WWDC 2011: Where was I?

by Thomas Brady


Okay, so WWDC 2011 was eons ago, in Internet terms. No, I’m not dead. Where was I? Quite honestly, I was busy. With work. With family. With a grad-school application. What a WWDC it was, though, eh?

iOS 5 is going to be heaven. I tried it out for a few days on my iPhone 4, but rolled back to iOS 4 (yes, it can be done, but shouldn’t be done unless you really need to, or you really like baseband errors). The new notifications are a God-send. The geo-fencing feature in the new Reminders app is pretty cool, and I do hope this is an iOS 5 API I can get access to for future software. New alert schemes, new wireless synching, new all kinds of awesome. But, alas, for now it’s pretty incompatible with third party hardware and fairly crashy. Come on September.

Lion looks pretty darned cool, too. We definitely seem to be headed toward a unified UI on Mac OS and iOS, if not a single OS that works on both platforms.

And then there’s iCloud. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the music portion of this service. Here’s how I understand it. If you bought/buy music from iTunes, you’ll be able to access it on any Apple device running the latest software. Free.

If you didn’t - i.e. if you got your music via ripping CDs, buying from Amazon, or from illegal downloads - you can use iTunes Match to legally “rent” a high-bitrate copy of any song that Apple has rights to, up to 25,000 at a time for a flat-rate of $25 per year. At the end of that year the “rented” file (probably a .AAC file, I’m guessing, like what you buy from iTunes) will no longer play unless you renew your subscription to iTunes Match.

In other news, Steve Jobs is back at the snarky email terminal, recently having responded to an iWeb user lamenting the obvious immediate demise of iWeb as software and as web-hosting service and asking Steve, “Ammirite? Is it dead?” with a succinct-yet-sassy “Yep.”