Pre-WWDC 2012 News Roundup

 

iOS 6

credit: Wired

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is almost here, and the Cupertino company is expected to bring in some new announcements. There’s been a lot in the last week as far as rumors and speculation go, so it’s time to take a look at what we’ve been hearing.

Some of these are no-brainers, some are things we’ve already heard about and others are a bit out there, but seem entirely possible. Read on, friends.

1) iOS 6

We know we are going to hear something about iOS 6. Heck, Apple has banners up for it at the Moscone. We’ve already heard numerous times that there is a new Map app, but what else does the next iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system have for us? Expect a release date for sure. We are guessing early October, just in time for the iPhone 5.

MacBook Air

Is the next MacBook Pro super-thin?

2) Thinner MacBook Pro

This one may be the big show reveal. Aesthetically, the MacBook Pro hasn’t changed much in the past several years. It’s the same unibody construction it’s had for some time. However, rumors point to a much thinner MacBook Pro. Something more along the lines of the MacBook Air, but with the power of Apple’s professional line of computers.

3) Retina Display Macs

The Retina Display is now making its way to all of Apple’s devices. First, it was the iPhone 4, then the iPod touch. This year it was the iPad. Starting this week, it may hit the Mac. It’s all rumor and speculation for now, but Apple has been bringing the Retina display to all of their other devices, and this may be next. Whether it will be part of computers like the iMac yet, or just their laptops for now is unclear. We will find out for sure this week.

4) More iCloud News

Apple also has some iCloud-related announcements in store. This is also indicated by the banners at the Moscone. We heard about photo sharing. Looks like this is where we may see some real announcements regarding that.

5) OS X Mountain Lion

We are likely to see some more features of OS X Mountain Lion,  (10.8) as well as some iOS 6 and iCloud integration. Most importantly, expect a release date and price to be announced. We’re guessing the Lion price of $29.99, and a release either late this month or mid-July.

 

What Are You Hoping to Hear?

What are you hoping to hear from this year’s WWDC? Hardware announcements? Software announcements? All of the above? Let us know in the comments.

 

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