"It just works" is the goal of Apple's new cloud based hosting service. All of your info and media can be synced across all devices, iOS and Mac. That info can include contacts, calendars... and even apps and iBooks! And with Documents in the Cloud, even your work content, like Pages, Numbers and Keynote, can be shared! And developers can integrate the cloud into their apps. Plus PCs can participate, too! PhotoStream does the same for photos. And photos can be viewed instantly on your other iOS devices, iPhoto on your mac or even on an Apple TV! This is like my digital camera with Eye-Fi, an SD card with wifi built in.
At WWDC, big news for me, as an iPhone app developer, was iOS 5. First, they announced that 200 million iOS devices have been sold! Here's what's new:
Notification Center addresses the concern many users had. Just swipe down at anytime and see all missed calls, text messages, stocks, weather and app notificactions. And notifications will no longer interrupt your app!
Steve Jobs kicked things off, to wild enthusiasm from the subset of the 5,200 attendees who could squeeze in to the Keynote room.
The mad rush to the keynote presentation has begun! I'll be live blogging right here, so check back often!
Here at WWDC the speculation re a new iPhone just got a boost, as Walmart announced a $50 discount on the iPhone 4. Their website shows the model as out of stock, and $197, but I just received a press release announcing the $147 price so stay tuned!
WWDC doesn't open for a few hours still but the crowds have formed and one gadget is already getting deserved attention.
The iStick is a prototype of a remote controlled Segway for your iPad! Taptic Toys
built the two wheeled 'stand' that, like a Segway, maintains its balance automagically.
We are here at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference and looking forward to five days chock full of information and a little entertainment. Watch this website for keynote news including a potential new iPhone if the latest rumors are true! In the meantime, enjoy these photos!
While I try to write about iOS items exclusively, it stands to reason that a lot of you have Mac products as well, and you probably like docking your iPhone. So have you ever wished you could reduce clutter and dock your MacBook? I have been using the HengeDock to dock my MacBook Pro 13" for quite a while now, and it's been a pleasure. My desk is cleaner, I use a 23" monitor, nice solid external keyboard and Apple's Magic Mouse. I rarely remove it from the dock unless I need to do a presentation and the iPad won't cut it. Even now, I only took my iPad 2 to San Francisco for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference... I'm typing this on my iPad in fact!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am preparing for my trip to Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference in San Francisco, so I am trying to decide on which gadgets will make the cut to travel with me. Right now, I am choosing a case for my iPad 2. Here are my requirements: The case should offer protection for the heavy use expected over the next week. Since literally thousands of fellow developers will be there with their iPads, it should be distinctive so I don't lose my iPad in a crowd. It should have a stand so I can use my Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard for extended typing sessions. And finally it shouldn't add too much bulk or weight as I'm trying to travel light.
Scosche is one of those rare accessory companies that thinks up new items you didn't know you needed. They also tend to build a better mousetrap such that you don't want to go back to the old one. As I pack and prepare for the cross-country trip to Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, I'm trying to pack light. No MacBook, just my iPad 2. I'll bring my Apple wireless keyboard, for lengthy typing sessions, but that's about it. The iPad's ten hours should suffice, pending nightly recharges, but to be safe I'm bringing the following Scosche gadgets: