The combination of iCloud with Apple’s coming mobile operating system will allow make its mobile devices more like standalone computers. Users will be able to activate and operate iPads and iPhones without ever needing to connect them to a computer running iTunes.
“We’re living in a post pc world,”said Scott Forstall, Apple’s SVP for iOS software, who shared the stage with Jobs, “if you want to cut the cord, you can.”
Forstall said that many of Apple’s customers were now people without computers who wanted their iPad or iPhone to be their only device.
[Source: Technology Review.]
The “post-PC” claim was made when the iPad was launched, but seemed idiotic at a time when the only way of activating the device was to hook it up via an umbilical cord to iTunes running on a PC. The surprise is that it took Apple this long to get around to it.
LATER: The NYT reports it like this:
Mr. Jobs said people will no longer have to manually sync mobile devices with their PCs, an approach that he said has become too unruly now that millions of people own music players, smartphones and tablets, each with photos, music, apps and other types of documents.
“Keeping these devices in sync is driving us crazy,” Mr. Jobs said, speaking on the opening day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference here. “We have a great solution for this problem. We are going to demote the PC to just be a device. We are going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud.”
“Everything happens automatically, and there is nothing new to learn,” he added.
STILL LATER: I love the Register’s headline over its report on the WWDC presentation:
Apple opens iCloud to world+dog
Jobs: ‘It’s not as crap as MobileMe. Promise’
EVEN LATER: Nieman Journalism Lab has a useful analysis of the iCloud announcements.