Tomorrow is the kick for one of the most important Apple events of the year, the keynote to launch WWDC 2012, at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets for the event sold out in less than two hours. Of course, leading up to June 11th the web has been floating with numerous rumours about what to expect. We’ll be covering of course the big announcements for tomorrow.
In the meantime, here’s what we predict will be announced tomorrow, based on numerous rumours and previous reports:
- iOS 6 beta for developers (Facebook integration?)
- iCloud support for Notes and Reminders
- Apple Maps to replace Google Maps
- Mountain Lion GM for developers
- “We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“One more thing” candidates:
- Apple TV SDKand/or demo
- MacBook refreshes
- What you want to hear about: iPhone 5 (really, really, really unlikely; 0.01% chance)
Apple’s WWDC keynotes are typically two hour events. They will focus on iOS and OS X tomorrow, just like they did last year. They’ll of course start off by boasting Apple numbers, such as the number of App Store apps, iOS device sales, iCloud users, Game Center users, etc. Then, we’ll hear about Mountain Lion and iOS 6 (cue new app demos). And it’ll all come at a well-rehearsed, brisk-paced speed.
Here is last year’s WWDC 2011 in two minutes:
The ‘surprise’ announcement tomorrow (last year Steve Jobs introduced iCloud)…could be a new iCloud feature that will blow our socks off (AirDrop for iOS?) or possibly an Apple TV SDK. I’d like to see improvements to the way we organize our apps. There still isn’t any perfect solution to manage a situation with well over 200 apps. Too many apps go into the folder ‘graveyard’.
As for any sort of new hardware announcements, such as Retina Display Macs? Those will come via a separate event or some sort of press release announcement for refreshes. There’s just not enough time tomorrow, unless Apple decides to run the keynote 2.5 to 3 hours long (which it won’t).
The action starts at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT, Monday June 11th. Here are some live blogs to follow the event:
What do you predict will be announced tomorrow? Let us know in the comments!
PS – Don’t forget to play Apple Keynote Bingo.