Apple has announced in May that it will have its three data centers be "coal free" by the end of 2013. Greenpeace liked the commitment, so it bumped Apple's Infrastructure Siting score from an "F" to a "D," noting that it cannot score Apple higher until it has a long-term infrastructure siting policy in place that will guarantee responsible energy choices in the future.
The long-awaited iOS 5 is now out, part and parcel with a bunch of neato new features. There seemed to be a lot of people who were sort of bummed out by the whole iPhone 4S thing, so now there's something to perk you up a little, you and the rest of us who are still using outdated hardware. The perks include, but are not limited to:
- A completely revamped notifications system
- iCloud, which allows for things like Wi-Fi sync
- iMessage, a free alternative to text-messaging
- Direct Twitter integration
- and much much more
This afternoon, Apple announced the iPhone 4S, the latest addition to the iPhone family. Focused on performance upgrades and incredible new software, the announcement defied the expectations of just about everyone and did not roll out at an iPhone 5. The new phones will be on sale on October 14th, presale on October 7th, for Verizon, AT&T, and newcomer Sprint. The 4S will come in three sizes: 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB retailing for $399, $299, and $199, respectively. iPhone 3Gs will continue to be sold, now free with an AT&T contract, as well as the original iPhone 4 for $99. Though there wasn't an iPhone 5, Apple did roll out a slew of improvements in the 4S, including an all new voice command system called Siri.
Despite the breathless coverage we, and other outlets, have provided for iCloud, there were other things talked about during today WWDC 2011 keynote speech. Today, Apple outlined some key features we can expect to see in OS X Lion and iOS 5. Though iCloud will bridge iOS and OS X devices, those platforms are seeing some major changes in their own right. Read on after the break to see what changes we can expect in the latest versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems.
Steve Jobs and his buddies at Apple have just wound up their keynote presentation at WWDC 2011. The legendary Reality Distortion Field was at full power today as many new features were announced for the Mac Lion OS and iOS 5. Perhaps the most anticipated portion of today's precedings was the announcement of iCloud, Apple's new cloud service. Jobs prefaced the iCloud announcement by saying that the tech landscape has moved into a post-PC world. From now on, he said, Apple will consider the computer as just another device -- the same as an iPad or an iPhone. iCloud will take the place of the computer at the center of the so-called "digital lifestyle," moving all our valuable data seamlessly between the devices we used to access it. Jobs stressed that iCloud is not an online drive for storage, but outlined a system that pushes and pulls data between all devices, including computers. The phrase Jobs echoed throughout the entire announcement was, "it just works." These features are intended to be seamless and fully integrated, so new users will have no problem picking them up, and existing users won't have to adapt to them. Read on below, for a look at we can expect with iCloud.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is upon us, and while the event lasts until the end of this week, Apple has mercifully spared us the anticipation by kicking WWDC 2011 off with a keynote about which a lot of people are pretty excited. Though the word on the street is that there almost certainly will not be an iPhone 5/iPhone 4GS reveal today, we do know that Apple will be talking about iOS5, Mac OS X Lion (this is, after all, a developers' conference, and developers need to know about the operating systems they're working with), and, most intriguingly for many, iCloud. Everything is speculative at this point, but the great hope for iCloud, as elucidated by John Gruber, is that it won't be the new MobileMe, but rather the new iTunes: That is, that with iCloud, the previous model of PC-as-central-media-hub for Apple users will shift to "should shift to the cloud. iTunes, the desktop app, currently syncs the following things with iOS devices: audio, movies and TV shows, iBooks e-books, App Store apps, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, and any sort of files shared between iOS apps. All of these things would be better served syncing over-the-air via the so-called cloud." Will it live up to that? Well, it's silly at this point to write more speculative blog posts about it; just tune into the keynote at 1pm ET/10am PT to find out. As for that: As of posting, Apple has not yet made a live video stream available for the event, and it's very possible that it won't at all. But that doesn't mean that you can't follow WWDC 2011 as it happens:
This morning, Apple put out a press release detailing some of what we'll see at WWDC 2011, the developers' conference which will take place from June 6 through June 10. While the iPhone 4 was announced at WWDC 2010, at this point, it's being taken as gospel in the tech press that we will not see an iPhone 5/iPhone 4GS/whatever you want to call the next-gen iPhone at this year's WWDC, and will have to wait for a late summer or fall reveal. But there's still some potentially interesting stuff in store:
CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—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.The OS X Lion and iOS demos aren't particularly surprising, since this is after all a developers' conference, and developers need to know something about the operating systems they're working with to build much of anything useful. The big question mark, though, is iCloud: Though its existence has been rumored for a long time, as Wired's Charlie Sorrel points out, it is highly unusual for Apple to preannounce a product release. So what will we get? Streaming iTunes (finally), DropBox killer, or something else entirely? (Apple via Wired)