Apple Teases WWDC 2011 Details: Steve Jobs to Speak, iCloud to Be Unveiled
This morning, Apple put out a press release detailing some of what we’ll see at WWDC 2011, the developers’ conference which will take place from June 6 through June 10. While the iPhone 4 was announced at WWDC 2010, at this point, it’s being taken as gospel in the tech press that we will not see an iPhone 5/iPhone 4GS/whatever you want to call the next-gen iPhone at this year’s WWDC, and will have to wait for a late summer or fall reveal. But there’s still some potentially interesting stuff in store:
CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.
The OS X Lion and iOS demos aren’t particularly surprising, since this is after all a developers’ conference, and developers need to know something about the operating systems they’re working with to build much of anything useful. The big question mark, though, is iCloud: Though its existence has been rumored for a long time, as Wired’s Charlie Sorrel points out, it is highly unusual for Apple to preannounce a product release. So what will we get? Streaming iTunes (finally), DropBox killer, or something else entirely?