Apple's WWDC Agenda: 10 Possible Topics

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Analysis: Apple has already said it will talk about the future of its operating systems at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June in San Francisco. But what else will it discuss?

Apple plans to hold its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco June 6-10. For now, the company has said little about its plans at the event, but considering it's a place for developers to learn more about its operating systems and get help as needed, it would only make sense for software to take center stage. Beyond that, there is a strong possibility that Apple might talk about the iPhone 5, the follow-up to its wildly popular iPhone 4.

Of course, trying to gauge exactly what Apple will do is difficult. The company is notoriously secretive, and for the most part rumors that suggest one announcement or another rarely come true. When it comes to Apple announcements, it's a coin toss to see what it will and will not unveil at any given event.

But that shouldn't stop those who follow the technology industry from discussing what Apple could unveil at WWDC in June. Some topics seem like guarantees, while others are long shots. In either case, a healthy helping of news will be coming out of the event.

Read on to find out what Apple could unveil at WWDC.

1. All the details on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be taking center stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The platform, which is expected to launch this summer, was first unveiled last year by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. At WWDC, the operating system will be put on full display for developers to inspect. Perhaps most importantly, if Apple holds its annual keynote, the company can talk about details that consumers would care about.

2. iOS 5

If Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be on display at WWDC, it's quite possible that iOS 5 will as well. Currently, rumors suggest Apple might actually unveil iOS 5 in April and then talk more about it at WWDC. In either case, Apple's mobile platform will be a hot topic on the showroom floor, as well as during any keynote Apple might hold.

3. The iPhone 5

A new rumor has cropped up from startup blog TechCrunch claiming Apple will not discuss the iPhone 5 at WWDC. But given its history of unveiling the device at the show each year, that rumor might not come true. Apple has used its stage at WWDC to ramp up interest in its smartphone, which typically launches over the summer. The chances of it not doing so this year in a keynote address seem awfully slim.

4. Indication of Steve Jobs' health

Speaking of a keynote address, there is a good possibility that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be on hand to talk about the future of his company's operation. His performance on that stage will give both the industry and investors another opportunity to see how he's holding up. While he is currently on indefinite medical leave, Jobs did appear at the iPad 2 introduction in March. He might make another appearance at WWDC if he has something important to say. Jobs won't necessarily mention his health status, but if he's on stage and looking good, the market will respond well. On the flip side of that, if he doesn't show up, rumors will run rampant about his health. Look for some kind of indication of Jobs' health-good or bad-at WWDC.



 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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