Apple’s WWDC is one of the industry’s major events because in the past few years it has been the stage for some serious software announcements by the company. The event will probably offer a lot to developers too but from our user’s point of view, we are dying to hear what Apple’s been cooking this past year in terms of mobile software. A iOS 6 announcement is expected and the rumor mill is hard at work to catch some of the tasty morsels that we’ll be offered come June 11.
A serious rumor making the rounds recently includes the unveiling of a new Apple HDTV – a smart, connected TV running iOS much like the similarly named Apple TV. But that aside, the mobile iOS will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the event in San Francisco.
Some of the rumored new features it’s supposed to bring over, are proper Facebook integration, a redesign of the AppStore, iTunes Store and iBookstore, and even a new AirDrop file sharing trickery, courtesy of Wi-Fi Direct, which should be present in the next iPhone. Other recent rumors include new Maps and Photos apps plus an improved camera interface.
Facebook integration was a noticeable absentee last year and had our share of comments in the debate about this fact. Recent reports have it that Facebook will be included in the latest release of iOS. The integration would include a system-wide sign-in that would allow iOS users to share content from any apps on Facebook without further identification.
The other rumored changes include redesigned AppStore, iTunes store and iBookstore. The extent of the redesign is not known but it’s supposed to improve interactivity, and we are only to guess whether Apple has managed to implement the improved app discoverability, courtesy of the recently acquired Chomp.
The other supposed upgrades rumored earlier include an upgraded Photos app, which will include an option to share a photo directly from the iCloud. The Camera app is supposed to include features popular on third-party cam apps – such as filters and effects. And finally, the Maps application on iOS is reportedly getting a new, mega-cool 3D view mode.
The WWDC keynote address is due for Monday, 6 p.m. London time, but we guess we’ll be hearing a lot more about the upcoming iOS before that.