June 3rd, 2011

Apple to unveil iCloud and iOS5 on June 6th

Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 11Steve 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.

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