WWDC roundup (Part 0): a primer and some initial thoughts

At 1am (SG time), Steve Jobs kicked off the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2011 in San Francisco and XY called me hardcore when I told him I was watching the keynote at 730am. I’d admit that I am but then again, I wasn’t hardcore enough to stay up to watch it specially.

I’d love to though.

At WWDC, Apple released three announcements: Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud, and there was no one more thing. I’d be devoting a post to each of these three announcements over the course of the week or two, to share some of my thoughts and possible implications to us as users.

One observation about the conference in general:

If you have watched previous keynotes/announcements, you’d notice that the computers that used for demo are iMacs. This time round, they used MacBook Airs instead. My guess is that Lion, an OS that allows for a lot of touch gestures, is best shown off on a laptop with a trackpad built in, instead of the Magic Trackpad added to an iMac. It also sends a subtle message (to me) that laptops are the future of computers (apart from iPads and tablets); indeed I’m working on my MBA more than my iMac now. The other message that it sends out is that you (or I) need to get the Magic Trackpad to fully enjoy Lion.

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Ben Brooks did a quick roundup. Be sure to check it out; meanwhile, the Twitter quotes he put in at the back really cracked me out.

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Part 1 on iOS 5 can be found here; Part 2 on OS X Lion can be found here.

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