Whilst WWDC’11 is just a day away, there has been a few interesting things that caught many people’s attention this week. First of all, Apple has announced a press release informing us that Steve Jobs will be presenting in this years WWDC event, held at Moscone West – San Francisco, revealing the next generation of Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud. Now, what’s interesting about this is that Apple usually never tells us what they are going to talk about in their keynotes, however, this year they have told us about that. And not only that, they have also informed us about their new cloud based service called iCloud, already revealing a new service before the keynote – something that Apple has never done before.
Apple has also recently updated their iWork suite for iOS, now enabling the ability to run iWork on the iPhone and iPod touch. They have also introduced new features such as organizing files into folders within each app. Even though this update is a huge update, Apple has decided not to announce it in WWDC, and instead, release it beforehand.
Why could this be? Well, we don’t know yet. But what we do know is that this years WWDC is going to be packed to the gills with software. Software, software, software. We already know about Mac OS X Lion, since it has been previewed last year along with many beta releases. iOS 5 is also due to be previewed – however release dates are speculated to be in the fall of this year. Apple might even surprise us with an early release of Lion, straight after the keynote.
On the mobile side, iOS 5 has not yet been previewed meaning that it is not ready for public release yet. This might also mean that there is a possible chance that the rumored iPhone 5 will not be announced in WWDC. However, since iCloud (the name) has already been announced, could the iPhone 5 be the “One more thing” ? We have to wait and see.
Lastly, iCloud. Many have predicted that this cloud based service could be the “iTunes in the cloud”. Meaning that we can store out entire music (and video) library up in the cloud. This would prevent us from worrying about losing our library even when our computer breaks down. However, it would be slightly disappointing if this online music storage is the only feature of iCloud. Many pundits have said that iCloud is going to be a replacement of the current MobileMe service, that is widely hated as its service tends to be slow, inefficient and costly (for $99 a year). Steve Jobs himself has also criticized the MobileMe team as he thought it was just a total rubbish (from the Fortune Magazine). If iCloud was to replace MobileMe, all the features of MobileMe might be improved, as well as the introduction of new features such as the over-the-air updates and backups for their iOS devices.
Whatever the “One more thing” could be (if there is one), we do not believe that Apple will announce new products such as the iPhone 5 and the MacBook lines. However, we do think that they will discuss extensively about their iCloud service and also integrate Time Machine/Time Capsule into it. Many have reported that Apple’s Time Capsule is low in stock, hinting us that there might be a whole new Time Capsule integration with iCloud.
Here is a video of myself talking about my final predictions of WWDC:
Here is my video of the iWork update for iOS:
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About the Author: Kenta Arai is a tech enthusiast who was born in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. His passion towards technology began to develop as he grew up in Hong Kong, where technology had its solid place in the mass market. Arai became one of the most enthusiastic technophile student in his high-school, and was also well-known for consulting many of his school-mates when purchasing new computers. His expertise in the tech industry is focused on Apple Inc. and Google Inc.