A ccording to multiple sources, Apple will be focusing on their lineup of software rather than premiering a new iPhone series this year at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) on June 6th at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. This may come to people’s dismay as we probably wanted to hear about the new iPhone 5 release since it’s such a pattern at this conference. Also rumors going around about the iPad 3 which may be released combined with the new iOS 5.
If you haven’t heard by now, the next release of Mac OS is Lion and it takes the functionality of an iPad and incorporates that into the Mac OS in the form of the traditional iOS apps. The Mac App Store is a new functionality just like the App Store on the both the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch. They’ve also created conversational messaging in Mail 5, Resume — which is similar to hibernate on a PC, allowing the user to automatically save all of their work the way it is (kinda like taking a snapshot of your computer) then shutting it down. When you start up your computer, it comes back the way you left it, windows and all. It also comes with a bunch of other nifty features such as AirDrop, Gestures and Motion detection and Auto Save. More information on Mac OS Lion can be found here.
For the next version of iOS, it takes the dashboard which everyone barely uses and allows users to place their favorite widgets there. You can have a bunch of widgets on the left side of your home screen and your apps on the right. Popular widgets can include your social networking widgets such as Facebook and Twitter feeds. There is talk also about possible over-the-air upgrades which would allow software updates without a computer connection, revamped notification and widgets and the like.
Another hopeful item at WWDC would have to be Apple’s cloud based service (iCloud)…could it be possible rumors of iTunes on the cloud could come true? If they offer cloud based updates, would they also be able to offer cloud based backup services?
More About the Dev Conference
The Apple dev conference is truely a must attend event for any application developer and geek alike. One thing that keeps people from attending could be its $1,599 price tag — which doesn’t include travel, hotel and other expenses.
According to Apple, this year’s WWDC activities include:
• more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
• over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
• the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
• Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
I’d say, if you can afford the ticket, save up for next years conference since this year’s is SOLD OUT. Till next time everyone, take care!
Source: Digital Trends, Apple