WWDC 2012: 10 Goodies Sure to Draw Apple Fan Cheers

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-05-29 Print this article Print

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 is fast approaching and will convene June 11-15. As usual, Apple is saying nothing upfront about what will be announced, but there is the usual speculation on the Web about what is more or less likely to be announced.

Apple on May 29 published the schedule for the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference, which will run June 11-15. Since Apple stopped sponsoring the Macworld show, the WWDC has become the most closely watched Apple event of the year because it is always the venue for at least one big announcement.

The big question, of course, is just what might Apple actually show off at the event? There is some speculation that the new iPhone could be announced and it€™s a safe bet Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be on display.

As usual, Apple hasn€™t tipped its hand about what it has planned for the conference. Instead, the company has only announced that there will be a keynote address hosted on June 11 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at the Moscone West Convention Center that, if history is to be any guide, will be headlined by Apple chief executive Tim Cook. Other than that, expect WWDC 2012 to be home to a bunch of surprises and maybe even some disappointments. Still, there€™s a lot to look forward to at Apple€™s WWDC 2012.

Here€™s what you can expect to find at Apple€™s event next month:

1. Mountain Lion Galore

Apple is planning to spend the majority of its time at WWDC 2012 talking about Mac OS X Mountain Lion. And why not? It€™s the operating system that will go head-to-head with Windows 8, and arguably has the best security of any version of the software yet. It seems like an easy choice.

2. An iPhone 5?

It€™s hard to say right now when Apple might unveil the new iPhone. Some reports say that Apple will show off the device at the Worldwide Developers Conference, while others say it€™ll wait until the fall to do so. At the very least, we€™ll know one way or the other at the WWDC keynote.

3. iOS 6

It€™s more likely that Apple€™s will talk about iOS 6, which is perhaps even more keenly anticipated than a new generation iPhone. The operating system will likely come with better security, an improved default interface, and some other additions that should make it a sizable jump over its predecessor, iOS 5.

4. An improved Siri

Apple€™s Siri platform is currently in beta. However, it€™s sometimes too slow and it€™s been having trouble arriving at the correct answer. It would make sense that WWDC would be the best venue for Apple to introduce a new and improved Siri that is ready to make the transition from beta to full production and deliver far greater value to users.

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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