• Apple's WWDC 2011 Kicks Off Monday Morning



    The long wait is almost over. Tomorrow marks the official kick-off to Apple's 2011 World Wide Developers Conference. Although it doesn't appear - at least not at this time - that Apple will provide a live video stream of the event, MMi will be providing coverage of the keynote tomorrow, with in-depth follow-ups on all the new and refreshed goodies Apple will show off at the annual extravaganza.

    Here's what you need to know. Tomorrow, June 6th, beginning at 10:00 am PST, Apple chief Steve Jobs will take the stage at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco to lead off the keynote. With regard to the event specifics we've already been told to expect, Apple will unveil its next generation software - Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5; and iCloud. The event, however, may ultimately be defined by developments we can only presently speculate about. Music streaming? Mac OS X and iOS convergence? Digital lockers? Revamped AirPort/Time Capsule? The list goes on.

    The full scope of iOS 5, however, could be mind-blowing. With all the talk surrounding everything from new iOS widgets and wireless syncing to deep Twiter/Facebook integration and revamped notifications, it's likely that the presentation of iOS 5 could be the big show-stealer tomorrow. After all, there are enough rumors alone about the bells and whistles of iOS 5 to fill an entire keynote.

    On the other hand, if you're like me, the specifics surrounding iCloud are most intriguing. And, at the end of the day, I'm banking on iCloud being infinitely more impressive than we currently envision it to be. But, unfortunately, all we really know for certain at this moment about the forthcoming service is that Apple has an official logo for it. All other details have been cooked up between our collective imaginations and the rumor-driven tech blogosphere. Tomorrow, thankfully, we will finally be able to reconcile fact and fiction.

    Lastly, of course, is the burning question of the occasion: will we get a glimpse of the next-generation iPhone (either the iPhone 4s or the iPhone 5)? At this point, most are saying there's no chance we'll see the device tomorrow. But I'm not closing that window of opportunity just yet. Although I don't believe the new handset will be ready for the masses before late summer, there's no reason to believe that it's completely out of the question for Steve Jobs to show off that which will let iOS 5 work its magic upon release.

    What are your expectations for tomorrow's WWDC keynote?
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