Steve Jobs is due to return to the stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday June 6th to introduce Apple’s cloud-based sync service, the next version of the iPhone and iPad operating system – iOS5 – and the next version of the Mac OS, Lion.
iCloud is expected to feature a music streaming service which will allow users to access their music library from any Internet-connected device, such as an iPhone, without the need to save music files on the device. It is expected that the product will scan users’ iTunes libraries and then mirror them with Apple’s own high-quality audio files stored in the cloud.
Apple are rumoured to have agreed deals with all four of the major record companies, which Google had been unable to do earlier this year.
The service is expected to be free, initially, for users who have bought songs through iTunes and upgrade to Mac OS X Lion, with Apple considering a $25 a year subscription further down the line for the music streaming service.
iOS 5 is also expected to add new features that make it easier for users to automatically upload and publish their photos, movies and other content directly from iOS mobile devices. iOs5 may also include system-wide Twitter integration, more comprehensive voice control integration and a revamp of notifications and widgets.