iOS 6 Release Date Set For June? WWDC Timing Confirmed

Apple has confirmed that WWDC will happen between June 11 and 15 this year and, as the iPhone 5 is unlikely to launch this early, iOS 6 will probably provide the big announcement for the conference.

WWDC is Apple’s annual developer conference, set to kick off this year on June 11 in San Francisco. Last year, the conference was used to launch iOS 5, the last major shake-up for the iPhone operating system. In traditional Apple fashion, we don’t yet know what updates will feature in iOS 6, but with iOS 5 having provided some functionality sorta-nicked from its rival Android – in the shape of the pull-down notifications system – we’re hoping for more of the same.
Although WWDC has in the past been used to out new iPhones, it’s somewhat unlikely the iPhone 5 (or potentially “new iPhone”) will appear at the conference. The iPhone 4S was only released in October 2011, and Apple could be seen as shooting itself in the foot by releasing its successor just eight months later. Not only because the iPhone 4S has proved wildly successful – it would also leave many an iPhone 4S-owning Apple fan feeling slightly miffed. You want your £500 phone to stay top dog for at least 12 months, right?

On its WWDC teaser web page, Apple virtually admits that new versions of both the Mac OS X and iOS will be shown off at the conference. It’s described as “a first look at the latest in iOS and OS X, with more than 100 sessions and labs with Apple engineers.” Is there a particular feature you want to see added to either the iPhone or Mac OS? Let us know in the comments.

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