Apple’s WWDC conference is fast approaching with the unveiling of Apple’s latest genius software, hardware, etc. With it starting on 6th June the countdown has begun with four days remaining. So here are my predictions which will round up all the rumours of what we are likely and not so likely to see at the WWDC conference on June 6th.

First off is the likely. Well for this one, certain. Mac OS X Lion will be unveiled. There has been a developers preview of this out for some time now and I have had a go on it and it is pretty nice. At that moment it was a little buggy but I’m sure Apple has fixed that. Apple say that it has the power of MAC OS X with the magic of iPad and to be fair it does have an iPad feel to it.

Lion is looking certain to be unveiled because Apple said last year that it would be available next summer and in Apple’s WWDC poster it says ‘ Join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X.

If you want more information on Mac OS X Lion click here to see my thoughts on it and some of the features it offers.

Next up is iOS 5. This also looks pretty certain because of the WWDC poster above and the fact that it had been released at this time of the year in the past years. iOS 5 needs to be revolutionary. Some people are getting bored with iOS and think it is stale. These people are turning to jailbreaking which Apple does not want to see. This is what I think will be in iOS 5/ What should be in iOS 5:

  • Widgets, click here to see the video about how widgets should be done in iOS 5. This would be great if they were integrated into iOS 5 and so we don’t have to rely on jailbreak developers to deliver for us.
  • Moving backgrounds, Maybe a moving wallpaper.
  • Speech Recognition, With Apple buying Nuance, a speech recognition company we may see this in iOS 5.
  • Better Multitasking
  • Integration with Mac, this is an interesting one as it would encourage people to buy a Mac and for non Mac users this feature just wouldn’t be used so it would be fine either way. A nice idea.
  • Better notifications
Just a couple of these features would be nice and to get about 5 would be a great improvement for iOS and allow it to take strides out in front of Android.
iCloud
iCloud, Apple taking things to the skies.
iCloud is Apple new cloud service to rival Google and Amazon. It is very likely that it will be unveiled at WWDC and will be one of the main products shown. From rumours this will take your music to the cloud allowing you to listen to any song from your library anywhere as you drag it down from the cloud. This will free up your flash hard drive on your iPhone, etc and allowing you to store more apps, etc. They might also be allowing TV Shows and Films to be stored on the cloud. Also MobileMe is rumoured to be going free which is great for everyone.
Final Cut Pro 10(X) , Apple will be showing off more features of this great piece of video software which will look a bit like iMovie with the high end editing options of Final Cut Pro. It will be available in the Mac App Store later in June.
Mac Pro, To go with the high end of things Apple may also be unveiling a new Mac Pro.
Now onto the Unlikely:
   This years WWDC is all about the software. This means that any hardware is unlikely to be unveiled. The Mac Pro is an exception as Apple may unveil some high end software and hardware to go with it. So any other Mac, iPod, iPad and the one, iPhone releases look very unlikely. There is only one hardware which last year everyone would have said that yeah we will see that next year in June, The iPhone 5/4S.
   However due to many rumours the iPhone 5 to see an unveiling at the WWDC seems very unlikely and would be a surprise to the world if this happened. The most likely date for when the iPhone 5 will be released is an Aug/Sep time which is when Apple unveil their latest iPods. Whether Apple mentions the iPhone or just misses it out altogether we will have to see.
   This time of the year is always exciting because of the WWDC and for E3 for those gamers. All information on what will be happening will be tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/up2dateApple, so go ahead and follow to get the latest and as with any Apple event there will be a round up of events here at up2dateapple.com throughout and after the event.
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