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Some developers have taken it upon themselves to improve upon Apple's current notification system. Peter Hajas provides MobileNotifier for jailbroken iPhones through Cydia.  (Source: Peter Hajas)
Apple is ready to overhaul its OS portfolio

June is shaping up to be a big month for Apple, as the company plans to overhaul its software portfolio and introduce a new cloud offering. Apple will unveil its offerings at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6. 

Apple has already given developers an early taste of OS X 10.7 "Lion", but the company will officially unveil its finished (or near finished) iteration of the next generation desktop/notebook operating system at WWDC.

Lion brings a number of new features to Apple's flagship operating system, including a number of iOS staples like multi-touch gestures, auto saving for apps, full screen aps, and a fully integrated App Store. Other additions include iCal 4.0 and an overhauled Mail app that takes a few design cues from the iPad's version.

Apple will also unveil iOS 5 at WWDC for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Apple's iOS UI has stayed pretty much the same since it was first introduced in 2007. Sure, there have been major features like multitasking and folders that have been tacked onto the OS, but it's still a design that dates back four years. 

Apple is sure to boast of "over 100 new features added" when iOS is introduced next month, but the one feature request that is at the top of nearly everyone's wish list is an overhauled notification system. The current notification system in iOS is beyond antiquated and has long been surpassed by superior implementation from HP/Palm and Google. Apple has no excuse not to fix this obvious shortcoming with iOS 5, so expect “magical” notifications “done right” to be displayed front and center during the keynote.

Finally, Apple made a slight mention of its upcoming iCloud online music service in its press release, referring to it is as an "upcoming cloud services offering." Apple already reportedly has deals in place with three of the four major record labels with regards to licensing. The only holdout so far is Universal Music. 

Apple’s iCloud offering will be going toe-to-toe with Amazon’s Cloud Drive and Google Music.



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Illogical.
By therealnickdanger on 5/31/2011 9:51:09 AM , Rating: 5
Mac OSX and iOS are perfect. Perfection cannot be improved. Good thing my head was built with Paradox absorbing crumple zones.




RE: Illogical.
By 2ManyOptions on 5/31/2011 10:06:22 AM , Rating: 2
The present definition of perfection is way too trivial so Apple is redefining perfection. Hence, these upgrades are actually upgrading perfection to a whole new level.


RE: Illogical.
By cjohnson2136 on 5/31/2011 10:06:18 AM , Rating: 2
The thing is they are not upgrades, just same "perfect" product with a new name so the fanbois buy them and make Apple more money.


RE: Illogical.
By Mitch101 on 5/31/2011 11:43:07 AM , Rating: 3
Apple is today's AOL. AOL tried telling consumers whats best for them must in the same way Apple does. Most consumers eventually dont like to be told what they can and cannot do.


RE: Illogical.
By Tony Swash on 5/31/11, Rating: 0
RE: Illogical.
By damianrobertjones on 5/31/2011 2:18:56 PM , Rating: 2
I see that you've never worked in a PC World/Currys/Comet store then. If you had, you might realise that consumers are more or less stupid when something shiny is front of them or there friends all have it.


RE: Illogical.
By Tony Swash on 5/31/2011 2:33:01 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I see that you've never worked in a PC World/Currys/Comet store then. If you had, you might realise that consumers are more or less stupid when something shiny is front of them or there friends all have it.


Why the switchers though?

I tend to think that when consumers are offered a better product they switch to it if the 'costs' of switching are not too high. In the past Apple products were not so much better and the costs of switching were relatively high (or at least thought to be high) and so people tended not to switch. Now in many categories Apple's products have clear advantages over most of their competitors, there is a best of class Apple retail distribution network and there are no costs of switching (Macs now run everything and there are no legacy apps with i-Devices). So people are switching in droves and sales of all Apple's products are exploding.

It's particularly striking that even in the legacy desktop product category Mac sales are shooting through the roof across the global market at the same time that the Wintel sales are starting to to tank.

It's a fine time to be an Apple fan and an even better time to be an Apple customer :)


RE: Illogical.
By Mitch101 on 5/31/2011 4:55:27 PM , Rating: 2
If Apple is exploding Its not here. I dont know anyone looking for an Apple in the Phone or Tablet area any longer and the people I know with Apple computers are over the intial sparkle phase and they are starting to complain about problems with their MAC's. Sorry but the shine of Apple is wearing off.

Android beating iPhone in smartphone war
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/mobile-phone/32831...

Android Tablet Sales to Equal the iPad’s Figures in Second Half of 2011
http://www.androidtabletblog.com/android-tablet-sa...

If you wish to mention the AIR the competition is closing in on that with some much more interesting devices. Seems HP and ASUS and the lot can make rival devices as well.


RE: Illogical.
By Tony Swash on 5/31/2011 6:52:33 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
If Apple is exploding Its not here.


Of course not! The sort of demographic represented here (dorky techs) are not a viable market for any company to build on. Whether the people around here buy stuff or not makes no difference to anything because the demographic represented around here is so tiny.

Apple makes stuff for normal people.


RE: Illogical.
By hiscross on 6/1/2011 11:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
Well I use Macs and PCs. So am I brilliant or stupid, say like you. So let's meet someplace to settle this. Pick a place.


RE: Illogical.
By protosv on 5/31/2011 2:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
I knew it couldn't be long before Swash showed up.


RE: Illogical.
By Tony Swash on 5/31/2011 6:57:50 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I knew it couldn't be long before Swash showed up.


Surely after all this time, and all we have been through together, you could call me Tony? :)


RE: Illogical.
By tayb on 5/31/2011 7:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. It was easy to say that with a straight face 10 years ago but not so much anymore. Apple has surpassed Microsoft in market capitalization and companies who are on the verge of defeat because their strategy isn't working don't IMPROVE their market cap drastically year to year...

The notion that only idiotic sheep buy Apple products is pretty ridiculous now a days...


Lots riding on this one
By Commodus on 5/31/2011 11:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously, Android has raised the table stakes for Apple. That and iOS has mostly been a lot of iterative upgrades (if welcome ones). A significant rethink would do wonders.

As it stands, what's increasingly being suggested: widgets, much better notifications, over-the-air updating, and of course iCloud music streaming. Mix that with an iPhone 5 and it's a pretty good case for an iPhone unless you're all-in on Android (and remember, alpha geeks, you do not define the market).




RE: Lots riding on this one
By erple2 on 6/1/2011 6:22:49 PM , Rating: 2
I find that interesting that the features being suggested are already available on Android, a platform that was "late" to the smartphone game. I'm curious as to what that says about the future. Does this mean that Apple is going to have to start copying good ideas from Android? Hopefully - good ideas are good ideas, regardless of who came up with them.

Widgets ? check.
Much Better Notifications ? well, my android phone doesn't scream front and center when I get an IM, so I'd say check.
Over the Air Updating ? Check.
iCloud music streaming ? Well, I can't do iCloud streaming with my Android, but I can do that with Amazon cloud music streaming now, does that count?


Muh
By damianrobertjones on 5/31/2011 2:11:05 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder what hardware will be dropped with the new software releases?

I feel sorry for Apple owners each time there's a new release




RE: Muh
By Subzero0000 on 5/31/2011 9:22:19 PM , Rating: 1
Huh? I think you mean Android instead.

Because everytime there is a new major/minor version release on Android, all the android owners would have to concern about their vendor supports and already start looking for new phone upgrade.

But when Apple release new updates, they would at least let their current/previous generation phone to update too.

I am an Android owner. When you say you feel sorry for Apple, I actually feel regret for owning an Android.


new iphone announcement?
By kanabalize on 5/31/2011 10:33:23 AM , Rating: 2
fat chance...




Wow, Steve!
By Methusela on 5/31/2011 10:15:25 AM , Rating: 1
You sure weren't lion when you told us to expect great things in 2011! RAWR.

And I'm not kitten. Mewow!

</sarcasm>




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