WWDC 2010 News And Rumors Roundup
Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2010 starts tomorrow with the Keynote address by Steve Jobs at 10am Pacific.
Fourth Generation iPhone (iPhone G4):
It is widely speculated that Steve Jobs will unveil the next generation iPhone.
We expect Steve Jobs to announce the release date for Apple’s next generation iPhone OS – iPhone OS 4.0.
We could expect Apple to announce features in iPhone OS 4.0 especially for the new iPhone such as video conferencing capabilities.
Steve Jobs could also announce that AT&T will allow iPhone tethering with the release of iPhone OS 4.0 based on AT&T’s announcement earlier in the week.
Since Apple hasn’t released the golden master version of iPhone OS 4.0, we expect to release iPhone OS 4.0 sometime next week.
Apple had announced that iPhone OS 4.0 will be available to iPad users in fall, so it is likely that iPhone OS 4.0 SDK for iPad could be released at WWDC.
iPhone OS 3.2.1 or iPhone OS 3.3 for iPad:
Apple had updated its support page with additional information that offers details on a new set of workarounds to help iPad users find a solution to the Wi-Fi connectivity problem. More crucially, Apple had also noted that there are a few more potential issues, which shall be corrected with a future iPad software update.
So we expect Apple to announce the release date for iPhone OS 3.2.1 or iPhone OS 3.3 for iPad.
End of AT&T’s iPhone Exclusivity:
It is widely speculated that Apple has been working on two iPhones, one of them for Verizon. Apple reportedly has placed an order for 10 million Verizon iPhones with Pegatron.
There are rumors that Verizon iPhone might be available during the holiday shopping season. But Verizon recently commented that they had no plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future.
As you know, Apple shutdown Lala, the online music streaming service it acquired in December last year on June 1st.
While there has been no official communication from Apple so far about how the company plans to integrate Lala with the company's own product offerings, it is being speculated that Apple may use Lala's technology to build a cloud-based iTunes service.
We’ve heard rumors that Steve Jobs will announce the cloud-based iTunes service at WWDC.
During the Q&A session at All Things Digital, Steve Jobs had said:
"You want to share your content that you bought amongst your various devices. You can do that today with a wire. You can't do that without a wire. We need to work harder on that. We need to do better. Anytime soon? We're working on it."
Bing Coming to iPhone:
TechCrunch had reported that according to multiple sources, Apple is likely to announce a new search-deal for iPhone OS 4.0, which will see Bing replacing Google as the default search engine on the iPhone.
We don’t expect Apple to replace Google as the default search engine on the iPhone but Bing might probably be added as an option so users who prefer Bing can select it. Currently users have an option to change the default search engine from Google to Yahoo.
We’ve heard rumors that Apple will make MobileMe free.
BGR had reported couple of days back that some MobileMe users are seeing their account type switch from "Individual" to "Full Member". Does it mean MobileMe will turn into a freemium service from Monday? We’ll soon find out.
Visual Studio App Development Tools for iPhone and Mac OS:
We had rumors that Microsoft may announce the launch of a new version of Visual Studio 2010 that will allow developers to write applications for iPhone OS and Mac OS.
New Apple TV:
There are some murmurs that Apple might debut Safari 5 for desktop computers at WWDC, which might include an extension framework. It would be amazing if Apple brings extensions to iPhone’s Safari browser as well.
What’s on your wish list? Let us know in the comments.