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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Richard Devine

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


2013 needs to be bigger than 2011. iOS needs to spread it's wings, OSX needs to evolve. We need to forget the 2012 and Apple needs to resolve their problematic image of a crappy software maker. Are they a company with a grand vision ? Answers coming up soon

I still think that early 2010 to end 2011 really was the golden years of Apple. Their two latest offerings (the iphone4 and ipad) were pretty much unmatched by the competition, and the ipad2 only served to cement Apple's grip on the tablet market. IOS5 helped plug the gaping holes in the OS (notifications, OTA updates and icloud).

Apple also announced the macbook air in 2011, a design which some companies are still struggling to replicate even to this day. Coupled with the thunderbolt display, it filled a niche for people wanting to be ultra-portable.