Apple officially lowered its iCloud storage pricing today, confirming what the company said was coming during its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Users can now sign up for a free 5 GB of storage or spend $.99 a month for 20 GB, $3.99 a month for 200 GB, $9.99 a month for 500 GB or $19.99 a month for 1 TB. Apple’s price drop puts them on a comparable footing to Google’s Drive storage, which charges $1.99 per month for 100 GB and $9.99 per month for 1 TB.
Apple is bringing carrier Wi-Fi calling features into iOS 8, letting users make VoIP calls from their dialers. VoLTE calling could just be a short hop away.
Continuity further knits Apple’s desktop and mobile apps together, allowing you to flip between devices. You can make an iPhone call from your Mac or start a message in iOS, then finish it in OS X.
Apple is being unusually tight-lipped about what we can expect this week, but one thing is clear: they are working hard on becoming more of an enterprise-oriented company. The teasers in the published calendar for the Worldwide Developer Conference this week — like ‘Shhhh, Can’t Tell You Yet’ — cover their plans pretty significantly, but some of what shows is very enterprisey, like Tuesday’s ‘Apps For Enterprise Get Together’.
What is clear in this obscurity is a large number of new announcements, and some likely breakthroughs. Here’s what I consider in the range of the possible, and desirable, but which may be too scifi for June 2014:
- A real distributed virtual file system built into iOS and Mac OS X — iCloud is kludge, and so are Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. They are patches to the missing web-smart file system. Sooner or later these services will be built into the operating systems on our devices, and Apple may be the first to unveil that.
- iWatch — Considering that the iPod Nano makes a pretty good watch, Apple is in a great position to roll out a wearable that interacts with iOS and Mac OS X devices.
- iTV — This is coming, and it may be now.
- Retail — I bet Apple’s push into retail will become a major focus of this WWDC, with a great deal of iBeacon, payments, and maps integration.
We’ll hear a lot tomorrow, but no matter what, I am certain that something huge is coming, and it won’t be just another iPhone.
Apple will focus on Mac OS X at its upcoming developer’s conference on June 2, according to a new report.
Apple debuted iBooks for Mac at WWDC in San Francisco Monday. The desktop app will be available as part of the launch of OSX Mavericks this fall and will allow purchasing as well as reading.
OS X gets a new look and name: Mavericks was introduced at Apple’s WWDC event and has much familiarity to iOS in both look and behind-the-scenes technology.
The second-ever AltWWDC conference, an alternative to Apple’s WWDC developer conference, is seeing lots of interest as organizers line up speakers.
With the official version of OS X Mountain Lion announced at Apple’s WWDC Monday, users will see dictation abilities, synced messages through the iCloud, and a “power nap” feature through the new operating system for Mac. The features show an emphasis on cloud-based apps.
Matt and Kevin weigh in on last minute Apple news and expectations from the WWDC event while Kevin can’t wait for new hardware and orders a ChromeBook. Plus some hands on impressions of Toshiba’s newest Android tablets: A 7.7-inch model and a 13-inch whopper!