Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a busy week showing where his company is headed.
As expected, Jobs kicked off the week by announcing an online storage service called iCloud that's designed to make it simple to wirelessly share music, e-mail, photos, calendars, and other data between handheld gadgets and desktop computers.
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The company also revealed details of its upcoming desktop operating system, Mac OS X Lion. When it launches later this year, Lion will come with support for multitouch gestures, including tap-to-zoom, two-finger swiping, and more. The company also talked about a new Lion feature called AirDrop, which allows users to see friends on their network and transfer files to them within the same pane.
Apple also plans to release in the fall a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 5, which will include more than 200 new features. The most important update is the addition of Notification Center. The service aggregates all updates into a single location for people to find out about new text messages, missed calls, and other notifications.
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After WWDC, Jobs went before the city council in Cupertino, Calif., to pitch plans to build a new corporate campus across town from its headquarters at Infinite Loop Drive. On a parcel of land acquired from Hewlett-Packard, Apple plans to construct an enormous four-story, circular building in which 12,000 people will be employed--a building Jobs described as resembling a "spaceship."
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