Apple Bundle: iCloud, iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion, MacShield
Article by George Norman
On 07 Jun 2011
There are plenty of news to report from Cupertino-based software developer Apple, so I thought it a good idea to put them all together in a nice little bundle. The first one is that Apple introduced iCloud, a set of free cloud services meant to help you store your data in the cloud. Data from your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac or PC can be sent to the iCloud, then wirelessly sent back to any of your devices. Data is backed up and synced across your devices all thanks to iCloud.

“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it—it all just works.”

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The iCloud service will become available to the public this fall, which is when iOS 5 will be released. iCloud and iOS 5 will be released concurrently this fall. The mobile operating system will offer users more than 200 new features, chef among them the following:

Notification Center – view and manage notifications in one place.
iMessage – messaging service you can use to send text messages, photos and videos from one iOS-powered device to another.
Newsstand – purchase and organize newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
PC Free – organize and set up an iOS-powered device without having to connect it to the computer.
Built-in Twitter integration – you can tweet from within Twitter-enabled apps.
Reminders – an app you can use to manage tasks and set location-based reminder alerts.

“iOS 5 has some great new features, such as Notification Center, iMessage and Newsstand and we can’t wait to see what our developers do with its 1,500 new APIs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Perhaps iOS 5’s paramount feature is that it’s built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading.”

But when it comes to new features, the upcoming Mac OS X Lion has iOS 5 beat. Apple announced that Mac OS X Lion will be released this July and will come with more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs. The operating system will be offered via the Mac App Store for the low price of $29.99. This means that Leopard users will first have to upgrade to Snow Leopard, then get Lion from the Mac App Store.

Mac OS Lion will have several interesting new features to offer:
  • New Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations.
  • Mission Control gives you a bird’s eye view of every app and window running on your Mac by combining Expose, full screen apps, Dashboard and Spaces into one.
  • Mac app Store built-into the operating system.
  • A completely redesigned Mail app.
  • Resume, a new feature that brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app

“The Mac has outpaced the PC industry every quarter for five years running and with OS X Lion we plan to keep extending our lead,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The best version of OS X yet, Lion is packed with innovative features such as new Multi-Touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, and Mission Control for instantly accessing everything running on your Mac.”

Good news so far – here comes some bad ones. Intego has reported that a new variant of the MacDefender rogue has been detected. The new variant is named MacShield. So to sum it up, the rogue has so far used the names MacDefender, MacProtector, MacSecurity, MacGuard, and now MacShield.



Tags: Apple, iCloud, iOS, Mac OS X, Lion, Intego, Rogue, Security
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