June 11, 2012: Apple’s Big Keynote At WWDC
Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com
Can you taste the excitement yet? News about the next iPhone and iOS 6 has reached critical mass today as report after report after report has been released. First, 9to5Mac.com and MacRumors took turns releasing images about supposed iPhone parts, possibly the front and back plates of the as-of-yet announced device. Then, the Boy Genius Report released information about the rumored newly revised Maps app for iOS 6, featuring 3D technologies and maybe a new traffic monitoring system. Now, the only news item of the three actually released by Apple themselves has hit the circuit, as the iMaker has announced this year’s WWDC keynote presentation.
WWDC is set to take place between June 11 and June 15th in San Francisco, CA, and is traditionally where Apple announces new operating systems, such as OS X and new versions of iOS.
This year, as in years past, the keynote will take place on the first day of the conference, June 11 at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time. Apple is still tight-lipped on who will be delivering the keynote address, though it’s likely Tim Cook will make an appearance at some point, as well as other members of Apple’s top brass.
This year’s keynote address could likely revolve around Mountain Lion, the newest version of Mac’s OS X or iOS 6, the new iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch operating system.
It’s likely Apple is waiting until this keynote speech to fully reveal what it is they will be focusing on during the conference, as many of the conference topics and talks are still listed on their website as “to be announced.”
This year’s WWDC sold out in record time, as all available tickets were gone within 2 hours of the dates being announced. Registered Apple developers shelled out $1,599 to attend.
So, will Apple announce a new iPhone at WWDC?
The company has used WWDC to announce new products in the past, but this year’s iPhone is likely going to make its way to our hot little hands just as the weather begins to turn, near October.
Mashable.com has provided a list of products which have been announced at WWDCs past.
The list includes:
- iLife ’03, which was Apple’s first bundled suite of creative and media management software. iLife ’03 included iTunes, iDVD, iMovie and iWeb.
- The 2005 transition to Intel, in which Jobs himself announced all future Macs would contain an Intel processor. Just months afterwards, the MacBook Pro line was introduced, running OS X Leopard.
- The App store for iPhone was announced in 2008, which allowed third-party developers to create and sell their apps to iPhone users. Until this point, the iPhone was a completely closed device. The only way to come close to a third-party app was to write a web-app to be accessed by the phone.
- Most recently, Apple announced the iconic iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010, as well as FaceTime video chat capabilities and iMovie for iPhone.