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


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In just three days, Steve Jobs will take the stage at San Francisco Moscone Center and kick off this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC. In so doing, he’ll announce new software, new products and end months of speculation about the new iPhone, iOS 5, iCloud music streaming and OS X Lion.

Here’s Cult of Mac’s complete overview of what we’re expecting to hear about at this year’s WWDC.

iOS 5

Voice Recognition: Back in 2010, Apple purchased Siri, a company which used Nuance’s speech recognition technologies. It is thought that Apple will deeply bake voice recognition tech into iOS, perhaps so deeply that any text-entry field will support voice recognition with just the tap of a button.

Twitter Integration: iOS 5 is likely to support at least the ability to share photos via Twitter, but evidence is mounting that Twitter has been baked so deeply into iOS 5’s DNA that it amounts to getting Apple’s foot in the door of social networking. Our guess? Apple will use iOS 5 Twitter integration to compete with Foursquare. Either way, we expect a lot in regards to Apple and Twitter from this uear’s WWDC.

Notifications and Widgets: With iOS 5, Apple is rumored to roll out a completely revamped notifications system and a new feature: widgets. Widgets could function like OS X Dashboard widgets, or they could be similar to Windows Phone 7’s tile approach, in which an app icon can also be animated and interactive, allowing a weather app icon to show the day’s forecast on the homescreen. Here’s how iOS 5’s new notifications and widgets might work.

iCloud integration: Using iCloud, you’ll be able to sync iOS data to the cloud, as well as stream your home iTunes media library to your iPhone or iPad over the net without syncing them into local storage first.

Location-aware iCal: Got a flight to catch? In iOS 5, an iCal alarm could take note of your location, combine that with the route to the airport and tell you you need to leave in ten minutes if you want to be on time. This one’s a big question mark, but we’ve heard from our own source it’s coming… if not in iOS 5, then in iOS 6.

Past Compatibility iOS 4 left the original iPhone back in the dust, and we expect the same thing this time. The iPhone 3GS will no longer be supported by iOS 5.

Overhauled Game Center: Supposedly, Game Center will become even more Xbox Live like with iOS 5, improving upon the service’s matchmaking capabilities. All we’ve heard are background rumblings on this one, but keep an eye out.

Release: iOS 5 will likely be available as a developer preview shortly after WWDC, but don’t expect to see it on your own iPhone until September, when Apple will release iOS 5 along with the new iPhone and iPod Touch.

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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,, 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 
    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


  • 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 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?