Live Blog: Steve Jobs Introduces Apple's iCloud
2:33 PM/ET: Three apps come to iCloud:
The App Store: brings all your downloaded app history to all of your devices.
IBooks: same thing.
It also syncs the bookmark to your other devices, so you can pick up reading at the same place from any device.
Backup: once a day everything will backup to the cloud over wifi. It backs up purchased music, apps and books, and more.
2:30 PM/ET: (A big question here is whether iCloud will allow calendar sharing with non-Apple users.)
All the apps and features described will be free, and MobileMe ceases to exist.
2:26 PM/ET: Jobs says MobileMe has been completely rewritten for the cloud.
Contacts and calendars automatically sync.
You can also share calendars with others.
2:26 PM/ET: The cloud is more than a hard disk in the cloud.
It stores your content, and automatically pushes it.
You might ask, "Why should I believe them? They're the ones who brought us MobileMe!"
2:24 PM/ET: Keeping devices in sync is driving us crazy, Jobs says. We're going to demote the PC and Mac to being just a device, and the cloud will become the hub.
Everything stays in sync automatically.
2:23 PM/ET: Steve Jobs is back to talk iCloud.
He says that 10 years ago, Apple positioned the PC as the digital hub. (For more on this and how the cloud needs to be the new hub, see my blog post from this morning.)
2:21 PM/ET: Interesting note at the end: You can now mirror your iPad screen on your TV, and wirelessly sync iTunes.
Developer preview of iOS 5 is available now.
The final version will be available "this fall."
2:15 PM/ET: Finally: iMessage.
Now, a new messaging service that works between all iOS devices, including iPad and iPod touch, which don't have phone numbers connected to them for standard SMS.
The message streams are pushed to all your iOS devices.
This is interesting in that it positions iOS devices as a network unto themselves. But I wonder how useful it will be, since most of us communicate with people who use lots of different device types.
2:14 PM/ET: Number 9: Game Center.
This is Apple's game network for multiplayer and achievements. It has some updates including support for turn-based games.
2:10 PM/ET: Eighth feature: PC Free.
This will allow users to set up and use iOS devices without connecting to a PC. Software updates will now come over the air. And downloads will be thinner, just containing the new code.
(This is very important, and starts to put iOS on par with Google . Android devices are easier to use without a PC.)
2:09 PM/ET: Also: there is a new keyboard configuration available with a split keyboard that makes it easier to type with your thumbs.
2:07 PM/ET:Apple also includes S/MIME support in Mail, so you can see that your message will be encrypted.
2:06 PM/ET: Mail: rich text formatting now available, dragging addresses, flagging, searching full message contents.
2:05 PM/ET: Now, cameras:
Now there will be a camera button on the lock screen. And the volume up button can be used to take the picture.