What to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2012 next week?

Tickets were sold out and the event is drawing near. Apple has promised that this year’s WWDC will show developers “the future of iOS and OS X, allowing them to build incredible new apps.” The five-day conference will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.

“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”

The conference will also feature the Apple Design Awards, which showcases the most outstanding applications created for Apple’s iOS and OS X platforms in the last year.

WWDC 2012 will allow developers to explore the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X Mountain Lion. Apple has promised that developers will learn how to “greatly enhance the functionality, performance, quality and design of their apps.”

Developers can also bring their code to the labs for the conference to work directly with Apple engineers, who can apply their development techniques and best-practices to help enhance the software.

Sneak Peaks/Rumors

  • Mountain Lion (similar features to iOS 6)
    • Notification Centre, including “Do Not Disturb”
    • Twitter integration
    • iMessages
    • iCloud Tabs (sync browser experience)
    • VIP mail recipients
    • Facebook integration
  • iOS 6 (specifically)
  • iPhone 5 / iPad Mini
    • If the rumored 4-inch and 7.85-inch screens are true, Apple will showcase its changes during WWDC for the developers to update their application – to fit the new screen size and aspect ratios.
    • Released date may not be in June. They could follow their previous models (releasing in October & March).

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