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Looking back: The 2011 WWDC keynote – iOS 5, iCloud, OS X 10.7 Lion

We’re lower than 24 hours out now from this years highly anticipated WWDC keynote, and we’re carrying on with our look returned on past events recently with the 2011 presentation from Moscone West. Continuing the tradition of the previous 3 years, 2011 saw, the unveiling of iOS 5, OS X 10.
 
7 Lion, and iCloud. This was also of course, the final keynote starring the late Steve Jobs. iOS 5 continued the tradition of yearly updates to Apple’s mobile OS. Headline features included iMessage, the iOS to iOS quick messaging solution, notification heart and the long awaited over the air OS updates. With iOS 5 Apple also delivered their own reminders app, alongside with fast access to the camera from the lockscreen. OS X 10. 7 Lion was a massive update, with over 250 new features to converse of. We saw such things as AirDrop, a proper full screen mode, Launchpad and Misson Control introduced, along with the brand new Mac App Store. Then of course, came iCloud. Not just cloud storage as such, iCloud replaced MobileMe and was to grow to be a means to push your entire content to all your devices. Contacts, calendars, photos, apps, along with the facility to backup your device. All Apple customers would get a free iCloud account, and iTunes even got involved with iTunes in the cloud and iTunes Match. So, that’s 2011. As ever, share your own highlights with us in the comments below! just one more day to go!

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How to keep using your iCloud calendar and reminders on an Android device

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If you’re curious about trying an Android device then you might be interested to know that you need not abandon your iCloud calendar or reminders for Google based alternatives. With so many great devices on the market these days running Android it’s perfectly reasonable to expect someone to have a mix of both platforms in their lives. Keeping your iCloud calendar running on Android is a piece of cake, and I’ve written about it over on Android Central.

Thanks to an enterprising developer, Marten Gajda, you can import and two-way sync your iCloud calendars to the stock Calendar app on your Android device. With his app, Smoothsync for Cloud Calendar – grab it from the Play Store – it’s as easy as entering your iCloud credentials

It really is that simple. I’ve gone in to a little more detail in the post on Android Central, but for .99 you can use your iCloud calendar just the same as any other calendar on your Android device. As an added bonus, Gajda’s app also has a free add-on that will sync your iCloud reminders to your Android device as well. It all works in the background, and while you have a separate app, Tasks, for reminders, your calendar just works within the stock calendar app on your device. It’s really slick.

Sure, using Apple products together is still much easier, but it’s great to know that if we should want to go cross-platform we can take a little piece of iCloud with us. I love this app – particularly the reminders sync – since I’m very much a cross-platform person. Much of my work is done using an iPhone and a Mac, and it’s so convenient knowing I can flick over to any Android device and still have access to my iCloud reminders.

If this scratches a particular itch for you, grab the app from the Google Play Store at the link below. If you try it out, be sure to let me know how you find it.

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iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

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[#protected_0#] is Apple’s attempt to make a basic level of password management available to the mainstream. With it, your account names, passwords, and credit cards numbers can be stored in iCloud, and synced across all iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks devices that are logged in under the same Apple ID. In conjunction with Safari, it can also generate new, unique passwords, and autofill them when and as needed. All with 256-bit AES encryption. So, Apple has made it easier than ever to manage your passwords, but not necessarily simpler. There’s still a lot to understand, and that’s where iMore comes in. Here’s how it all works!

How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain on iOS 7

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There are some pros and cons to using iCloud Keychain. For example, it doesn’t have a separate master password option, so once you unlock your device, anyone you hand it to can access all your passwords and credit cards. Also, the passwords it generates aren’t particularly strong. It is, however, easy and far, far, better than nothing. Apple will ask you if you want to use it when you first setup your iOS device, but if you change your mind, or if you want to switch back or switch away, you can quickly enable it – or disable it – in Settings.

How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain on iOS 7

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

iCloud Keychain is meant to be an easy way to manage passwords on your Apple devices. When password management is easier, using stronger passwords is easier. Since it can be tough to come up with strong, unique passwords, good password managers will generate them for you, and iCloud Keychain in iOS 7 is no exception. Unfortunately, the passwords generated by iCloud Keychain aren’t exceptionally strong, but they are better than using the same password for every site. That makes them an okay starting point for people who want a little more security, but don’t want full-fledged password manager from the App Store.

How to access and view your iCloud Keychain passwords on iOS 7

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

iCloud Keychain will generate and store all your iOS 7 Safari-based passwords and autofill them for you where and as needed. However, there may be times when a website doesn’t allow autofill (for example, at public terminal), or you want to use a password outside Safari (for example, in another app), and then you’ll need to find it, copy it, and paste it in manually. Luckily, you can do just that via the Settings apps. Here’s how!

How to force websites to save passwords to iCloud Keychain on iOS 7

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

Whether it’s for security or privacy reasons, or just some technical failing, but not all websites just let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain. That can be annoying, to say the least, when you’re trying to sync your login info across all your Apple devices. Luckily, Safari can often let you save passwords even if the website itself tries to stop you. Here’s how to do it in iOS 7.

How to delete saved passwords from iCloud Keychain in iOS 7

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

One of the side-effects of an easy-to-use system like iCloud Keychain is that sometimes you accidentally end up saving a password you didn’t intend to. That, or you simply stop using a certain site and no longer need its password saved, or some glitch comes up and it’s not working properly, and you just want to start over. Regardless of the reason, iOS 7 makes it easy, if not immediately obvious…

How to manually add your credit card information to iCloud Keychain for iOS 7

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

iCloud Keychain lets you easily store not only your passwords, but your credit card information as well. Any time you pay with a card in Safari, iCloud Keychain will offer to save it for you. However, you can also add cards to iCloud Keychain any time you wish. That way, you can do it when it’s most convenient, and avoid having to run for your wallet when it’s not. If an ounce of prevention now saving you a pound of effort later sounds good, here’s how to do it!

How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain on OS X Mavericks

Like with iOS, iCloud Keychain on OS X Mavericks is a mixed blessing. You get easy password management, but no master password, and the passwords generated aren’t very strong. But, again, way, way better than nothing. Apple will ask you if you want to use it when you first setup your Mac, but if you change your mind, or if you want to switch back or switch away, you can quickly enable it – or disable it – in System Preferences.

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Click on iCloud.
  3. Check off iCloud Keychain.
  4. Enter your iCloud Password.

To disable iCloud Keychain, repeat the above step but uncheck iCloud Keychain.

How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain on OS X Mavericks

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks, just like in iOS 7, is meant to make password management easy enough that most people will start creating and using stronger, more unique passwords. While the passwords generated by iCloud Keychain aren’t as strong as we’d like, they’re lightyears ahead of duplicate passwords, or the simple type of passwords that are all to common. A full-fledged password manager from the Mac App Store is really the way to go, but if you’re just getting started and you want the easiest thing possible – and absolutely something better than nothing – iCloud Keychain is here for you.

How to force websites to save passwords to iCloud Keychain on OS X Mavericks

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

Not all websites just let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain. Whether for privacy or security reasons, or simple technical misconfiguration, sometimes your best efforts to stay in sync across your Apple devices will be stymied… at least at first. Luckily, Safari can often let you save passwords even if the website itself tries to stop you. Here’s how to do it in OS X Mavericks.

How to manually add your credit card to iCloud Keychain for OS X Mavericks

 iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

If you’re using iCloud Keychain in order to store your passwords, you can also use it to store your credit card information and sync it across all your iPhone, iPads, and Macs. Any time you pay with a credit card on your Mac, iCloud Keychain will offer to save it. However, you can also add a card manually any time it’s convenient. That can save you a mad dash to your wallet in the middle of the night.

How to get more help with iOS 7

If you have additional questions, or need some more help with iCloud Keychain, or iOS 7, check out the following resources!

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App Store Year Four: Subscriptions, iCloud offer fantastic new services… and controversies

 App Store Year Four: Subscriptions, iCloud offer fantastic new services... and controversies

The time between the developer preview for iOS 4 and iOS 5 was the longest to date. Rather than a spring event like in previous years, Apple didn’t reveal any details of iOS 5 until WWDC 2011 in June. Also, rather than a summer release, general availability was held off until October of that year. So what did Apple manage to achieve with those extra months? Several things that weren’t made available to developers, including Siri and Notification Center widgets. iCloud, however, and the sync services that came with it, were big. As was Newsstand and its subscription services, at least potentially. In keeping with tradition, however, neither was without controversy.

Meanwhile, over 500,000 apps were available in the App Store and downloads had topped 18 billion. By January, 2012, over billion had been paid out to developers. By March, App Store downloads hit 25 billion, and by June, the App Store was available in 155 countries.

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Apple originally announced App Store subscriptions in 2008 as part of the iPhone OS 3 event, but they never took off. At a special event in February of 2011, Apple’s Eddy Cue joined FOX’s Rupert Murdoch to announce proper subscription support on the App Store, and the Daily, a new, all-iPad magazine to spearhead it.

At WWDC in June, Apple showed off Newsstand, a special kind of folder that housed all the magazine, newspaper, and other subscription, periodical apps. Again, developers had to update to support Newsstand and its subscription features, but once they did:

  • The subscription app would download to Newsstand, not the general Home screen
  • The subscription app would “wake up” once a day to refresh content, if anything new was available.
  • The subscription app would show the latest cover or front page artwork, instead of the app artwork, to visually cue users to potentially new content.

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Reaction to the Daily was so-so. Reaction to Apple wanting their traditional 30-percent cut of revenue from subscribers, but not allowing any surcharging in the App Store to make up the difference, was explosive. The late Steve Jobs framed his position for Apple:

Our philosophy is simple—when Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing. All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app. We believe that this innovative subscription service will provide publishers with a brand new opportunity to expand digital access to their content onto the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, delighting both new and existing subscribers.

The issue became conflated with digital goods being offered as in-app purchases in general, perhaps exemplified most by Amazon’s Kindle App. The platform concerns that come with deviating from 30% in any way were summed up by Matt Drance, former Apple developer evangelist and current Apple Outsider:

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Looking back: The 2011 WWDC keynote – iOS 5, iCloud, OS X 10.7 Lion

We’re less than 24 hours out now from this years highly anticipated WWDC keynote, and we’re continuing our look back on past events today with the 2011 presentation from Moscone West. Continuing the tradition of the previous 3 years, 2011 saw, the unveiling of iOS 5, OS X 10.7 Lion, and iCloud. This was also of course, the final keynote starring the late Steve Jobs.

iOS 5 continued the tradition of yearly updates to Apple’s mobile OS. Headline features included iMessage, the iOS to iOS instant messaging solution, notification center and the long awaited over the air OS updates. With iOS 5 Apple also added their own reminders app, along with quick access to the camera from the lockscreen.

OS X 10.7 Lion was a major update, with over 250 new features to speak of. We saw such things as AirDrop, a proper full screen mode, Launchpad and Misson Control introduced, along with the brand new Mac App Store.

Then of course, came iCloud. Not just cloud storage as such, iCloud replaced MobileMe and was to become a way to push all your content to all your devices. Contacts, calendars, photos, apps, along with the facility to backup your device. All Apple customers would get a free iCloud account, and iTunes even got involved with iTunes in the cloud and iTunes Match.

So, that’s 2011. As ever, share your own highlights with us in the comments below! Just one more day to go!

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