Apple's WWDC 2010 kicked off on Monday, June 7. It offered some insight as to the future of Apple and its products. What exactly did Steve Jobs announce to the attendees of the conference in San Francisco? Let's find out.
First and foremost was some news about the iPad, which has taken the tech device world by storm. In its short time on the market, with just a recent international release as well, the iPad has sold around two million units and keeps going strong, with demand greatly exceeding its current supply. The iPad's powerful processor and larger display make it ideal for apps and e-books, and it is said to be a favored device among publishers. Evidence of this favoritism can be seen in the approximately five million books that have been downloaded for the iPad in the mere two months or so since its inception.
Meanwhile, the iPhone's app selection has grown beyond an astonishing 200,000, with that number growing daily. Speaking of apps, fans of the iBooks app will see updates this month that include improvements such as native PDF viewing and even a system that allows users to take notes while reading with a Post-It type feature. Bookmarks are said to be part of the update package for iBooks as well. Netflix junkies who desperately wanted the feature on their iPhones may soon get their wish. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was on hand to demonstrate the streaming video feature for the iPhone.
Fans of the popular Farmville app from the social networking giant Facebook can now tend to their crops on the iPhone as soon as this month. Farmville is just another addition to the extensive catalog of Apple apps, which were announced to have surpassed the five billion download mark. This is becoming a highly lucrative industry, as Jobs claimed that Apple has distributed $1 billion to app developers thus far. The attractiveness of the company's app selection should help it gain more in market share. While Apple holds strong at number two in market share at 28 percent, it still lags behind the Blackberry's share of 35 percent. The Android has quite a ways to go to catch up to Apple, as it only holds a 9 percent market share at the moment.
For many attendees and the general public, the buzz around the iPhone 4 headlined Jobs' speech. Fans of the iPhone anxious to get their hands on the newest edition can expect a refined design, that focuses on a thinner body. To be exact, the iPhone 4 is said to be around one-fourth slimmer than the iPhone 3GS, making it ultra-portable and pocket-friendly. Other design upgrades come in the form of redesigned antennas and buttons, an extra noise-canceling microphone, and a camera that faces to the front.
The iPhone 4's display is said to be revolutionary, being 3.5 inches in size and having a crisp 960 x 640 resolution. Some technical upgrades include the use of a more powerful battery that increases talk time by 40 percent, the Apple A4 processor, and more. For storage, expect 32 GB. The new iOS 4 operating system will pack the iPhone with goodies such as multitasking, app grouping, threaded email, and more. Older phones can get a crack at the operating system beginning on June 21.
In terms of fun features on the iPhone 4, its camera is bumped up to 5-megapixels and can even record HD video. Video sharing and editing will be integrated, and iPhone users will be able to download the iMovie app at a price of around $5. For those who want a good read on the iPhone 4, there is good news in the inclusion of iBooks. For web searches, Bing is a new addition besides Yahoo and Google. Videoconferencing is another hot feature of the iPhone 4, and with FaceTime, iPhone 4 users can talk to one another in a visual as well as audio manner.
The iPhone 4 will come in either black or white and hit the market on June 24. As for the price, the 16 GB version will run you $199, and add $100 more for the 32 GB version. Both prices are based on a two-year contract.
For more Apple WWDC 2010 highlights, visit http://news.yahoo.com/s/ytech_wguy/ytech_wguy_tc2428
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