Apple has confirmed that Steve Jobs will lead the WWDC 2011 keynote next Monday, June 6, with OS X Lion on the agenda, along with iOS 5 and the new iCloud, described as "Apple's upcoming cloud services offering." The news confirms long-standing rumors about the developer event.
The exact nature of iCloud is currently unknown, but we're expecting a significant refresh of MobileMe with new backup and other features. That's also expected to include an online cloud media service which will mirror local stores of music and allow them to be accessed while on the move.
iOS 5, meanwhile, should bring with it new widgets and a revamp of the current notifications system, one of the more frequent points of complaint of iPhone and iPad users. OS X Lion has been well-previewed, too.
The announcement is an unusual move by Apple, with the company normally announcing when the keynote would take place and, perhaps, who would be presenting it, but then leaving content to be revealed on the day. SlashGear will be liveblogging the whole WWDC 2011 keynote, so join us on Monday, June 6 at 10am Pacific for all the details as they happen!
Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6
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.
WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.
For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.