Yup fellas, with just a little over 24 hours left for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2011, things are all beginning to shape up nicely. With numerous tech blogs having already made live blogging pages and developers chewing their nails in readiness for the event to begin, we make note of our own expectations from Apple, and what we think won’t be a part of the extravaganza. Lets first begin with things we already know:
1. Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’ – With a preview already given by Apple, there isn’t much to discuss about the next Mac OS i.e. Lion. In case you missed out on the preview, you can get all the info here.
2. iOS 5 – The next generation OS of Apple’s mobile devices iPhone and iPad, the iOS 5, is expected to have a number of improvements with regard to it’s notification system. iOS 5 is also expected to support widgets, while over-the-air (OTA) OS update and wireless syncing remain unsure. iOS 5 is also expected to have twitter integrated deeply into its OS.
3. iCloud – This new music locker service will let users store their purchases in the cloud. Apple has already signed deals with top music labels which together has cost Apple around $150 million. Apple also bought the domain icloud.com for a whopping $4.5million. It is rumored that this service will be free at the start but will cost $25 later on. Now the unsure Questions:
1. Will MobileMe disappear? – A lot of people have said that the iCloud service will be a complete package and will include all services provided by MobileMe plus music locker services. Some tech experts, on the other hand, suggest that iCloud will be an addition to the MobileMe services. Conclusion: Probability – 50%
2. A new iPhone? – A lot of tech guru’s have predicted that the iPhone 5 would launch in fall or maybe later, but some rumors have suggested that Apple will be launching an Apple iPhone 4S at this WWDC. But as far as I understand, it seems quite unlikely. Conclusion: Probability – 25%
3. New Macbook Air? – Of late, there has been a shortage in the supply of Macbook Airs. Also, best buy and many such shopping websites are giving away Macbook Air at a discounted rate. All this points to a new Macbook Air but seems quite unlikely. Conclusion: Probability – 35%
4. Will the Lion OS be downloadable via Mac App Store? – Every Mac app including iWork and iLife is now available on the Mac App store so I see no reason why the Lion OS won’t. Conclusion: Probability – 90%
These are just a few question covered but in reality there are a lot more (but having the most important ones covered above it seems like a good build up to the WWDC 2011. Isn’t it?)