Steve Jobs To Unveil OS X Lion, iOS 5 & iCloud at WWDC

Steve Jobs will be on hand at WWDC to unveil OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud next week on June 6, 2011 at 10:00 am PDT. OS X Lion and iOS 5 are the next versions of Apple’s operating systems for the computer and mobile devices respectively. iCloud is somewhat unknown at this point, but is expected to be Apple’s answer to Google Music and Amazon Cloud Drive and Player with some MobileMe mixed in.

Steve Jobs

With Steve Jobs being away from day-to-day operations due to illness, this is the first confirmation that he will be the one delivering the keynote next week. This is also the first time Apple is publicly acknowledging their new iCloud service.

OS X Lion Update

The latest version of OS X called Lion will come with some iOS-like changes including:

  • iOS Style Launchpad
  • Mission Control which shows all of your installed apps, spaces, running apps in once place
  • More Gesture support
  • AirDrop which is an easy way of sharing files with people on your network
  • Time Machine Style Document history
  • Resume which starts your apps or the OS in the state you last left it
  • Full Screen support for apps so they will not have top screen menus

These are just some of the new features we will see in the new operating system. It is believed that this update will not only come on a disk as previous upgrades of OS X have come, but will likely also come as a download in the Mac App Store and on disk.


iOS 5 Update

The other new software update we will see is iOS 5. Apple has been particularly tight-lipped on what is included in this update. There is speculation that it will come with better notifications for things like text messages, new emails or appointment reminders and alarms to name a few.

We also think it might have the ability to add Android style widgets to the home screen. These widgets perform useful functions in Android like having a working calculator on one screen, a box to enter Twitter or Facebook updates, or show battery life.

It is believed that iOS 5 will have better voice integration so you can search by speaking or add appointments to your calendar by saying the date and name of the event.

Finally, we believe there could be over the air updates to the operating system so you don’t have to plug your phone into a computer to get an iOS update. This would be great for security updates, but as we have seen with other devices, like the Nook Color and the HTC Thunderbolt, sometimes OTA updates do as much or more harm than good. Hopefully these updates if they come will be optional and not automatic.

Below is the official Apple Press Release:

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

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.


  • I’d be in for 50 bucks a year if I could just get my damn machines (Laptop, wifes laptop, and my HTPC) to mirror changes in my iTunes without me drop boxing everything to 3 machines. It’s ridiculous¬.

  • iCloud, in the simplest terms, is simply saving your files on some remote computer out on the Internet rather than on your local hard drive inside your personal computer or computing device (phone, tablet, music player, etc.) A good idea in principle, but there are still lots of issues, such as reliability, privacy, intellectual property rights (including your own. Putting your personal IP out on an iCloud service may in some cases cause you to lose some or all of your IP rights to your own IP.)

  • However, the company has openly admitted that it will be showing iOS 5, as well as iCloud, the company’s “upcoming cloud services offering.” The company normally prefers to surprise the public and the media with new products….

  • Yea thats about as far from a breakthrough as it gets. The breakthrough they need, like Justin said, is to allow 3rd party software on their products, and stop trying to drive established venues out of the market. Sooner or later they and Microsoft (who has already seen the writing on the wall) will have to realize Open Source is the future of software anyhow

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