10 Things to Watch For in Apple WWDC 2010

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will run from June 7 to 11 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center West. Apple is dubbing this 2010 WWDC “The Center of the App Universe,” indicating Apple’s focus is on iPhone OS-based devices.

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will run from June 7 to 11 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center West. Apple is dubbing this 2010 WWDC “The Center of the App Universe,” indicating Apple’s focus is on iPhone OS-based devices.

Thanks to tech blog Gizmodo, we all know one thing Apple’s Steve Jobs will pull out of his pocket at Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference: a next-generation iPhone 4G. But what else is up Jobs’ sleeve? A cloud-based iTunes, Safari 5, iChat for iPhone, a Mac OS update or Apple TV?

So, here’s the list of 10 things to watch for in Apple’s 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday:

1. Next-gen iPhone 4G:

This has to be the most expected announcement of the whole event for both the consumers and developers. Every year since the iPhone’s inception Apple has unveiled a new device during WWDC, and this year should be no exception. Thanks to Gizmodo’s well-publicized purchase of a lost iPhone prototype left in a bar, we even have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

The new iPhone 4G is widely expected to have a higher-resolution display, front- and rear-facing cameras, larger battery life, a second mic for noise cancellation and a new, square-shaped body instead of the more rounded design previous iPhones have had. All we have to see is how much of the rumors surrounding the next-gen iPhone 4G are actually true.

2. iPhone OS 4.0

Apple’s iPhone OS 4 was announced on April 8 with some exciting features like multi-tasking, multitouch gestures and refreshed homepage. Currently iPhone OS 4 is in developer beta (version 4), so we are expecting the final release of iPhone 4.0 during the 4 day event. If not the final release, at-least a beta release is expected.

3. Safari 5

Recent rumors suggest that Apple may unveil the next version of the Safari Web browser during WWDC. Safari 5 is rumored to have a new JavaScript engine that is 25 percent faster than Safari 4, a Bing search option, smarter address field similar to Firefox’s Awesome Bar and increased HTML 5 support. The new version of Safari is also rumored to have a new RSS reader/Instapaper clone called Safari Reader that will let you “view articles on the web in a single, clutter free page.”

4. Mac OS X

A lot has been made out of the fact that Apple dropped the Mac category from its annual design awards presented during WWDC. This has led to some to suspect that Apple may be ignoring its PC operating system as the company turns instead to the iPhone OS and devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Even the tagline for this year’s WWDC — the center of the app universe — doesn’t leave much room for OS X. It’s true that Apple is definitely iPhone OS-focused right now, but we might see a mention of Mac OS X 10.6.4, the next OS X update, since it is rumored to be packaged with the rumored Safari 5 update.

5. iChat for iPhone

There have already been references to iChat found inside recent developer releases of iPhone OS 4.0, and the new iPhone’s expected front-facing camera would make iChat a no-brainer. Even more interesting, though, will be to see whether Apple gives developers access to the new camera feature as well. That would allow third-party applications such as Skype to offer video calling on Apple’s new device.

6. iAds

This was one of the key announcements made in April along with that of iPhone OS 4 – Apple’s very own iAds advertising network. During the sneak peek of the next OS, Apple showed off some advertising mock-ups the company had made, but nothing from an actual advertising partner. This is something which would excite the developers more than the consumers.

7. CDMA iPhone on Verizon

Rumors of a Verizon iPhone are increasing, but there are also moves from AT&T that may suggest the company is getting ready for the end of its reign as the exclusive iPhone carrier in the US. There’s the new AT&T tiered data plan that goes into effect for new iPhone and iPad users on Monday. Some figure that AT&T has phased out its unlimited data plan because its exclusivity contract with Apple is ending. Therefore, the carrier is no longer beholden to Apple’s demands to offer iPhone users all-you-can-eat data.

8. Apple TV

There are also rumors suggesting that Apple may offer some hardware upgrades today. Apple TV is rumored to be getting an update that will include the ability to play 1080p high-definition video, 16GB flash storage, as well as online storage space for your iTunes purchases. There are also rumors about a Mac Mini refresh from Apple Insider, but it’s not clear what a Mac Mini upgrade would entail.

9. iTunes in the cloud

Apple purchased the online music service Lala in December, and last Monday Apple finally shut down Lala’s Website. The shutdown of Lala so close to WWDC has fueled further speculation that a cloud-based iTunes announcement is imminent.

10. Game Center

During April we had a sneak-peek at Apple’s new social gaming network called Game Center. Game Center can tie into iPhone games and will include things like the ability to challenge your friends to a game and a matchmaking service that lets you find an opponent you don’t know. Since WWDC is more about developers, we would expect Apple to let us see this feature in a greater detail or provide some new demos.

p.s. There are few other things like new Macbook Air, new MobileMe and New iPod Touch  are expected to be announced during the WWDC 2010. With just a day to go, so we don’t need to wait for a long time to see which of these expectations come reality. Get connected, stay in touch with TheBlogIsMine.com. [via PC World]

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