WWDC 2012: Rumor Round-up

WWDC 2012: Rumor Round-up

WWDC 2012: What We Know So Far

With Apple's WWDC event just hours away, tech pundits and techies alike are surely frazzled with excitement. The keynote address preceding the conference is said, as confirmed by the above snapshot, to feature some pretty major announcements regarding iOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion, and iCloud. Of course, we are hoping the Cupertino company will reveal new devices as well, including the next-gen iPhone, 7.85-inch iPad mini, and Apple HDTV. However, since this is after all a developers conference, perhaps that's asking too much. In any case, these are just part of the speculations circulating on the Internet that the HWZ team has been consolidating. Come June 11th at 10am (PDT) or alternatively, June 12th at 1am (GMT+8), Singapore time, we will know it all.
 

iOS 6: 3D Mapping, Siri for iPad, Facebook Integration, New iCloud Features 


The latest Apple mobile platform, iOS 6 (codenamed "Sundance"), is slated for an appearance at tomorrow's keynote. What will the upcoming OS be made of? If rumors were to be believed, iOS 6 is said to contain a number of exciting updates, including:

Sadly, owners of the original iPad or third-gen iPod touch might not get to enjoy this; the latest OS will allegedly not support either device. This isn't all that surprising, given Apple's track record of dropping support for older products. If this list stays true, iOS 6 will introduce some major shakeup in how Mac/iOS device owners use their gadgets, given the strengthened integration between Apple's desktop and mobile OSes. Of course, with Facebook (and currently, Twitter) integration baked in, social media is set to chalk up a big chunk of the iOS experience. 
 
 

Next-Gen Mobile Devices: iPhone 5 & iPad Mini

 

Recent rumors seem to point at the next-gen iPhone having a 16:9 style body and 4.07-inch screen, based on video and pictorial leaks of its back plate. Other rumored features we speculate that will make an appearance on the phone, other than a bigger screen, include LTE connectivity, an improved processor, and a HD front-facing camera.

The iPhone is not the only iOS device getting special attention of course - the rumored iPad Mini has gotten quite a fair amount of speculation on its end. There have been many conflicting reports about its form factor with earlier reports pointing to 7.1- and 7.85-inch form factors; according to iMore, the scaled-down 7+-inch tablet, priced between a competitive US$200 and US$250, will feature a display resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, one that is identical to the panel on Apple’s new iPad.

It would be great to see both devices announced at WWDC alongside iOS 6, but we are not holding our hopes too high for this one. Both devices are said to be launched in September, that is if they actually exist.



Apple HDTV: TV SDK, Apps, iSight

We don't know if the rumored Apple HDTV is coming out this year, we don't even know if it's coming out at all; but a source claiming to have seen a working prototype of the said television has revived our hope of ever seeing this mythical gadget. The TV, running on iOS, is said to be capable of making FaceTime calls using the built-in iSight camera. Siri, the iPhone 4S's virtual assistant, is said to be present in the HDTV. According to BGR Media, Apple will also be unveiling a SDK (software development kit) at WWDC for the above presumed Apple HDTV display. Allegedly, this TV SDK would enable third-party developers to create apps for upcoming Apple HDTV products.



Mac: Retina-ready Displays & Apps, Ivy Bridge, USB 3, OS X Mountain Lion

Retina displays on Mac hardware is a rumor that has been on the Internet for a while. Adding weight to the rumor, Retina Display-ready apps have already started popping up on the Mac App Store. According to The Next Web, specific models that are said to be refreshed include the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models, and the iMac. These Macs are said to support powerful Ivy Bridge processors which support incredibly high resolution with its integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. USB 3.0 support is also said to be coming on these new Macs.

The latest iOS-exclusive feature alleged to make its debut in OS X Mountain Lion is the “Automatic Downloads” feature. For those who are unfamiliar with the iOS operating system, this feature allows you to download an app from the Apple App Store on one OS X machine, and have the same app appear on other OS X devices. At WWDC, Apple is expected to release more information about its latest big cat. So far, Mountain Lion has already seen the inclusion of several key iOS 5-centric features.

WWDC 2012 News Highlights
iOS 6 Hands-on: Facebook Integration, Shared Photo Streams, Mail, Safari & Privacy Controls

iOS 6 Hands-on: Facebook Integration, Shared Photo Streams, Mail, Safari & Privacy Controls

FEATURE / 20 Sep 2012

Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 6, comes with over 200 new features. In this hands-on article, we take a look at the new Facebook integration, the various enhancements in Photo Stream, Mail, and Safari, as well as the new Privacy controls.

WWDC 2012: iOS 6 Highlights (Update)

WWDC 2012: iOS 6 Highlights (Update)

FEATURE / 20 Sep 2012

At long last, the new and upcoming iOS 6 has been unveiled. While we still have till fall to wait for the official build, here's a list of features for you to mull over before September 19th arrives. Check them out after the jump!

Alleged Photos of the iPad Mini Surface (Update)

Alleged Photos of the iPad Mini Surface (Update)

NEWS / 04 Jul 2012

ZooGue has obtained what seems to be photos of the iPad mini's rear panel, sparking off a discussion that Apple is not only "going for the same new speaker grille design as on the iPhone 5 components we’ve seen" but will also feature a "smaller dock connector". Bloomberg also reports hearing that the iPad Mini will not feature the Retina Display.

Feature Limitations in iOS 6 Mark the Start of iOS Fragmentation?

Feature Limitations in iOS 6 Mark the Start of iOS Fragmentation?

NEWS / 13 Jun 2012

A closer look has revealed how much some of the more exciting features on iOS 6 will be left out - case in point, the new 3D Flyover feature and turn-by-turn voice navigation within Apple's new Maps app - on older devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

WWDC 2012: Apple Updates MacBook Lineup, Introduces Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro

WWDC 2012: Apple Updates MacBook Lineup, Introduces Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro

NEWS / 12 Jun 2012

Apple has refreshed its MacBooks with Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 support, extra SSD storage, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPUs. A super thin, optical drive-less 15-inch MacBook Pro sporting a 2,880 x 1,800-pixel Retina display was also unveiled.

Automatic App Download Might Debut in OS X Mountain Lion

Automatic App Download Might Debut in OS X Mountain Lion

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

The convergence of OS X and iOS features have been set in motion, with each iteration of OS X sporting more features that were exclusively found on the iOS. The latest one to appear on the media radar, is Automatic Downloads, which may debut with Mountain Lion.

Retina Graphics Apps Point to Retina Display on Thinner Macbook Pros

Retina Graphics Apps Point to Retina Display on Thinner Macbook Pros

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

There are plenty of rumors swirling around the web prior to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference due to commence tonight. However the appearance of apps with "Retina Graphics" in Apple's Mac App Store have pretty much confirmed the use of Retina displays on some of Apple's new hardware.

Apple to Release New Tracking Tool for Apps at WWDC 2012?

Apple to Release New Tracking Tool for Apps at WWDC 2012?

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

Apple is said to be releasing a new app tracking tool for developers to monitor who uses their software. This is part of Apple's strategy to better protect user privacy.

OS X Mountain Lion and New iCloud Features Coming to iOS 6?

OS X Mountain Lion and New iCloud Features Coming to iOS 6?

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

More updates are said to come to iOS 6, including OS X Mountain Lion - Notification Center ‘Do Not Disturb’ toggle, Safari iCloud Tabs, and Mail VIPs - and extended iCloud features.

Prototype Apple HDTV Surfaces in The Wild (Update)

Prototype Apple HDTV Surfaces in The Wild (Update)

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

An undisclosed source claims they've encountered a prototype model of Apple's upcoming high-definition television. The alleged Apple HDTV also flaunts LED backlights, much like Apple's current line-up of Cinema Display monitors, albeit on a larger scale.

No iOS 6 for Original iPad and Third-Gen iPod Touch?

No iOS 6 for Original iPad and Third-Gen iPod Touch?

NEWS / 11 Jun 2012

iOS 6, rumored to be announced during the upcoming WWDC 2012, will allegedly not support the original iPad or third-generation iPod touch, the Verge reports.

Next-Gen iPhone to Include HD Camera?

Next-Gen iPhone to Include HD Camera?

NEWS / 07 Jun 2012

According to a source, Apple's sixth-gen iPhone may be integrated with a front-facing camera capable of shooting with high definition resolution. Mingchi Kuo, KGI analyst, mentioned that Apple is expected to make "quite a few adjustments" to its next iPhone.

Facebook Integration and Revamped iOS Stores in iOS 6?

Facebook Integration and Revamped iOS Stores in iOS 6?

NEWS / 06 Jun 2012

Facebook integration will be baked into the upcoming iOS alongside revamped iOS digital stores, Tech Crunch and 9to5Mac reports.

Next-Gen iPhone Front Panel and Back Plate Point to Longer 4.0-inch Screen

Next-Gen iPhone Front Panel and Back Plate Point to Longer 4.0-inch Screen

NEWS / 01 Jun 2012

Leaked images and a video of the next-gen iPhone parts point to a longer, 16:9 format 4.0-inch touch screen, a metal back and a smaller dock connector.

iOS 6 to Showcase Siri API and iPad Support, 3D Mapping Functionality

iOS 6 to Showcase Siri API and iPad Support, 3D Mapping Functionality

NEWS / 31 May 2012

Apple's iOS 6 will allegedly welcome an assortment of improvements, including the availability of Siri on iPad, Siri API for developers and last but not least, Apple's own mapping system with 3D functionality.