Apple iCloud announced for free, replaces MobileMe

By on June 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM.

Apple iCloud announced for free, replaces MobileMe

Steve Jobs took the stage at WWDC 2011 to talk about Apple’s iCloud service: “Keeping these devices in sync is driving us crazy,” Jobs said as he prepared to introduce the major new service. “We’ve got a great solution to this problem. We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device. We’re going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud.” iCloud will store all of your content and automatically push it to all of your devices. It’s integrated with all of your apps, and everything is seamless. MobileMe is out, and iCloud is going to be free — amazing! Hit the jump for more. More →

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Apple iOS 5 is a monster: new notifications, News Stand, Twitter, iMessage, more!

By on June 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM.

Apple iOS 5 is a monster: new notifications, News Stand, Twitter, iMessage, more!

Apple SVP of iOS Scott Forstall just made Apple’s iOS 5 official, and it’s a serious update. Over 200 new features and 1,500 new APIs, but that’s not the most exciting part. We’re talking about redone notifications with Notification Center, a place to combine all notifications; Newsstand, which will automatically download the latest issues of your favorite subscription newspaper and magazines; deep Twitter integration including a system-level sign-on, Tweeting from Photos app and Safari, Twitter contact syncing; and even tabbed-browsing in Safari (finally!). Hit the break for more. More →

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Over 200 million iOS devices sold, 25 million iPads

By on June 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM.

Over 200 million iOS devices sold, 25 million iPads

Apple just confirmed during WWDC 2011 that it has sold 200 million iOS devices to date, including 25 million iPads. The iTunes store has also sold 15 billion songs and Apple has paid out over $2.5 billion to App Store developers. In addition, users have downloaded a total of 14 billion applications from the iTunes App Store — including 90,000 iPad apps — and 130 million downloads from the iBookstore.

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Live from Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote with Steve Jobs!

By on June 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM.

Live from Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote with Steve Jobs!

Welcome one and all to BGR’s live coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote! Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on hand to unveil the latest Apple has to offer, and we’re expecting a huge event despite the fact that Apple is not expected to reveal a new iPhone model at the show this year. Instead, Apple will focus on software, with the big addition being the company’s new iCloud service. Apple will also show off more OS X Lion details during the keynote, but we have to admit: we’re much more anxious to see Apple show off iOS 5 for the first time. We think iOS 5 is going to be the most significant update to the platform since Apple introduced the App Store alongside iOS 2.0. A completely rebuilt notification system, basic widget functionality, a new automatic app update delivery mechanism and deep social integration are among the changes we’ll be looking for, but we’re certain that Apple has a few surprises up its sleeve as well. Hit the break for our live coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote for the latest updates! More →

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What to expect at WWDC 2011

By on June 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM.

What to expect at WWDC 2011

Today is the day that Apple CEO Steve Jobs and other executives will unveil the next advancements out of the industry’s leading innovator at WWDC 2011. While Apple has already announced that the company will be talking about three different main products — iOS 5, iCloud, and Mac OS X Lion — the fact is, Apple once again could possibly change (and influence) the entire way we use computers and mobile devices. Let’s look at iCloud, for example: if Apple is able to transition the device-centric approach to how we work with information and apps to a task-centric approach where the PowerPoint presentation you’re working on is what matters, and not what computer or tablet or smartphone you’re editing it from, that in itself a huge move forward in computing. Other companies have been trying to accomplish this for years, but we having a feeling that Apple is about to show us the beginnings of something so seamless, it really could find mass adoption, unlike most current solutions. Add in music, photos, videos, and your documents, and you should be able to pick up any computer or device and have access to all of your information and data from wherever you are. Coupled with a rumored Airport Extreme and TimeCapsule refresh in which the devices will run iOS and a feature an A4 or A5 processor, and all of your data could sit on one of your own devices and it would use your own internet connection to serve up your files directly to you. Lastly, what if iCloud allowed you to just walk up to any iOS or Mac computer and let you sign in, sit down, and practically act as if though it was your device or computer? What if Apple then implements this using NFC in the next iPhone — just place your iDevice next to a Mac computer, and it will instantly be transformed into your computer. Hit the break for more! More →

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Is this how iOS 5 notifications will look and work?

By on June 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM.

Is this how iOS 5 notifications will look and work?

We’re only a couple hours away from finding out, but a photo has been making the rounds depicting what some are claiming to be part of the enhanced notifications UI in iOS 5. As you can see the in the photo, Twitter mentions are displayed on a second bar below the status bar, much like how Apple displays tethering or background voice calling. The question is, if the photo is indeed real, does tapping on the status bar then bring you to a page with all of your unread notifications? Is there an Android style drop-down panel? TechCrunch, which originally published the photo, says at the very least it has been told the photo is the “right idea,” even if it is not authentic. We’ll know in under two hours and we’ll be covering WWDC 2011 live.

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We’re live from WWDC 2011!

By on June 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

We’re live from WWDC 2011!

BGR has landed on the left coast to bring you live coverage of one of the most anticipated tech events of the year: Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2011 keynote. Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be on hand with the usual suspects at his side to give the world its first look at the future of Apple software. In uncharacteristic fashion, Apple let the cat out of the bag ahead of the show this year — well, part of the cat, at least — so we know we’re in store for some goodies surrounding iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and of course, iCloud. We’re sure the crew from Cupertino has a few surprises up its sleeve, of course, so be sure to tune in for all the latest news as it breaks.

Bookmark this link and make sure to head there for our live coverage of Steve Jobs’ keynote! Coverage starts at or around 12:30 p.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT.

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Tune in to our WWDC 2011 live coverage from San Francisco on Monday at 9:30AM PDT

By on June 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM.

Tune in to our WWDC 2011 live coverage from San Francisco on Monday at 9:30AM PDT

That’s right, we’ll be at Moscone in downtown San Francisco on Monday covering Apple’s annual WWDC conference live! Apple already tipped its hat as to what Steve Jobs and co. will be speaking on, but let’s not kid ourselves… it’s sure to be the biggest WWDC keynote in recent years. Mac OS X Lion 10.7 will be shown, iOS 5 will be revealed for the first time — most likely with major, major changes — and Apple’s iCloud service will make its debut among other announcements. Make sure to follow along with our liveblog starting around 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT on Monday at the address below (it won’t be live until then!).

Live from Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote with Steve Jobs!

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Steve Jobs to give WWDC 2011 keynote [Update]

By on May 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM.

Steve Jobs to give WWDC 2011 keynote [Update]

Steve Jobs will give the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in San Francisco on June 7th, despite currently being on medical leave from the company. We expect that he’ll discuss Lion, the new iOS 5 operating system, and more. We’ll be reporting live from the event, which will be held at Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s a little bit curious that news of Steve Jobs broke during the Microsoft Windows Phone Mango event.

UPDATE: GigaOm, the source of this report, has updated its post explaining that it accidentally reported information from last year’s WWDC press release thinking it was new. Apple has not announced that Steve Jobs will be at this year’s WWDC keynote. More →

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Major iOS, Mac OS announcements coming at WWDC, analyst claims

By on May 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Major iOS, Mac OS announcements coming at WWDC, analyst claims

Following a meeting with high-ranking executives at Apple, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty came away with a very positive outlook on Apple’s near term future. In a note to investors on Thursday, Huberty stated her “increasing confidence” in the company and said Apple stock could soon reach $540. Huberty isn’t quite as enthusiastic as Formula Capital’s James Altucher, but her recent positions on Apple are a marked change from her stances a few years ago when she repeatedly lowered her price targets on Apple stock and consistently missed the mark ahead of Apple’s earnings reports. Fast forward to today, and Huberty is very bullish on Apple along with just about every other analyst on Wall Street. Outside of the numbers game, however, Huberty noted that Apple would be making some major software announcements at Worldwide Developer Conference next month. Apple sees its product cycles as being software driven as opposed to hardware driven, the analyst noted, writing that major iOS and Mac OS updates would drive sales even if Apple doesn’t introduce a new iPhone this summer. Huberty also noted that Apple may release an iPhone at a lower price point in the next two years, though many analysts believe the monthly cost of data plans required with Apple’s iPhone could be more prohibitive than the cost of the device itself.

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Apple to focus on iOS, Mac OS at WWDC; no iPhone 5 announcement?

By on March 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM.

Apple to focus on iOS, Mac OS at WWDC; no iPhone 5 announcement?

Earlier today, Apple announced that it will be holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference from June 6th to June 10th in San Francisco where it said that it will “unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS.” That suggests that Apple may stray from its usual schedule of announcing an updated iPhone during the show each year. “You get caught up in patterns, and it holds true, until it doesn’t,” Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Gartner, told The Loop. “There is no reason for Apple to follow a predictable yearly pattern, and it keeps their competition off guard a little bit.” We’ll be honest, it would be pretty disappointing to many Apple fans if this deviation was true, but we’re skeptical. It makes perfect sense for Apple to announce the new hardware alongside an updated iOS platform with developers in the room. Why stray from what works? More →

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Apple schedules WWDC 2011 for June 6th in San Francisco

By on March 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM.

Apple schedules WWDC 2011 for June 6th in San Francisco

In a post on its official news site today, Apple announced that this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 6th through the 10th at San Francisco’s Moscone West conference center. The software-centric, annual event provides developers and enthusiasts a glimpse at what the Cupertino company’s software roadmap looks like. “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.” Interested parties can purchase tickets from Apple’s developer website. More →

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Apple may hold WWDC 2011 from June 5th through June 9th

By on February 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM.

Apple may hold WWDC 2011 from June 5th through June 9th

Apple may hold its annual Worldwide Developer Conference event from June 5th through June 9th this year in San Francisco, according to a report on Monday. Italian blog Setteb.it has uncovered a placeholder in the event schedule for the Moscone Center convention hall — home of Apple’s WWDC show — that certainly fits the bill. Designated by “Corporate Meeting,” the mysterious event falls in the appropriate time frame for Apple’s annual event and no other listing on the schedule would work for WWDC. Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhone at WWDC 2011, which should go on sale  later in the month or in early July. The company will also likely show off the next major version of the iOS platform. More →

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