I think Federico’s article is not as wild of an opinion piece as it sounds. All this week at WWDC the idea that “iCloud is the operating system” was a common conversation I had with people. For one, on those big banners in the Moscone lobby — where it said “Lion + iOS 5 + iCloud = WWDC” — Apple placed iCloud on the same level as its two operating systems. And secondly, think about this:

  • Lion will be distributed via the Mac App Store — just like a Mac app.
  • iOS 5 will be updated and maintained over the air — just like an iOS app.

And so, if iCloud is the operating system then it’s almost as if Lion and iOS 5 have become a type of app. It’s an interesting and exciting time to be a nerd.

iCloud Is The Operating System