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Apple To Unveil iOS 5, iCloud And OS X Lion Next Week

David Gilbert

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WWDC 2011

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.

WWDC 2011

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.

markc1728

May 31, 2011, 7:28 pm

My bet is that iCloud is going to be tied right into iOS 5. And wireless syncing would be my guess too.

I'd hope everyone, Apple fan or not, would be pleased to see Steve Jobs too.

Gk.pm

May 31, 2011, 8:32 pm

To me the combined keynote on OSX Lion and iOS 5 and iCloud will finally bring in a fully combined system from Apple.

Where before we could only sync our contact lists, calendars, emails, bookmarks, etc this one will bring the notion of app syncing. You'll be able to carry the current application state (like document you're editing, or article you're reading) among desktops and mobile devices.

A bit like what we can do with Google documents, but having the advantage of it all working for local apps (so able to work well offline, native interfaces, secure (not cloud) printing and all that)

Lantic

May 31, 2011, 9:03 pm

If the rumours are to be believed, the ability to create a replica of my music online (at a higher quality, potentially) without me having to spend days uploading it, will be a real time saver and may tempt me over to the Apple side. I just hope they don't "do a Google" and offer US only ... but that would be optimistic

savant

June 1, 2011, 1:04 am

This news is for next week, todays more exciting Apple's press release is about "Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users"
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/05/31iwork.html

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