Today Apple confirmed that this year's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is set to take place in San Francisco between June 11th and June 15th, which means three key things...
Tech sites will gear up for a slew of 'i'-related announcements, geeks the world over will be prepping their wallets in anticipation and the industry will sit in wait for the inevitable financial spike that comes in the aftermath of such a key event in the technology calendar. But what is Apple actually planning to unveil?
Main keynote aside, Apple is promising a lot of activity on the conference floor including hands-on opportunities with new software and hardware, hundreds of technical sessions and the Apple Design Awards showing off the latest and greatest apps available for iOS and OS X.
Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller said “We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers. The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”
As well as more information on OS X Mountain Lion, the latest update to the company's desktop operating system, we'll likely find out more about where iOS is headed. We think it's likely Apple will announce a new significant upgrade to iOS - perhaps iOS 6? The last significant upgrade was last at WWDC last year with iOS 5.1 was announced.
Of course all of these extra elements play second fiddle to the real reason behind WWDC, the keynote. Apple's legendary keynotes may still be sore from the loss of iconic presenter and former CEO Steve Jobs, but many expect his replacement, Tim Cook, to take to the stage sporting the latest iPhone intend on rocking the mobile industry yet again.
We've already considered which rumours may hold some water with regards to an iPhone 5, but one thing we're doubtful of is that it'll make an appearance in June. More likely, Apple will hold off unleashing their newest smartphone until September/October time, as has happened with previous iterations of the device, namely the iPhone 4S.