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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will kick off Monday with a big keynote address from CEO Tim Cook and other top execs.We’ll be covering all the action live right here on SAI. The fun begins at 1 p.m. Eastern.
In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of what we’re expecting Apple to announce. There’s going to be a lot of focus on iOS 6, the next version of software for iPhones and iPads. We may also hear about new MacBooks with high-resolution displays. But there are always a few surprises. Keep reading to find out what you’ll likely see on Apple’s big day.
iOS 6 will probably be the biggest news maker at WWDC. The only thing we know for certain is that it's coming. It's likely iPhone and iPad developers will get a beta version of the software this so they can start writing apps in time for the launch.
Assuming Apple follows the same schedule it did last year with iOS 5, iOS 6 will be ready for the public to download this fall.
One of the key new features of iOS 6 will be a redesigned maps app. The app will no longer rely on Google for mapping information. Instead, everything will be handled with proprietary software from Apple.
Apple recently acquired a company called C3 Technologies, which makes super cool 3D maps. We're expecting those maps to be part of the maps app.
iOS 6 may include Facebook integration, according various recent reports. (iOS got Twitter integration last year.)
That likely means you'll be able to share links, photos, etc. without opening up the Facebook app.
Apple may also introduce a new look for the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes, according to some reports.
There's a strong chance Apple will make use of Chomp, a company it acquired a few months ago. Chomp generates app recommendations, making it easier for you to find the best ones.
The MacBook Pro is said to be getting a major refresh. It'll have a thinner design and possibly a high-resolution Retina display.
It's also possible Apple will introduce new MacBook Airs. The update could be minor, save for a Retina display like the one that may be coming to the MacBook Pro.
Apple released a developer beta version of the next Mac OS, Mountain Lion, a few months ago. We're expecting Apple to finalise all the details with Mountain Lion, including pricing and a release date.
Mountain Lion is an incremental update to the current version of OS X, called Lion. Mountain Lion will let you mirror your computer screen to your Apple TV, get notifications just like on iOS, and sync apps like Notes and Reminders to iCloud.
Apple will almost certainly add a few tweaks to icoud.com, including apps for Notes and Reminders, and iOS-like notifications for events like new emails.
These features leaked a few weeks ago in a preview of the new icloud.com.
It's rumoured that Apple will make photos more social, letting you upload them to your iCloud account. You can them swap and comment on photos with your friends. Think of it as an Apple version of Instagram.
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