server add-on: server apps you can buy to run on top of Lion.
  • Safari Reading List: read-later feature build into Safari.
  • New Windows Migration tool.
  • There are over 3,000 new API in Mac OS X Lion.
  • Mac OS X Lion will only be available in the Mac App Store. No more disc. It’s a 4GB download with no reboots. You can use it on all your authorized Macs. Upgrade is $29.99. Available in July.

iOS 5

  • There are over 1,500 new APIs. 200 new user features. 10 key features.
  • Notification Center: access by swiping down from the top. Notifications no more interrupting. If you are playing game or using an app, notification appear on top and goes away after a moment. Missed notifications also appear on the lock screen.
  • Newsstand: integrates all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Appear on home screen as newsstand. New issues are automatically downloaded in the background and available offline.
  • Twitter: integrated Twitter. Configure Twitter account via Settings. Contacts integration. Many build-in apps such as Camera and Photos integrate with Twitter, Tweet articles from Safari, locations from Maps.
  • Safari: Safari Reader for clean reading similar to Safari on Mac. Email web content, not just the link. Reading List for read later. Tabbed browsing.
  • Reminders: store list of todos and setup location for reminders. Integrate with Calendar.
  • Camera: camera icon on lock screen. Tap to launch camera app. Can use volume-up button to take picture. AE/AF Lock. Pinch to zoom. Edit photo: crop, rotate, reduce red-eye.
  • Mail: Rich-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses, flag messages, search entire message, S/MIME support.
  • Build-in dictionary for all iOS app.
  • iPad split keyboard: You can split the keyboard into half by swiping the keyboard up.
  • PC Free. No more cable and PC needed to start using iOS devices. Software updates are OTA (Over The Air). You can create and delete calendars and mailboxes from within iOS.
  • Game Center: Achievement points. Friend discovery. Friends of friends. Game discovery. Turn-based games.
  • iMessage: new messaging service between all iOS users, regardless of device. Supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and even group messaging. Works over WiFi or 3G.
  • AirPlay mirroring. Mirror entire iPad to your TV wirelessly.
  • iOS devices can sync with iTunes on your Mac/PC wireless over WiFi.
  • New multi-tasking gestures to flick between apps.
  • Others: Emoji, new iPad music app, hourly weather forecasts, personal dictionary, typing shortcuts.
  • Developers get a beta today. iOS 5 to be available this fall. Supports iPhone 3GS and above, iPad and iPad 2, and third and fourth generation of iPod touch.

iCloud

  • iCLoud stores your content, and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. Integrated with your apps, so everything happens automatically.
  • MobileMe Contacts, Calendar and Mail rewrites from ground up for iCloud.
  • Calendar Sharing is new.
  • Get an @me.com account and all new messages pushed to all your devices. No ads.
  • iCloud will be free.
  • App Store will be integrated with iCloud. Can see all purchases on all your devices. New download from cloud button on App Store app.
  • iBookstore will be integrated with iCloud.
  • Automatic daily backups to iCloud over WiFi: purchased music, apps, books, photos, videos, device settings, app data.
  • Documents in the Cloud: Pages, Numbers and Keynote will integrated with iCloud.
  • There will be iCloud Storage APIs for developers to tie in their own apps. Full documents or just key value pairs data. Available for Mac, iOS and PC.
  • Photo Stream:  any photos taken on any devices are pushed to the cloud and then sent to the other devices automatically. Within Photos app as a separate album. Available on PC and AppleTV as well. Photo Stream will hold 1,000 photos for 30 days.
  • iTunes in the Cloud: anything you purchased can be downloaded to any of your devices (up to 10) at no additional charges. Music is 256kbps AAC. Automatic download new purchases. New Purchased tab in iTunes app.
  • Each user get 5GB storage free. This 5GB excludes Photo Stream, purchased music, apps and books.
  • iCloud will ship together with iOS 5 this fall. It will be available for iOS 4.3 as well.
  • iCloud is available today in iOS 4.3 beta for developers.
  • iTunes Match: for songs you ripped and you want it in iCloud. Software will scan your iTunes and match it up with songs in iTunes store. Take minutes. There is no upload.
  • iTunes Match costs $24.99 per year. Anything that is matched is upgraded to 256kbps AAC without DRM. Songs that can’t match will be uploaded.

Steve Jobs to present WWDC keynote Monday June 6 on Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud

Apple has issued a press release announcing that Steve Jobs will be presenting the keynote come this Monday June 6 at WWDC. Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud (the follow-up to MobileMe) will be detailed. All three products are rumored to debut on WWDC and Apple silenced the rumor mill in one clean stroke. This is a rare move by Apple PR to announce yet unreleased products, especially iCloud. If your MobileMe account has just expired, it’s best to wait for any iCloud announcement next week. Many are hopeful that some part of iCloud will be offered free.

Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

Apple Press Release

WWDC 2011 promises preview of future of iOS and Mac OS X

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Apple announced the detail for its annual event for developers. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2011 will be held at Moscone Center in San Francisco from June 6 – 10.

The tagline for WWDC 2011 is “Join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X”. This is unlike last year’s event where the focus was solely on iOS. Apple is expected to unveil more detail to its developers for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5, in order for developers to get their apps ready for the launch.

Apple has released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion on February 24. Mac OS X Lion is scheduled to release in the summer. Apple is likely to unveil a feature complete Mac OS X Lion during WWDC.

For the past major releases of iOS, Apple typically held its developer preview during March/April and release it right after WWDC together with the launch of a new iPhone. This year will be a break of this release pattern. iPhone 5 is now expected to release in June without a new major iOS release. iOS 5 is rumored to be cloud based and contains major changes, and is predicted to release during fall.

“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

WWDC conference ticket is on sale now for the price of $1,599. Judging from past years’ trends, the event will be sold out pretty quickly. Visit the Apple WWDC site below to buy the conference ticket.

Update: The event is sold out in less than 12 hours. For last year, it took 8 days.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011