What's in store at Apple WWDC 2011? iOS 5, but no iPhone 5 release.

Steve Jobs (Norbert von der Groeben / Reuters)
By Richi Jennings (@richi) - June 6, 2011.

Updated (again) with a summary of Jonny's summary: Later today, we'll see what Apple (AAPL) has in store for us at its Worldwide Developer Conference. We think we know that there'll be no release date for the iPhone 5, but new rumors are flying, about new features in iOS5 and iCloud. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are still hoping for "one more thing."

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Solo Tourism - Empty London...

Philip Elmer-Dewitt likens fanbois to becalmed sailors:

They seem to be adrift. ... I've never see the Apple ... cognoscenti quite so confused. ... The Worldwide Developers Conference ... opens Monday ... [and it's] first one since 2007 that doesn't feature a new iPhone.

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Music industry executives who can't keep a secret ... made it sound like iCloud was all about music. ... But a music streaming service ... didn't seem big enough to justify the build-up Apple was giving [to] WWDC.  
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  John Gruber dares to agree, adding a short iOS5 wishlist:

Music storage is a feature of iCloud; iCloud is not a music service. ... Don’t think of iCloud as the new MobileMe; think of iCloud as the new iTunes ... [but] it will by nature be ... in conflict with MobileMe, insofar as the major selling points ... include cloud-based syncing. ... iCloud might be a ... game-changing, step away from USB tethering between iOS devices and iTunes.

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iOS 4’s [app] switching UI is ... indistinguishable from its launching UI. Switching ... [suits] an Exposé-style thumbnail UI ... like the switching UI ... in MobileSafari, or the “card”-based switching UI of Palm’s WebOS.

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I can’t help but wish for a homescreen revamp that’s designed ... for a platform where users have dozens of apps installed, and are adding new ones all the time.  
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Devindra Hardawar, too:

Apple hired a jailbreak app developer who developed a replacement notification system for iOS, and ... Rich Dellinger, who spearheaded ... WebOS’s ... gorgeous notification system. ... So you can rest certain that ... new ... iOS notifications ... will be shown off tomorrow.  
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And Leander Kahney floats back to iCloud:

It’s rumored that ... Time Capsule ... will get a big update. Here’s how iCloud and ... Time Capsule will work, according to a source ... who asked not be identified. It’s pretty surprising.

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Apple has developed a system to make users’ Time Machine backups available through [the] iCloud service. ... All your files and data ... will be available anytime, anywhere, on both Mac OS X and iOS. ... Time Capsule will ... become less of a local backup and more of a personal cloud server. ... The system sounds like Dropbox. ... But in Apple’s case ... maintained not on company servers, but on your own Time Capsule.  
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  Update: Ian Paul sums up the other expected announcements (plus some weird ideas):

Deep iOS integration with Twitter is expected in the next version of Apple's iOS. ... A one-touch button ... lets you share a photo via Twitter.

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Most expect Apple to revamp voice recognition. ... Apple acquired Siri in 2010, an iPhone productivity app with excellent voice recognition.

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One theory floating around is that notifications may pop down from the top bar.

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Apple may introduce automatic over-the-air downloads ... for third-party applications.

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Taking a page out of Google's Android ... iOS may be getting widgets.

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A more uncertain rumor is that Apple [will] allow you to stream music and television rentals and purchases to any device.

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Apple may release the latest version of OS X as early as ... June 14.

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Apple [may] introduce a Find My Mac feature in Lion similar to the Find My iPhone service.

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Apple is rumored to be killing backwards compatibility with PowerPC software in Lion.

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Lion [may] also come with support for full screen apps similar to ... iLife 11.

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Some are still arguing the company will unveil a new smartphone.  
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Meanwhile, Jonny Evans visualizes Jobsian meditation:

This was so important Jobs took time out from his extended medical absence to [show] the next evolution of Apple's connected device plans.

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Apple says its ... free cloud services will work seamlessly with applications on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. ... [They] integrate all the former ... MobileMe services ... completely rebuilt to work seamlessly with iCloud. ... You can also share calendars with friends and family, while your inbox and mailboxes are kept up-to-date. ... iCloud Backup automatically ... backs up your iOS devices ... daily over Wi-Fi when you recharge.

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The company told developers it needs them to implement iCloud Storage APIs within their apps. ... The iCloud beta ... [is] available immediately to iOS and Mac Developer Program members. ... [Generally] available this fall when iOS 5 ... ships. You'll get 5GB of space for Mail, Document Storage and Backup.  
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    And Finally...
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