Last-minute rumors always play a big role in the hours leading up to an Apple event, and debating what could actually be unveiled is the best part.
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Here's a rundown of what’s in the rumor mill for Apple‘s Worldwide Developer’s Conference on Monday -- which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET -- and whether or not we actually think it will happen.
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Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Apple's new iOS 6 mobile software will likely be the focus of today's event. CEO Tim Cook and his team will unveil new iOS abilities and apps -- including an apps map that moves away for the Google Maps software that typically comes with iOS devices -- along with a slew of new partners to further enhance the mobile operating system. Not only has Apple unveiled its latest mobile OS at WWDC for four years in a row, there's a banner outside the conference touting the obvious: “iOS 6."
Considering the online Apple Store was down on Monday morning, it's safe to say that the company is in the process of adding new products to its site. However, don't expect to get a peek of the new hardware until the end of the event.
Mac Pro, MacBook Pro lines
Speaking of hardware, Apple is expected launch of new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro desktops and laptops -- and it's about time, the MacPro line hasn't been updated since July 2010. The MacBook Pros are expected to look more like the MacBook Air design, with thinner and feature Intel’s latest: the third-generation Core processors (Ivy Bridge). According to 9to5Mac.com, the Mac Pro should come in two “regular” configurations: One with a 3.2GHz quad-core CPU, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and an ATI Radeon 5770, and the other with a 2.4GHz 12-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and the same graphics card.
Probably. The MacBooks may come with ultra-high-resolution "retina" screens, similar to what we've seen with the latest iPad. Since Apple is actively pushing retina on its iOS device, it would be a natural progression to include it in its MacBook line.
We'll definitely be hearing a fair share of updates surrounding Mountain Lion's operating system updates for OS X, including a release date later this summer. If iOS gets Facebook integration, we may see it follow in OS X too.
iPhone or iPad
No way. If you have your sights set on a new iPhone or iPad, it won't happen today. WWDC is more focused on software than hardware and Apple wants a real showcase for the next iPhone or iPad. It's unlikely that Apple would force radical new hardware to share the stage with big OS updates.
Maybe. Although some believe that Tim Cook's recent "stay tuned" comments about Apple's relationship with Facebook indicates that there is a partnership on the horizon, this is the only real hint we're going on. However, iOS 5 featured an integrated with Twitter, so perhaps it's only a matter of time before the company joins forces with the world's largest social network.
Yes. Our bets are in for new iCloud features. It was the shining star of WWDC last year and is due for some enhancements.
Very Likely. Everyone's favorite virtual assistant may be getting an updated interface and new capabilities -- WWDC is a software event after all. Since Siri’s ability to connect with apps is unlimited, she may be gearing up to take on bigger duties or even make her way into the Apple’s Mac lineup, although we're not counting on that. Siri wasn't added to the latest iPad, so her involvement in Monday's event is up in the air.
Apple TV SDK
Maybe, Maybe Not. The chances of an Apple TV SDK launch are about 50-50 -- we're hearing rumors in both direction. To grow Apple TV and turn its box into a fully-integrated TV platform, the company would need to create an SDK and open up the floor to third-party app designers. If we had to pick one way or another, we are betting that there will be some announcement around the SDK.
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