Cloud Computing: Apple's Mac OS X Lion, iOS5 Converge in iCloud

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-06 Print this article Print
Performance Artists at the Gate

Performance Artists at the Gate

A colorful group of dancers greeted some 5,200 Apple software developers who lined up starting about three hours ahead of Steve Jobs' keynote address to start the 2011 WWDC conference at Moscone West in San Francisco.
Apple opened the doors of San Francisco's Moscone West June 6 to a horde of 5,200 iOS developers at its Worldwide Developers Conference. As usual, it had a great deal to announce and explain. Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs introduced the long-anticipated MacOS X Lion operating system that will become generally available this fall. Jobs also unveiled the iOS5 operating system for mobile devices and the much-anticipated iCloud storage, backup and collaboration system. In a nutshell, Lion refines the already hugely popular MacOS with new features such as document versioning, much more efficient storage, manual snapshots and many others—some 250 features in all. Users also will be able to download the OS from the AppStore—disks are no longer needed. Next, iOS5 will come out this summer adding its share of cool new features, such as photo editing at the time the photo is taken, among others. Also, iOS5 will free iPads, iPhones and iPods from needing to be tethered to a PC—a development that met with a great ovation. Finally, the iCloud will store everything users create and save automatically in a cloud and share it —also automatically—with all the other iOS devices a user may have.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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