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Apple to showcase next generation software at WWDC 2011

Jonathan Morris
May 31, 2011

In a rather surprising move, Apple has spoken early about some of its key announcements to be made at the Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on Monday June 6th.

Of course, it’s what Apple isn’t saying that will most interest Apple fans. What Apple hasn’t mentioned is whether it will launch any new devices, such as the iPhone 5 or a mid-life refresh for the iPhone 4 that may just add a dual-core processor and a larger resolution camera, to merely keep things going until an all-new device in 2012.

Even though nobody knows for sure when the next iPhone will be announced, or what it will do, it hasn’t stopped loads of speculation on the net. What Mobile has tried to make things clearer with its own tongue-in-cheek guide to the next iPhone. Well, if everyone else is doing it…

What is certain is the launch of the next version of Mac OS X 10.7, aka ‘Lion’, along with the introduction of iOS 5 and the announcement of the new iCloud service – taking Apple ‘into the cloud’ with a new range of services that will include access to media, combined with the services already offered by MobileMe.

It’s also possible that Apple will announce updates to its ageing Mac Mini range, as well as the MacBook Air, to offer a choice of new processors. The price of the MacBook Air was recently cut slightly, prompting speculation that we could see new models on sale within weeks.

Mac OS X 10.7 will also integrate user interface features from iOS, but we’d like to hear Apple announce that users will be able to run iOS apps on a Mac. What Mobile has long wondered why iOS apps couldn’t run as an alternative to dashboard widgets, so we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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