Apple Keynote at WWDC – Live Updates!

As you all probably know by now, Apple’s live keynote is taking place right now. Yup, Apple executives are on stage right now, and we’ll be covering everything they have to say!

-And Steve again takes the stage, now with a significant role. iCloud will now be revealed.

-I guess there really are perks for being a developer. Developers seed iOS 5 today, while we all have to wait till Fall.

-There really is no need for computers anymore! Backing up and syncing is now available through WiFi!

-iOS seems like it’s going to correct a lot done wrong previously.

-Photos, vidoes, text messaging, group messaging, more

-”oohs”, “aahs”

-#10: iMessage

-You can add photos for avatars, see your total achievement points (finally!), see recommended friends, see friends of friends, and download straight from Game Center

-Me being an extreme iOS gamer, I think Game Center getting updated is pretty big for me.

-#9: Game Center

-No need for computers at all! I guess they’re somewhat getting rid of the Mac part of setting up an iOS device.

-Yes! No more of those stupid iTunes errors I get when trying to update my iPod. Updates are now available over the air!

-Awesome! You don’t have to plug your device into iTunes when you just buy it to set it up. You see a “welcome” on the screen and a slide. I think I want to get a new device just to experience this!

-Oh, and the iPad keyboard can be split to make typing much easier

-#8: All traces of PC gone

-Rich text formatting, indentation, full mail search and a better dictionary! Autospell may actually work successfully now!

-#7: Mail

-Pictures are editable from your iPhone. You can crop and rotate.

-Easier way to get to the Camera application. Even if you have a passcode, you can double tap the home button and press the Camera icon, straight from the lockscreen. Pressing the volume up and down buttons will take pictures: Apple’s really eliminating the need for extra buttons on iDevices!

-#6: Camera

-Seems like Apple is getting rid of the need for third party applications. Oh well, maybe it’ll be like their Weather application (lackluster!) and people will use third party applications anyways.

-New standard application, Reminders, which allows you to make lists with dates.

-#5: Reminders

-You can easily switch between tabs

-Updated Safari has tabbed browsing

-Ads will be stripped, multiple pages will be parsed into one.

-Kudos to Michael, I’ve been using Safari on my laptop and just saw the Reader feature (next to the URL). That feature has been added to iOS (looks cool!)

-#4: Safari

-Twitter is basically integrated into a lot of Apple’s standard applications (camera, Safari, etc.)

-If you love to Tweet, the device you’re using will have a place where you only have to enter your Twitter info once, and applications can use it.

-#3: Twitter integration

-The News Stand application will be available through the app store, and will be like iBooks. All of your newspaper and magazine subscriptions will be displayed cleverly along with a large catalogue (many publishers are already on board)

-”Recently we added subscriptions, which makes it easier to get all the new issues without missing anything.”

-#2: News Stand (?)

-You can swipe up or down to open the notification center and close it, respectively.

-You can swipe across the lock screen on a notification to go to the app that it was sent from. Text messages, when swiped will take you to the conversation.

-The Lockscreen has also been improved, (yay!) more, needed, information is displayed

-iOS UI has been improved! New solution to lackluster notifications: Notification Center. All of your push notifications is accessible in one notification pane

-#1: Notifications. More than 100 billion push notifications have currently been pushed. I really don’t like the current system. Hope they improved it.

-iOS 5 has 200 new features; 10 will be covered!

-14 billion app downloads so far. Wow, they should show me how many I’ve downloaded out of that number…

-Developers are thanked, and Apple is too. They’ve paid out more than 2.5 billion to devs (how much have they made?)

-App Store now has 425,000 apps; 90,000 are iPad-specific.

-The iPad 2 is “an amazing product”. The iPad, in total, has sold over 25 million units in just 14 months!

-Scott Forstall takes the stage; over 200 million iOS devices have been sold, up to date, which makes iOS the #1 mobile operating system.

-What I’ve been waiting for! iOS 5 coverage is now here!

-Lion is only available in the Mac app store.

-That’s it for Lion. It’ll cost you $29.99 to upgrade!

-Wow, based off of some pictures, it looks pretty polished! I haven’t seen much of it, but the description sounds like the iPad’s mail application. It’s got a column for messages, conversation view, a search with suggestions, and more!

-Seems like it’s pretty efficient: “We made a brand new version of mail for Lion. It does windows, full screen, three column view. The design is really optimized”

-A new version of Mail is being revealed

-Next feature, Airdrop. “Since the beginning of computers, we wanted to share documents. This new feature is what airdrop does, all of it over ethernet.”

-Wow, Lion also autosaves all of your changes, which means you won’t lose and progress. Forgetful people, listen up!

-Next feature, Resume, which allows you to pick up where you left off in an app. Just like multitasking!

-Next new feature, Launchpad, which is a lot like iOS and its icons. You can make folders and drag your icons around to your liking

-Sandboxing and push notifications

-”We’ve also added in-app purchases”

- In the last 6 months, the Mac App Store has become the #1 software channel to get Mac applications. The Mac app store is built into Lion

-”Next up, the Mac App Store”

-The new OSX has evolved based on iOS’ success. The all new gestures used for Mac functions are much like iOS’ (swipe, pinch, etc.)

-After a few, first OSX screenshots from 10 years ago, Phil explains the updated and totally different Lion, with 250 new features.

-3/4 of the total number of Macs shipped today are laptops

-Phil - ”The mac is doing incredibly well, our customer base continues to grow.” There are 54 million active Mac users. Mac has grown by 28%, PC -1%

-”Today we’re going to talk about software.” Steve Jobs hands the stage over to Phil Schiller, who will be demoing Lion

-WWDC this year sold out very quickly, there are 5,200 attendies