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Are Apple's hardware releases increasingly tied to software?

We've known for a while now that iPhone 5 won't be coming out this month, as it has for the last four years, but this fall, when iOS 5 is also scheduled to ship. Whether one delayed the other, or factors such as Verizon contracts, component shortages, engineering hours, or some combination of factors we may never know, but now rumors suggest new Macs are similarly on hold, this time waiting on OS X Lion before they ship.

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Will iCloud keep the MobileMe web apps?

There's some debate as to whether or not Apple will keep the MobileMe web apps, like Mail, Contacts, and Calendars around after the transition to iCloud. Some have heard no, that Apple will trash them and go 100% apps. Others have heard yes, that Apple will keep them around.

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The week in iPad

Missed a compelling piece of iPad news, a great review, or a killer how-to? We're not collecting absolutely everything in iPad here -- you can hit up TiPb.com/iPad for that! -- but we're carefully picking what we think is the best of the last 7 days and presenting it here for your review.

And hey! -- these double as show notes for our iPad Live! podcast tonight at 9pm Eastern. So join us at TiPb.com/live and follow along!

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Outside the US? No iTunes iCloud music for you until 2012 or later!

If you're outside the US, don't get too excited about iTunes iCloud music services like re-downloading and iTunes Match streaming, because you'll likely have to wait until 2012 if not later before it comes to your region. According to The Telegraph, Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud music storage service will not be coming to UK users until the first quarter of 2012 at the very earliest.  A spokesman for the Performing Right Society (PRS), which is responsible for ensuring songwriters and music publishers are paid for their work told The Telegraph the bad news.

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iTunes 10.3 now available with beta iCloud support

With the iCloud unveiling yesterday, Apple also announced that a new version of iTunes and a beta version of iCloud would be available now (with the rest rolling out in the Fall). Users have been reporting iTunes 10.3 downloads becoming available over the past 24 hours. Now, it appears to be available for everyone.

Keep in mind only some iCloud services are available now (and they're still considered beta). The rest will be rolled out this Fall. You should already see changes to the App Store on your devices as those were rolled out wireless yesterday.

iTunes 10.3 will let you do the following right now -

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iPhone Live 155: Enter iOS 5 and iCloud

Rene, Seth, The Keith Newman, Ally, and Leanna talk WWDC 2011 Keynote: iOS 5, iCloud, what it means for Apple, for users, for Jailbreak, and for apps. Yes, we snuck in an early, secret show on you... This is iPhone Live!

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  • Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
  • Seth Clifford (@sethclifford)
  • The Keith Newman (@thekeithnewman)
  • Ally Kazmucha (@iMuggle)
  • Leanna Lofte (@llofte)
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    WWDC 2011 Keynote available on Apple's Website (Updated)

    Apple has posted a video of today's keynote at WWDC 2011 on Apple.com. This is where Apple announced iOS 5 and iCloud. So grab some popcorn, get your geek on, and tell us what you think!

    Updated! The keynote is now also available for download via iTunes as well.

    Apple - direct iTunes Download

    Apple - Streaming Version

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    iTunes Match: all your music synced to all your devices via iCloud

    iTunes Match, another iCloud app, will basically function as a locker for your iTunes library. If you have music that isn't purchased from iTunes, it will match the media in your library with content available in iTunes and allow you to stream it to your devices wirelessly. (What happens if something you have isn't available in iTunes? Do you still need to sync it?)

    Apple is saying this process will only take minutes, not hours. All the content will be DRM free and have the same benefits of purchased music. Any songs will be matched and upgraded to 256kbps AAC DRM-free files.

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    iCloud replacing MobileMe, and it's Free

    MobileMe will no longer cost you $99. Actually, as of today, MobileMe will cease to exist at all. MobileMe It's being replaced by iCloud, which will consist of a collection of apps.

    iCloud will let you wirelessly sync all data to the cloud, as well as perform automatic daily backups from your device. This is going to come in very handy when getting a new iOS device.

    Are you excited about wireless backups and MobileMe being put to death, and iCould going free? Let us know.

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    Poll: Are you happy with iCloud?

    Are you happy with iCloud?Market Research

    After what seems like a years of speculation and months of rumors, Apple has finally shown us iCloud and... what do you think? Is it the perfect solution you've been waiting for, or did Apple once again prove they don't get the 'net?

    How does it compare to Amazon and Google's offerings for the stuff you want to do?

    Did they have you at "iCloud", will you try it out and see if they can win you over, or was it DOA to you?

    Vote in the poll and let me know what you really think in the comments!

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