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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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RE: Illogical.
By Tony Swash on 5/31/2011 1:25:32 PM , Rating: 0
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.

That must be why consumers are flocking to buy Apple products in vast and rapidly accelerating numbers :)

Consumers like products that are well designed, stylish, affordable, come from brands that have a reputation for quality, do things that other products cannot do and are easy to use. Hence Apple's success.

Interesting that Apple announced the release of the iWorks productivity suite for iPhone and iPod touch today - means there must be plenty to showcase at next week's keynote. I cannot wait to see what Apple has done with its Siri acquisition and Nuance deal.

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
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

Android Tablet Sales to Equal the iPad’s Figures in Second Half of 2011

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
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
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? :)

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