The Cult of Mac Super Guide To What To Expect At WWDC 2011 [Feature]

Other Stuff: iPhone 4S, Time Capsules, iTunes 11, MacBook Air, Etc.

The Cult of Mac Super Guide To What To Expect At WWDC 2011 [Feature]

iPhone 4S/iPhone 5: There’s an outside chance this could be Apple’s “one more thing,” but we doubt it. Apple’s taken pains to let people know that WWDC is going to focus on software, not hardware… they wouldn’t do that for a cheap fake-out. Besides, Apple just released a ‘new’ iPhone in April with the white iPhone 4… a new iPhone just three months later risks pissing off millions of customers who just signed contracts. Expect the next iPhone in September instead.

Updated Time Capsules: New reports are suggesting that new Time Capsules with larger storage capacities will integrate with iCloud. In addition, they will keep track of the Apple devices that connect to them and then cache official updates for them in the background, so that the next time plug in your iPhone or iPad or reboot your Mac, the latest software is ready to be installed. Even better? They’ll run iOS on A5 CPUs like the second-gen AppleTV.

iTunes 11: We haven’t heard anything specifically about this, but it makes sense: iCloud’s ability to scan-and-match your music library into the cloud is a radical addition to Apple’s media managing software… so radial it can’t be done in a simple point update. Expect a new version of iTunes to drop at WWDC, probably with a new icon.

New MacBook Airs: Supply of current MacBook Airs is running low, and it’s strongly tipped that new models with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt will pop up after WWDC.

Anything we missed? Anything you think we’re dead wrong about? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Graham Stevens

    New AppleTV (A5 chip) with wireless of mirroring iPad2? 

    Think gaming, browsing etc, all on the TV??? Using the iPad/iPhone4S

  • Doug Bursnall

    Update to time capsule = wireless syncing… well maybe.

  • jordanhuxley

    MacBook Air missing … Rumors suggest it will be the one more thing …

  • brownlee

    Really good one that we forgot. Thanks! Updating.

  • Drinktofit

    nice one. but why, oh why is everything these days just about consumer stuff? any predictions on iWork ’11/’12, iWork.com, Aperture 3.5, Logic Studio, or maybe MacPro? One could expect that the new OS is accompanied by new applications, right? 
    Any investigation (!) on what new features or applications within iWork could be? 
    Guys hit us with something that hasn’t been predicted over and over again by you and the other blogs. Please.

  • jacobdaniel

    “In fact, a recent Snow Leopard update made it possible to upgrade a user’s system via the Mac App Store.”

    When was this update released?  I remember reading about it, but the only update that I’ve gotten was the security patch for MacDefender. 

  • dale2000

    Oh Mr. Jobs, please separate the functions of handling all iOS devices, movies, music and even purchasing of media into different software packages.  iTunes = iBloated and the gas is killing me.

  • Swwiley

    What about applescript?!? that’s one of my favorite pieces of MacOS, I’ve been wanting on my iphone ever since I got one :/

  • TheMacAdvocate

    It’s too soon to dump the 3GS altogether. I think it’ll be thrown into the same “limited feature set” bucket that the 3G was thrown into when iOS 4 was released. Aside from the timing being about the same (the 3GS is 2 years behind iOS 5 as the 3G was 2 years behind iOS 4), AT&T is still featuring it prominently in its advertising. It just doesn’t feel like something Apple would do. 

  • Swwiley

    oh yes onemorething:

    the macbook air will be risc based, not intel based

  • Mondetrotter

    What about existing MobileMe customers that won’t expire yet. Will they just upgrade to the iCloud at no charge or pro-rated?

  • Anonymous

    No chance.

  • François-Xavier Beaulieu

    any news on new mac mini?  I want a price drop or a worthy upgrade for the same price.  

    I feel like apple should have another hardware event some products are getting outdated like the mac mini 
    macbook
    iPod classic
    iPod nano

  • Mike Rathjen

    So in the name of less bloat you want to launch 14 separate applications to manage your media and sync your iDevice? No thanks.

    iTunes can definitely use some improvements, but splitting it up is not one of them. In fact, I wish iBooks would be added to iTunes.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Intel’s Sandybridge server CPUs are not ready for Mac Pro yet, so if there is an update it will be a small one such as processor speed bump, maybe more memory, bigger hard drive, faster video. MAYBE lightpeak, but probably not, since that would require redesign of the logic board, which I am sure they are saving for Sandybridge.

  • brownlee

    Agreed. Absolutely zero chance of this. In the entire world. I’ll eat my hat if it happens.

  • Mariano Iannuzzi

    iWork!

  • brownlee

    Agreed. iTunes needs to be rewritten from the ground up, not frickin’ split into a million apps.

  • droo

    Apple TV3

  • dale2000

    14 might be a bit extreme, I was thinking more in the ballpark of 4.

    As a case in point: Why on earth would you want to use the same interface for browsing books as you would music?  Look at how iTunes, Music and iBooks differ on iOS devices.  That’s what I want.

  • Anders

    If Apple were to release an overhauled, revamped and fully functional iwork.com as part of of the iCloud launch, and release iWork ’11 for Windows as a companion, it’d open the doors to widespread enterprise adoption for Apple and effectively be a bullet between Microsoft’s eyes. I’m half expecting it, although it seems few has had the same thought so far. Maybe this’ll be this year’s One More Thing..?

  • Michael

    WHAT?! What about them kicking off the free iPod Touch/printer for students this summer? Are they not doing that promotion?

  • Mario Vega Adauy

    it´s not released yet.

  • Matthew Griffin

    There is absolutely no chance that iCloud will function as a digital locker for music. If you didn’t purchase it through iTunes, it will not be available from the cloud.

    As far as the music labels are concerned, if you didn’t purchase it from iTunes, you pirated it.

  • josh1314

    OH NO! That’s it! I’m remembering this: June 2011 – the first time the words “iOS 6″ were used, along with “iPhone 5″ last summer, “iPhone 4″ in September 2009, and OS X 10.6 in early 2008.

  • Stephen Gibson Agnew

    You missed: Support for more than 12 apps in a folder in iOS5

  • Matt

    BTW… Surely the “tracking abilities” on OS X based computers will be called “Find My Mac”. Conversely, “Back to my Mac” already exists, has been available for years, and relates to file sharing and Screen Sharing over the Internet.

  • josh1314

    It doesn’t really need to be split up, but there is a lot of great ways Apple could do it – 1: Put iTunes store in the cloud. Sign in, and it’ll download in iTunes next time you open it up. 2: Unified app store for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, splitting that out of iTunes. 3: Separate app for iTunes and iTunes Store.

  • AustinMalherbe

    Awesome thought!

  • AustinMalherbe

    Don’t you think uploaded CD’s will fly? Or music bought from Amazon?

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