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Developers and investors alike will be paying close attention to the talking points and new products that Apple will introduce at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
As Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference approaches investors around the world will be paying close attention to rumors about what Apple may reveal, and what it may not, during the five-day event. The information leaked so far reveals a quick peek at some of the talking points and new products that Apple will likely be covering at the conference.
One of the most anticipated announcements is the possibility of a long awaited update to Apple's Mac computer line. The early reports indicate Apple may introduce a new MacBook Pro that is thinner, more powerful, and boasts a new a high-resolution retina display screen. Some industry watchers say there is also the possibility of a new iMac desktop as well as improved versions of the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs. The word is that Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors will be incorporated into all three Mac varieties, and the MacBook Pro will also be getting USB 3.0 ports and upgraded graphics capabilities.
Next on the list is talk of new features added to Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion operating system that may integrate several features from Apple's iOS mobile operating system, including improved iCloud integration, a game center, a messages platform and a notification center. Apple's new iOS 6 mobile software is expected to come out later this year, but the developers at the conference could get a sneak preview of the system that is expected to make big changes for the highly anticipated iPhone 5. However, given Apple’s reputation for keeping its cards close to the vest, few people expect that very many details will be given away prior to the official hardware launch.
Another area of great interest to the conference attendees will be the possibility of Apple divorcing its arrangement with Google Maps with the launch of the iOS 6 operating system. Considering that Google just released new 3d updates to its own maps applications this month, there are rumors that Apple's maps systems may counter with its own version of 3D mapping features and turn-by-turn navigation instruction system that is specific to the iOS system. Apple’s initial new maps systems are expected begin their coverage in Europe at first, and the America’s will be added at a later date.
Siri is back in the news at Apple too, with the expectation that Siri will come to the iPad with the iOS 6 operating system. It is a good bet that Apple will announce that the Siri voice-enabled personal assistant feature that has spawned a bit of controversy and a few lawsuits in the early months, will be gaining new features and some much needed improvements as well. In addition to Siri being installed in the newest iPad with the iOS 6 operating system, many developers are hoping to learn how to better integrate Siri into their third-party apps too.