Apple readies three major software unveilings

Not one to have the spotlight taken away from it, Apple has announced that, on the Monday following Computex—that’s June 6—it will unleash a barrage of new software upon attendees of its Worldwide Developer Conference. Apple expects to unveil the next version of Mac OS X, Lion, as well as the next version of its mobile operating sytem, iOS 5, and an "upcoming cloud services offering" called iCloud.

Steve Jobs previewed Mac OS X 10.7 Lion back in October of last year. The new OS looks designed to bridge the gap between OS X and iOS in terms of user interface, with an iPad-like application grid, new multi-touch gestures, and revamped window and workspace management. At the time, Jobs said the new operating system would be out this summer. Perhaps the June 6 keynote will see Jobs announce either the immediate availability or the release date for Lion.

I’m more curious to see what iOS 5 holds, since Apple has lost some ground to Android recently on the functionality front. According to Electronista, iOS 5 will bring "widgets" and a revamped notification system—two features straight out of the Android playbook. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple dress up iOS 5 further to snazz it up in comparison to Android 3.0 and the user interface from RIM’s PlayBook.

That leaves iCloud, which according to a piece by BusinessWeek, will be akin to a "digital locker" where users can store their music collections online. That sounds like Google Music and Amazon’s Cloud Drive, but I would expect Apple to have stronger backing from record labels and perhaps to offer the service internationally.

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    • cegras
    • 8 years ago

    Perhaps we will finally see tabbed browsing and better download management?

    • glacius555
    • 8 years ago

    How much ground do you think iOS is losing in functionality?

    I’ve never owned an Android device, so I kind of wonder..

    • TEAMSWITCHER
    • 8 years ago

    Apple has always been an awesome Hardware company, but now we have an event like this, where Apple rolls out awesome new software for devices I already own! Compare this to Google and Microsoft that are struggling with software updates to support emerging new hardware platforms that copy Apple (and coincidentally are not selling)…what a mess.

    Clearly there has been a tectonic shift in the tech landscape. Apple is winning.

      • 5150
      • 8 years ago

      God I envy you.

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        His medication costs must be a fraction of ours’…

      • Jigar
      • 8 years ago

      You and your Apple hardwares are awesome. Thanks a lot, i am honored to read your comment.

    • bthylafh
    • 8 years ago

    What’s the latest on Oracle releasing their own JVM for Lion?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    I wonder if they’ll finally go 64-bit only on OS X. Say goodbye to the first Core Duo Macs that came out 6+ years ago finally?

      • bthylafh
      • 8 years ago

      I believe they are – ISTR that Core Duos are on the not-supported list.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      First Core Duo’s came out in early 2006. They came out barely over 5 years ago not 6+.

    • mcnabney
    • 8 years ago

    Will we also have a mini-article on Friday concerning preparations for the last weekend before the next Apple product announcement? Or maybe a news flash early Monday morning to make sure everyone is prepared for the announcement later that day?

    Only Apple can get 3-5 news updates out of a single unveling event.

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    *touches fingers to temple*

    All three programs begin with the letter “i”.

      • ltcommander.data
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe they’ll change Lion to Ion just to prove you right.

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        Nah, I’d rename it ‘LiOS’ ‘LiOn’ still makes me think of exploding batteries…

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