WWDC 2011 rumours: iPhone 5 set to be announced?
Will the iPhone 5 be the star of the show?
This year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2011) which kicks off on June 6th in San Francisco, is just over a week away and Apple fanboy tounges will already be wagging over what the Cupertino company has in store.
Set to unveil "the future of iOS and Mac OS" the star of the show is still up for much debate. Will Apple finally venture into the iCloud? Are there new MacBook Airs in the offing? Will we get to see the iPhone 5?
We've taken a look at best of the WWDC rumour-mongering and speculation talk to try and piece together the key announcements primed for the big Apple conference.
Apple iCloud service
Talk of introducing a cloud music locker and streaming service dubbed 'iCloud' has intensified in recent months with Apple rumoured to have inked deals with major record lablels including Universal and EMI to help make the service a reality. Apple were also reported to have snapped up the domain name iCloud.com to become home to the music service, Amongst the features we can apparently look forward to, the iCloud music service will upgrade your low-quality tracks to a much higher bit-rate quality.
iPhone 5/iPhone 4S
There is of course still plenty of talk to suggest that we will see the next generation of the iPhone. The recent arrival of the white iPhone 4 has been argued as one of the reasons why the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S will be held back until September or even moved to the beginning of 2012. Our one thing though, could be the most crucial piece to the new iPhone puzzle...
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Steve Jobs returns
Currently on sick leave from the Cupertino company, Steve Jobs is expected to take the stage at this year's WWDC, and for those who know their Apple history well, when Jobs turns up it's almost a certainty that Apple is preparing to show off some hardware. So with Steve giving the keynote, here's hoping he has a big surprise in store.
The next major iOS upgrade could be primed for an WWDC unveiling with rumoured new features said to include revamped push notifications, a widget system simiiar to Dashboard found within the Mac OS, and an updated MobileMe, which is said to include digital locker skills, music and video streaming over the cloud and a new personal web space for each user. The big question is, will a new iPhone be there to accompany it?
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Mac OS X Lion
Previewed in autumn last year, the latest Mac OS update could be set for a major overhaul, notably in the UI department. There has plenty of talk about bringing ideas from iOS over to the Mac, and the new software is set to arrive with Launchpad, a feature that lets you swipe through multiple homescreens, as well as better full screen app support and beefed up Expose, dubbed Mission Control. It is also being suggested that users will be able to upgrade by purchasing Lion through the Mac App Store.
New MacBook Air models
If hardware is still on the agenda, and it's not going to be the iPhone 5/4S, Apple could well turn its attention to unveiling a new and improved MacBook Air. According to sources close to companies who build and assemble the MacBook Air, updated versions of both the 11.6 and 13.3-inch machines are getting Intel’s new Sandy Bridge chips and Apple’s much-trumpeted Thunderbolt tech. Word is that shipments of the new Apple devices will start at the end of the month, with Apple set to reveal all in June or July.
We know, the iPad 2 has literally just landed, but the third generation Apple tablet could be a lot closer than we anticipate. News sources in Taiwan claim that manufacturers have already begun work on parts for the iPad 3 but we imagine Apple's usual product cycle will scupper any possibility of an appearance. Amongst the rumoured specs for the next iPad a higher resolution screen is on the list, along with better front and rear-facing cameras and iOS 5 which is another item up for WWDC discussion.