Apple has long been known for keeping its latest announcements under tight wraps until they are good and ready to unveil to the world but today at least, it has given us a heads-up as to what we can expect at next week’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.
In a statement released today, Apple revealed that Steve Jobs and Co. would be talking about Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud at the opening keynote address of WWDC on Monday next, 6 June. Mac OS X 10.7 or Lion is Apple’s latest version of its desktop software, which developer’s have had the chance to have a look at since February this year. In terms of iOS 5, little is known about what is going to be added to the current iPhone and iPad software. While previously WWDC has been used to reveal the latest iPhone hardware, it is believed that this year’s event will be focusing on software only, with no new iPhone announcement.
The mention of iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering, is the first official confirmation that this is what the service will be called. At the end of April, we reported on the fact that the icloud.com domain name had been purchased by an anonymous company for $4.5 million. In recent weeks reports suggested that Apple had signed deals with a couple of major record labels and was in line to tying up other deals – and that now seems to have been the case. Knowing Apple’s love of having a complete service ready to show off, we suspect that Apple’s iCloud service will be more fully-featured than Google and Amazon’s recent offerings.
The presence of Steve Jobs will no doubt please many, particularly Apple fans, as he has been rarely seen since he took a medical leave of absence last January. The keynote kicks off at 6pm BST next Monday evening and we’ll bring you all the details as they are announced.