What can we can expect at WWDC 2012?

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iOS 6

     This is a certain. Apple have put up banners at the Moscone West centre, where the event will be held showing the iOS 6 app icon. What is iOS 6 going to include? Well Apple is going to focus on updating its stock applications which will come as a welcome and needed change. Hopefully it looks different slightly as a new and fresh design is also wanted by many and widgets of some sort would be great. Apple will get rid of Google Maps and have their own version which will include 3D maps, Siri should come for iPad and Facebook integration, just like Twitter.

OS X Mountain Lion

Again Apple have put up banners to let us know that they will be showing Mountain Lion at WWDC. This latest update to the Operating System for Macs tries to incorporate many iOS features and apps into the desktop and laptop software. What we’ve already seen from Mountain Lion is Notifications Center, Notes Application, Reminders application, Messages – a replacement for iChat and like the iOS app, Share sheets, not taken from iOS but it essentially allows you to share everything, everywhere. The last app taken from iOS is Game Center but also Twitter gets integration into Mac OS X just like it has in iOS. Gatekeeper allows you to control your security on your Mac more. AirPlay mirroring allows you to, if you have an Apple TV, stream you Mac screen to your TV wirelessly and of course everything application is synced perfectly with iCloud to allow you to have a seamless experience between your Mac and your iOS device. Also Safari 6 will make an appearance.

New Macbook Pros

New Macbook Pros are extremely likely. We are expecting thinner, lighter Macbook Pros which have a Retina Display, 3 USB 3.0 ports, no optical drive and no ethernet port.

There will be no 17″ model and courtesy of 9to5mac.com these will probably be the specs:

  • 13.3 inch: 2.5GHz dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
  • 13.3 inch: 2.9GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive
  • 15.4 inch: 2.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive
  • 15.4 inch: 2.6GHz quad core processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive (BTO upgrades to 2.7GHz quad core and 1TB HD will be available)

New iMacs

Probably nothing special, just a routine upgrade with better specs for the price, maybe a Retina Display.

New Mac Pros

An update to the Mac Pro has been coming since it has not been updated for two years. The time between updates for the Mac Pro is getting longer which may suggest that Apple are slowly phasing out the Mac Pro, but not yet. Three new models of the Mac Pro will be released, two normal, one a server configuration.

  • Normal configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
  • Normal configuration: 2.4GHz 12-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.
  • Server configuration: 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, Two 1TB hard drives

What we’re not gonna see:

“New” iPhone / iPhone 5

There have been many rumours flying around recently about the iPhone 5, primarily about the design of phone. WWDC has been traditionally where Apple unveil its next generation iPhone but that tradition was broken last year when they released the iPhone 4S in Autumn last year and that seems like the date for the next iPhone. Check out this video below to see what maybe the iPhone 5:

This could just be a mockup made by etradesupply to get some attention but it does tie in with an earlier image leaked of the supposed iPhone 5 back panel from 9to5mac.com.

iPad Mini

We don’t even know if Apple is going to release this even though they probably have 7″ iPads in the top offices.

Apple Television Set

The elusive Apple Television Set has had no confirmation apart from Steve Jobs saying that they were working on one. Now is not the time for Apple to unveil this beast. Great concept below though:

New iPods

An update to the iPod range usually occurs in September or October, around the time of the iPhone release. Maybe Apple has swapped over the release dates of the iPhone and the iPods but it is unlikely. They are not in dire need of an update so Apple will not supply one at the moment.

Apple TV Gaming?

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The Apple TV is quite popular and with gaming added it could be a must buy. In the iOS 4.3 beta for Apple TV there are hints at gaming coming to Apple TV. There are references to ‘ATVGames’ and ‘ATVThunder’. Many people play games on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and Game Center is still growing so games on the Apple TV would be popular. However there is only 8GB of storage on the current, second generation, Apple TV and 8gig is not enough to play proper games on. Apple have two options, add more GB or stream games to your TV. As this i still not confirmed streaming seems the more likely option. The other problem is the controller. You obviously can’t use the current remote/controller so there will either be a new controller or use iPhones/iPod Touches as remote and connect via Wi-Fi.

Games on the Apple TV has potential but only if they do it right but its Apple so they will.