How did I miss this? I had been expecting (like everyone else) that Apple would follow its own pattern of a new iOS and handset at the WWDC. MD Siegler says it ain’t so:
- iOS 5 will launch in the fall and will be a major revamp of the OS.
- It could well be previewed at WWDC, it just won’t be released then.
- The iOS 5 launch is also likely to coincide with the release of a new type of iPad, which we previously reported on.
- The new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new services launch from Apple that take advantage of this.
- Yes, one of those is very likely a “music locker” service. There is also a fall launch aim for this, during Apple’s annual music-themed event.
- But much of the cloud stuff will first be talked about at WWDC, Apple’s developer event which will take place in June.
- One of the new cloud service elements is likely a location service that focuses on finding friends and family members.
- As we said yesterday, OS X Lion is still on pace for a summer release — some of the new cloud components are likely to be baked into it as well.
I am predicting that iOS will be mindblowing, especially because the ‘music locker’ will be based on streaming music and movies from the cloud. We will be able to upload (or virtually upload?) all the media in iTunes, and then delete it from our drives. Yay!
And Lion will be the first release of Mac OS where the web won’t seem like such an afterthought.