Sorry that this post is a little late, but I want to cover the three big announcements from last week’s WWDC. I have had several projects going on at work, which I will discuss in subsequent posts later this week. Of course, the 3G iPhone was formally announced, as widely expected. It not only includes 3G capability, but it also has GPS built-in and will support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSynch. It will be available on July 11th in over 70 countries. Best of all, Apple has reduced the price to $199 for the 8 GB model and $16 GB model.
Apple also announced its MobileMe service, which is a repackaged and improved version of .Mac. This new service, described as "Exchange for the rest of us," uses "push" technology to give users the ability to synchronize their email, calendar, and contacts across multiple computers. It also makes that information available via a web interface, and it provides a large iDisk online storage area too. MobileMe will be available in early July and will cost $99 per year for a single user or $149 per year for a five user family pack.
Finally, Apple provided developers with information about Mac OS X 10.6, called "Snow Leopard." Instead of an overhaul, this release is expected to focus on performance rather than new features. Expected to ship sometime in late 2009, Snow Leopard aims to deliver "a new generation of core software technologies that will streamline Mac OS X, enhance its performance, and set new standards for quality. Snow Leopard dramatically reduces the footprint of Mac OS X, making it even more efficient for users, and giving them back valuable hard drive space for their music and photos."
Source: "WWDC 2008 Keynote: iPhone 3G, 2.0 Firmware, SDK, MobileMe, 10.6 Hints" published at MacRumors.com