Mac OSX Lion –
The presentation on Mac OSX Lion was extremely similar to the last one, something that I found interesting and will probably end up owning but it wasn’t something that actually excited me. In fact it was pretty boring as it was almost exactly the same as the last keynote.
Yes all the new features are cool, yes it’s great that I can download it from the Mac App store. Couldn’t care less about the Mail.app, the one I’ve got is good enough and after recently unifying all my emails to Gmail, I’m going to be using it less anyway. That was one of the few things I had not seen before that was in today’s conference.
What I’m hoping for most is a speed boost as my MacBook Pro is being incredibly slow lately although I’ll probably buy a new one in the next few months when Lions actually pre-installed.
This was better, although still not as exciting as last years it would seem, or maybe I’m just bored of hearing about features that should of been implemented a long time ago.
The notification system has been updated, I didn’t realize how much this needed doing until recently. It’s looking promising, although, it’s actually the same as an app that has been available on jailbroken devices for absolutely ages and news has been going round recently about how the developer of the non-apple version, was employed by Apple.
So that’s great, the photo app has also had a slight update with editing and the use of the volume + button as shutter button. There is also quick access to the camera from the home screen which is a welcome addition. The photo app as well as other have had deep twitter integration added which as an avid tweeter, I will probably end up using here and there.
Going PC-free doesn’t bother me, I’m sure it’s welcome to some people who want a phone and a PC as separate entities but I don’t really care. I like having my stuff across devices and my PC as a central hub for my media. That said Wifi syncing is great. Another thing that I’d be able to do on a jailbroken device anyway and since I use Spotify and music was the main reason for syncing it’s not that helpful but backups and app syncing is great. The other PC-free thing that is great is over-the-air updates. iOS has needed this for a long time and Apple have also decided to only update the bits of iOS that need updating rather than have to download a huge file each time you update.
The final thing that Apple announced with iOS5 was iMessage. It’s sort of BBM for iOS devices. Now I would of thought this was great but I can only name two or three people who I can actually FaceTime or actually contact via Apple exclusive methods at the moment and with the price of iPhones this isn’t going to change any time soon. It’s trying to be Whatsapp but lacks the benefits of being cross platform. Whatsapp works incredibly well because it’s on Blackberry, Android and iOS.
The main thing that really annoyed me about iOS5? It’s not going to be released until fall! It’s not what I expect from Apple, they usually do it instantly or straight after the conference or at least within the month!
iCloud is full of great ideas, but nothing anyone expected. We all expected Apple to bring out a Spotify competitor but instead the came out with a series of souped up syncing services. Something that’s fantastic if you want to have every single one of your services with Apple. I don’t get all my music from Apple, so apparently I should apply for the ¢25 a year service in which they try and match my iTunes songs that aren’t purchased from Apple, with songs on Apple’s servers so that I can put them on all my Apple devices or on a PC. No thanks. I’ll stick with Spotify.
There was also document syncing, no good to me as I don’t use Apple’s productivity suite, I use the worldwide standard, Microsoft Office. One great thing to come from iCloud that all the developers were shocked at is that they are releasing the API’s to it so that they can make use of Apple’s new super-sync services.
Contact, Calendar and Photo Sync are great but not really necessary for me as I don’t operate devices that constantly have to be updated with the information and when I do is all I have to do is sync (which has now been made easier with wifi sync)
So all in all, it wasn’t a great WWDC, there have been better and being the first in years without an iPhone announcement it was sort of killed. Will just have to wait and see what happens in September now because I’m due an upgrade on my contract and I like the idea of having a new shiny phone, even if I have only just bought an iPhone 4.