Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference 2012 starts tomorrow. It kicks off with the Keynote at 10:00 am PST at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco.
As usual, we’ve heard severals rumors and speculations leading up to the event, which indicate that it will be a cracking WWDC this year (assuming they turn out to accurate). In this article, we take a look at what to expect at the WWDC 2012.
The WWDC 2012 banners that Apple has put up at the Moscone West Center have confirmed that Apple will definitely be talking about: iOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion and iCloud.
The placement of the iOS 6 banner at Moscone West Center clearly shows that iOS 6 is the most important thing that Apple will be discussing (not surprisingly) at the event. Here’s the list of rumored iOS 6 features:
- New 3D Maps app
- Facebook Integration
- Siri for iPad
- Redesigned iTunes Store, App Store and iBookstore
- Silver-Colored theme
You can also check out our roundup of iOS 6 features for the complete details.
OS X Mountain Lion:
Apple will also talk about OS X Mountain (OS X 10.8) – the ninth and the next major version of OS X. Apple had released the developer preview of Mountain Lion in February, which includes over 100 new features.
OS X Mountain Lion includes a number of popular apps and features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring from iPad.
We expect Apple to announce the release date of OS X Mountain Lion at the event.
The third banner at the Moscone West Center indicates that Apple has some new features and improvements to announce for iCloud – Apple’s cloud based service, which was launched back in October with iPhone 4S and iOS 5. Here’s the list of rumored features:
- New iCloud features and improvements
- iCloud Tabs, Mail VIPs, “Do not Disturb” toggle
The leaked part numbers have revealed Apple may be gearing up to refresh nearly its entire Mac product line, which includes MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iMacs, Mac Pros. According to one report, WWDC 2012 might be the biggest simultaneous launch of new Macs in Apple’s history.
According to rumors, the new MacBook Pros will be thinner, come with Retina Display and Intel’s latest generation IVY Bridge processors. It remains to be seen if Apple will unveil the new Macs at the event.
There have been rumors (1, 2), which indicate that Apple will release SDK for Apple TV OS so that third-party developers can build apps for Apple TV and the rumored Television set that is expected to be launched at the end of this year.
It could also explain the reason for the higher number of to-be-announced sessions at the WWDC this year. Apple will probably be using those sessions to show developers how to create beautiful and feature-rich apps for Apple TV, which will ultimately make their way to the television set.
It is highly unlikely that Apple will unveil the rumored Television set at the event.
We don’t expect Apple to launch the sixth generation iPhone at the event. We expect Apple to unveil it in September or October like last year.
According to rumors, Apple’s next generation iPhone will sport a taller 4-inch display, so it will be interesting to see if Apple gives developers some hints on how to develop apps for a taller screen.
Well, that’s what we’ve heard so far and we expect few more last minute rumors before the Keynote kicks off less than 24 hours from now. We’ll be live blogging the event so don’t forget to join us at 10am PT or 1pm ET or 6pm GMT on Monday, June 11th.