WWDC 2011 was the last Apple event to host Steve Jobs. Since then, Apple has continued to conquer new markets by releasing only unique products: the continuation of the series in the form of the iPhone 4S last fall, the new iPad 3 with Retina display and 1080P Apple TV this spring.
WWDC 2012 will feature major updates to Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems, new cloud sync methods, and other exciting innovations.
At the moment, there are a huge number of rumors about WWDC and I want to believe that most of them are really true. For about a month, information about Apple's new products gradually seeped into the World Wide Web, and today you can already have a clear idea of the future conference before your eyes.
For more convenient navigation through the reviews of new products from Apple, the information is divided into 4 blocks: iOS 6, iCloud upgrades, OS X Mountain Lion and Mac upgrades.
IOS 5.0 has had the largest set of changes since its inception in mid-2007. This major software release introduced the world to iCloud, the iMessage platform, iOS Twitter integration, Notification Center, Kiosk app, and many other unique features.
IOS 6 does not seek to surpass IOS 5 in the number of new features and applications, but, on the contrary, it will be an improved version of the easiest-to-use operating system for a smartphone, mobile media player, and also a tablet from Apple.
The look and feel of IOS 6 won't be much different from IOS 5. A grid of app shortcuts, notifications, a multitasking bar, a personal assistant Siri - all this was in iOS 5. So, what's new?
Replacing Google Maps with Apple's own maps app is a landmark moment in the company's history. After important purchases from the mapping companies, Apple will finally unveil its vision of the world and the Maps application will give iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners the full beauty of 3D mapping technology.
Following Twitter, Facebook will now be fully integrated into iOS.
Apple recognized the power of fast-growing social networks, so it integrated Twitter into iOS 5. It is rumored that Apple actually wanted to integrate Facebook back into iOS 4, and then launch the feature alongside the iPhone 4 in 2010. Negotiations between Apple and Facebook were not very productive then, and soon they had to be postponed indefinitely.
At WWDC-2012, according to reliable sources, Apple will announce the full integration of Facebook into iOS 6. It is noted that the integration, as in the case of Twitter, will be especially applied by users in the field of photography. Sources also say that Facebook will use Apple to improve the interconnection of some functions from the App Store, which will give iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users even more comfort when working with a fully integrated social networking service. The Like Facebook icon will be part of iTunes, App Store, and iBookstore in the new iOS 6.
Perhaps iOS 6 will resemble exactly this concept from designer Joost Van Der Ree:
IOS 6 will also target the Chinese market. Apple has been interested in the Chinese market for a long time, and by including the Chinese search engine Baidu in the operating system, it will be easy to conquer this market.
Siri will not only be used on the iPhone. The exclusive rights to use Siri since its launch in October have only allowed the service to run on the iPhone 4S, but Apple will provide support for the Personal Assistant and iPad this fall. The basic concepts of the iPad will not be violated, and Siri will only take up part of the screen in use mode, there will be no full-screen scan of the program.
Naturally, the presence of 3D maps from Apple, various system improvements, Facebook integration and Siri support in the iPad can add novelties to iOS, however, these are not the same fundamental changes compared to those presented in iOS 5.
There is also unconfirmed information that the Apple TV set-top box will be a separate application that will be used on Apple products running iOS 6.
The iCloud service, which was unveiled at last year's WWDC, was a huge success for Apple. At WWDC-2012, Apple is expected to introduce some iCloud updates. According to sources, Apple will open a new beta of iCloud to developers, which includes a new iCloud site built to handle notes and reminders in web apps. It also became known that Apple will improve the photo sharing service with social elements, as well as modernize the download of streaming video. In addition, Apple is working on a video service that syncs content between iOS and Mac OS X devices.
OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Lion, which was officially unveiled at last year's WWDC, has become the interface between Mac OS and the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch OS. OS X Mountain Lion will add some iOS 5 features this year, such as iMessage, Notification Center, Game Center, AirPlay, and more. The new Mac OS X includes priority VIP emails, the ability to quickly turn on and off notification and alert banners, and a new iCloud feature that syncs the list of tabs across all iOS devices. These three new system features will be in both iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion.
Apple introduced OS X Mountain Lion in February this year to give developers the ability to create apps that are supported by the new OS. Apple has never released official public information about OS X Mountain Lion, so we think Apple will use WWDC time to do so.
Most likely, at the upcoming conference, Apple will release the next generation MacBook Pro. The updated MacBook Pro will include a slim design, high-resolution Retina display and USB 3.0. In terms of slim design, it will not be the same as the thin MacBook Air.
At the moment, there are two different opinions regarding the list of updates for the Mac lineup.
- new Mac Pros: 2 standard models and one server room - new MacBook Air: 2 new 11-inch models, 2 new 13-inch models (probably with Retina display) - new generation 15-inch MacBook Pros: 2 configurations, Retina display View 2:
- New Mac Pro: 2 standard models, one server model - New MacBook Air: 2 new 11-inch models, 2 new 13-inch models (with Retina display) - New generation 15-inch MacBooks Pro: 2 configurations, Retina display - new iMac: two 21.5 "configurations, two 27" configurations As you can see, Apple will release an update for four lines of computers running Mac OS X.
In any case, regardless of Apple's decision to update its lineup of computers, WWDC-2012 will be a landmark event for Apple fans, and for those who want to buy a new laptop or just get acquainted with Apple products. We will keep you updated on all events happening at WWDC. Stay with us!