Steve Jobs to speak at Apple’s WWDC 2011: iCloud, iOS 5, Lion, iPhone 5

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take the stage Monday morning, at the 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference, reports the Washington Post.


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On medical leave since January, Jobs’ appearance at San Francisco’s Mascone West marks Apple’s annual launch of new products. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone 4.

iCloud though, takes the buzz, at this year’s software-heavy launch. The service is expected to include a streaming iTunes capability, so users may essentially have remote access to their music from anywhere. Though iCloud expands far past music, writes John Gruber, a blogger of all things Apple at Daring Fireball. “Music is a feature of iCloud; iCloud is not a music service.” Gruber speculates the iCloud could alter the game from relying on USB ports and cables.

Other new software includes Lion, a App-heavy operating system, which is expected to feature a “Launchpad” navigation screen, showing users all their Apps, and the iOS 5, the new mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad touch.

Although Apple has not mentioned the release of new hardware, rumors are still flying of the launch of an iPhone 4S/5. Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies & Co., says the next iPhone will include “minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-processor and HSPA+support.”

An iPhone 5 launch is rumored for the fall, unless Apple brings Christmas early this year.

Jobs’ is expected to speak at 1 p.m. est. Follow live blogging coverage at Gizmodo, engadget, cnet, Mac Life, and SlashGear.

(via Washington Post)