Hungry for some new developments in the world of Apple? You won't be waiting much longer.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference will be taking place from June 10 to 14 in San Francisco. The annual event is meant to showcase any new software or hardware, offer feedback to developers and encourage them to keep the App Store buzzing with new third-party programs.
That's all fun and good but: What does Apple have up its sleeve? As Business Insider has pointed out, 230 days will separate the iPad Mini's introduction in October 2012 and iOS 7's potential launch in June -- the longest such gap for big Apple news in three years. The fanboys are very, very hungry.
We've compiled some of what Apple may reveal below:
Last month Tim Cook confirmed that we'd be seeing the new version of iOS, unofficially dubbed "iOS 7," at WWDC 2013 with Apple's senior vice president of industrial design Johnny Ive behind it. But what will iOS 7 entail? Sources have told 9to5Mac that the new design is "black, white and flat all over." This seems to indicate that the new operating system for iPhones may go the way of the Windows Phone 8 with more flat, clean squares and less faux shine. This would be the biggest aesthetic overhaul since the platform launched in 2007. 9to5Mac's report also noted additional gestures enabling iPhone users to access the device's basic information or switch between applications, like the four finger swipe on the iPad. But beneath the surface are rumors of a few more tweaks. Among the ones 9to5Mac have mentioned: Flickr and Vimeo integration, car integration with Maps and Siri and AirDrop wireless file-sharing.
While the name is up in the air, the reality is not: AdAge confirmed Wednesday that Apple is in fact rolling out its own online streaming music service. Though long rumored to be in the works, recent developments -- such as Apple locking up deals with record companies like Warner Music Group and selling audio ads -- indicate a push to have the service completed in time for WWDC. Sources indicated to Bloomberg that the service would focus on iAds to keep the streaming service completely free, like Pandora. Pandora's CFO Mike Herring has downplayed the news.
Judging by pricing leaked to 9to5Mac, it appears at least a new version of the MacBook Air will be unveiled at WWDC. Preliminary reports indicate 11- and 13-inch screen models along with faster processors, WiFi and new Airport and Time Capsules. But what about the MacBrook Pro? According to Apple analyst Mingchi Kuo of KGI Securities, we may also see an updated, slimmer Retina MacBook Pro with an improved camera.
Though it has been speculated that Apple will reveal OS X 10.9 at WWDC, rumors on features have been thin, and mainly sourced to what sources revealed to 9to5Mac in April. Rumored to be codenamed "Cabernet," OS X 10.9 will focus on various "power-user" enhancements, which may include changes to Finder functionality to include tags and tabbed browsing. OS X 10.9 could also see Siri and Maps functionality, improved multitasking features and optimized full screen app use. Summer release dates for Apple's last two operating systems indicate that OSX 10.9 would also arrive sometime this summer.
Persistent rumors of an "iPhone Mini" or even colored iPhones indicate that we're probably due for an update to Apple's line of smartphones, the last of which was released 8 months ago. But CNET raises a good point: though Apple introduced the iPhone 4 at WWDC in 2010, new iPhone's typically are released in step with a new iOS after developers have had time to work out the bugs and kinks. After all, the main focus of WWDC is software and developers, not consumer products. As for the iPad, rumors have been basically absent.