If you still haven't caught up with all the news from Apple's major WWDC 2011 keynote on Monday, then you should take a look at our super wrap-up. But, if you'd rather watch the actual keynote but don't want to sit through the full two-hour video, then here's another option. Someone has kindly edited down the keynote to a mere 120 seconds.
This year on the 6th of June, here in sunny San Francisco at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 (WWDC), we saw no less than Steve Jobs step on stage with his classic jeans and sweatshirt outfit. "We've got an awesome morning together, this morning. Thank you for coming so much." Steve was glad to welcome every one of the 5,200 attendees to the conference, a number that sold out in under 2 hours. He goes on to confirm exactly what we've been expecting: "We've got some great stuff to talk about: OS X Lion, iOS 5, and some kind of interesting new cloud stuff."
Apple's new iCloud service may cost users $25/year - after a whet-your-appetite free trial - according to the latest rumors, but the company itself has reportedly had to open its wallet a whole lot wider in order to keep the labels happy. As well as what's said to be between a 58- and 70-percent share of iCloud music revenue, Apple has apparently agreed to between $100m and $150m in advance payments to the big four labels.
I mentioned yesterday that there are some shortages of Apple gear in some locations and online. The shortages were for some of the Apple Airport devices and the Time Capsule unit. Generally, a shortage of things in Apple Stores is a good indication that a refresh is imminent and with WWDC kicking off soon perhaps, the shortages mean new products being unveiled. A source has tipped 9to5Mac that the Airport Express supply is plentiful in most places, but the supply of the Time Capsule and Airport Extreme are in fact very tight globally.
The WWDC 2011 is only four days away, and some have been wondering whether Apple would be able to sign on the last of four major record label companies in time for a full reveal of its new iCloud music streaming service. Today, insider sources tipped that Apple has just successfully signed on Universal Music Group, who also happens to be the largest of the four major record companies.
As you MAY have heard multiple times, Apple very obviously plans on releasing information on their new "iCloud" service in the very near future (aka WWDC.) What you may NOT know is that they, just yesterday, filed the name iCloud with the European Trademark Office under application 010011484. This trademark was filed under 12 distinct International Classes including all of the following headers: digital music by telecommunications, electronic storage, online social networking services, multimedia content for a fee or pre-paid subscription, computer software, electronic books and magazines, entertainment, photographic services, business management and advertising services, games, headgear and digital devices/computers. That's a lot of meat!
Apple has confirmed that Steve Jobs will lead the WWDC 2011 keynote next Monday, June 6, with OS X Lion on the agenda, along with iOS 5 and the new iCloud, described as "Apple's upcoming cloud services offering." The news confirms long-standing rumors about the developer event.
Apple's much anticipated cloud-based iTunes music service, possibly dubbed iCloud, is ramping up for an imminent reveal, but will it be during next month's WWDC developer conference? Just this morning, reports seemed optimistic with Sony joining EMI and Warner Music in reaching agreeable licensing terms with Apple. It seemed like Universal Music Group would be the last piece of the puzzle, but this may not be the case.
We have been talking about a new cloud offering from Apple for a while now that would have something to do with music playback. We reported last week that the service would allow the iTunes customer to put their music on the cloud, so they can access it from anywhere. Apple might actually beat Google to market with a cloud music offering. A rumor is floating around that Apple is set to buy up a new domain name, and that domain might be the cloud music service.
Apple has well over $100 billion in cash, which is making many people across the globe wonder what the company should do with all that money. Investors would like to see it come back in larger dividends, while analysts believe it’s time for Apple to make some major moves and buy up smaller companies. Still others say Apple should do nothing with the cash and be content just holding on to it for security’s sake.