Apple Gets Ready to Launch: Part II – iCloud and OS X Lion

This is the sequel to ‘Apple Gets Ready to Launch: Part I – iOS 5’, so click that title to check out Part I. If you’ve already checked that out, here’s the rest of the post!

The other two things that were ‘unveiled’ at the WWDC 2011 were the ‘iCloud’ and the Mac OS X Lion. 

The iCloud part of the post won’t be as long, as I don’t have that much background information on it compared to iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, furthermore, I lack internet connectivity as I’m writing this on a plane (which has now passed Poland and entered German airspace). The iCloud is something like the ‘Cloud System’ (unsure if that’s the correct name for it) that’s used by Google. The basic idea of iCloud is to eradicate (well, not exactly eradicate, but lessen the dependency of) solid hard disks, and instead use the Internet (which is the thing referred to as ‘cloud’) to store documents, files, and anything else that would be on a normal hard drive. What’s the good part of having a ‘hard disk’ on the web? The good thing would be that all your devices (which should range from desktops to laptops to other iDevices) can access the files, since it would have one, big, unified storage area. Whether the idea will prove to be a success, time will only tell when Apple officially launches the ‘program’ as you may call it. However, I am doubtful whether storing documents on the web is a good thing if people lack Internet connectivity, such as when on a plane (that’s my case) or if people have extremely slow Internet connectivity (also my case).

Now to the highlight of the WWDC 2011 as some people might call it, was the ‘status update’ regarding the progress of developing OS X Lion. If I am not mistaken, in the second semester of last year, Apple officially unveiled its project of developing OS X Lion. Now, its release date has been officially announced (which is Fall 2011 – still not very precise). OS X Lion is different from the previous OS’ released from Apple. The reason is that OS X Lion supposedly incorporates the advantages of the iPad into the computer via track pad, instead of having a vertical touch screen computer, which would be an extreme hassle. In side the OS X Lion ‘package’ there are some features that include Launch Pad, Mission Control, and new multi-touch gestures. Launch Pad is like the home screens of the iDevices; now even laptops can have applications neatly organized into files or into specific positions, for easy access. Mission control is like the update of ‘expose’, since it is a way to see what windows are open. When I have internet connectivity, I shall provide an update to this with more solid ‘evidence’ or with more solid facts and information on the features that the OS X Lion will bring.

Oh, by the way the OS X Lion update will first start via the Mac App Store. The price for the update will be around than $20. sfaisfuhpo42fj

Yet again, this post has become like a page long, therefore I shall again, split up the post and make it a triple post, with the last post being my ‘conclusion’.

– Artyy

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