Starting Monday, June 11th the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) goes into full swing, lasting until Friday, June 15th. The WWDC is open to developers who have a paid developer account with Apple.
Rumors about what will be unveiled at the conference run rampant during the weeks leading up to the event. Some of the rumors that were going around the internet for this years WWDC were a first look at the iPhone 5 and a look at the new version of iOS, iOS 6. There is also some talk about Apple announcing that Retina Display, which is what they call the screen resolution on the “i” products that has a high resolution making things looks clearer, will be shipping on their new MacBooks.
However, while there may be a few announcements about hardware from Apple it looks like a majority of the conference is going to deal with the unleashing of iOS 6. It is anybody’s guess what will actually be included in the release on Monday.
Some of the additions, people are expecting, to the new operating system are an integrated feature for Facebook. With a possibility of being able to have your Facebooks events end up in the calendar program in iOS and also, though highly unlikely, have iMessages be compatible with Facebook Chat. It also appears as though iCloud will be incorporated heavily into iOS 6.
There are a few questions as to whether or not Apple is finally going to release an API for Siri finally, allowing developers to add Siri enabled commands to the apps they build for the iPhone. Also will they add Siri for the iPad, it seems unlikely that Siri will be included in the iPad yet though because it is still in Beta at the moment.
One other change that may take affect in iOS is Apple getting rid of Google Maps and having their own map system for the updated iOS version. It is thought that this may happen because of the recent acquisitions of mapping technology Apple has made. So it just makes sense to keep this in house instead of using technology from acompetitor such as Google.
We will soon find out the actual details though of this coming weeks announcements when the keynote address is delivered. Which is scheduled for 10am Pacific Time and will be live blogged on several technology websites.
Apple Website, Apple Worldwide Developer Conference
Casey Johnston, “What’s expected at WWDC: iOS 6, Mountain Lion, and new hardware”, Ars Technica
Jordan Crook, “WWDC iOS 6 Rumors: What to Expect, Reject, and Wish For”, TechCrunch
Jesus Diaz, “Apple iOS 6: What’s Needed, What’s Coming”, Gizmodo