Apple has confirmed the not-really-much-of-a-secret-anymore iCloud product will be its forthcoming “cloud services offering”, due to be unveiled at its Worldwide Developers Conference next month.
In an email, Apple confirmed Steve Jobs would be giving the keynote on 6 June in San Francisco, and would also unveil iOS5 — the next version of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch OS — as well as the next version of OS X, Lion.
It has been rumored for a long time that Apple’s revamp of MobileMe will center around the launch of iCloud, which is expected to tie together much more of OS X and iOS via the cloud than MobileMe currently does — possibly with the introduction of a streaming music service to rival Spotify.
My take? iOS 5 will almost certainly incorporate any streaming media element to iCloud, but may also feature improvements to the push notification system, better speech recognition and voice control, active home screen widgets a la Android, cloud backup of your phone and possibly saved game syncing via GameCenter similar to Valve’s Steam Cloud.
It’s unlikely iOS 5 will launch until September, however, and could come at the same time as OS X Lion, which is scheduled for launch “in the summer”. iPhone 5 may drop at the same time, although any talk of the new device is highly unlikely at this year’s WWDC.
What are you looking forward to in iOS 5 and iCloud? Any juicy rumors you want to start? The comments are open for just such rumor-starting. So why not leave a comment and get the conversation flowing.
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