Apple's plans for Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 -- and iCloud

At its developer conference, CEO Steve Jobs reveals what's next for its desktop and mobile OSes, plus previews its new cloud service

By , InfoWorld |  Software, Apple, Apple iOS

At 10 a.m. Pacific time today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take center stage at the company's WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) to unveil the forthcoming iOS 5 operating system that powers its iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches; to provide more detail on the new Mac OS X Lion expected to ship this summer; and to reveal what the new iCloud service is all about. will cover Jobs's WWDC keynote live, so please return to this article to get the details as they unfold and the whole story once Jobs has finished his presentation.

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One interesting rumor is that Apple has chosen to detail Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud all at once because there will be enhanced or new synchronization and integration among the three services, in which Macs and iOS devices could function more as aspects of a person's total computing system rather than as separate devices that the same person happens to use.

The next Mac OS X: LionJobs has aleady detailed many of Mac OS X Lion's expected features in a preview made last October, and the company has posted more details on its website. Among Lion's key new capabilities of interest to business users are whole-disk encryption for both the startup and external disks, a new wipe capability for all data, full-screen applications, a new capability app developers can use so that documents autosave intermediate versions within them and that automatically locks documents from unintential saves after two weeks of nonuse, a revamped Mail client that offers enhanced message threading, the ability to open applications and their documents where you left off when you restart the Mac, support for more iOS-style gestures, and a new navigation tool for applications and documents.

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