Apple WWDC 2012: it's from June 11 to 15

Apple WWDC 2012: it's from June 11 to 15

Summary: Apple's next Worldwide Developers Conference will be June 11 to 15. Headlining: OS X Mountain Lion.

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Apple this morning announced that its next Worldwide Developers Conference will be held at San Francisco's Moscone West from June 11 to 15.

As with last year, the show will focus on its mobile and desktop operating systems, iOS and OS X, and presumably the increasing integration of them as the company prepares to release the ninth version of OS X, nicknamed "Mountain Lion," to developers.

The summer is also Apple's traditional time to release news of the next-generation iPhone, but the company deviated from expectation with the Oct. 2011 release of the iPhone 4S, breaking the cycle. It would not be a surprise if the company avoided any next-generation mobile device talk to focus on selling what's already on the market.

Last year's WWDC saw the formal release of Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud. It was Apple's first major attempt to begin knitting its disparate platforms together on the front end, through the introduction of feature such as the Mac App Store that brought its desktop devices in line with its mobile and cloud-based infrastructure.

Mountain Lion, to little surprise, promises to further this agenda by smoothing out more cross-platform wrinkles. It's evolutionary, hardly revolutionary, but that's the name of the game when you're releasing new versions on an annual basis.

The ease and affordability of upgrading -- and the lack of all-new, paradigm-changing features -- should please the Apple-based enterprise as it continues to accept iPads and iPhones. Unless the folks in Cupertino have deliberately kept a big feature under wraps -- the Siri personal assistant has been bandied about in the rumor mill -- the lack of surprise about the next version of its operating system might be the best gift of all.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile OS, Mobility, Smartphones, Software

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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    It'sNotMe
    • Well what ever it is it will sell like well iPhones:)

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      James Quinn
  • Coming soon to a Mac near you...

    Personally, I see Apple introducing real cross-platform development features in the near future. By this I mean, developers can write one universal application that runs the same across all Apple devices - Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The fact that Retina offers similar display dimensions to a desktop display makes this seem very doable. Will these applications be as elaborate as current desktop offerings? Obviously, not. Portable devices have less RAM, weaker CPU/GPU, and less storage space. On the other hand, for the vast majority of tasks, people don't need those massive, resource-heavy desktop applications. If you look at the best iOS apps, it's obvious that they're good enough for 99% of our usage. So, why not allow OS X to run those same applications? This will give developers even more reason to develop for iOS. This may not happen this year, but it will happen sooner, rather than later.

    I think most of us see Siri making its way to the desktop, too. I also think we might see iPad-like touch screen support in OS X sooner than we think, too. The next refresh of iMacs will probably include touch screens, so it would make sense for developers to get their hands on that support now.
    BillDem
    • MS is leading, will Apple follow?

      [i]By this I mean, developers can write one universal application that runs the same across all Apple devices - Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.[/i]

      This is where Microsoft is leading the market. Will Apple follow?
      toddbottom3
      • Probably not

        The two of them have different philosophies for computing, and I doubt that Apple will follow Microsoft's lead on this one.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Please; they use entirely different user interactions

        You can already write applications that work on both, buy them today in the app store.

        These don't operate as Mac applications according to Apple's human interface guidelines. Apple has chosen two interfaces for their two families of device iOS and OS X.

        This is unlike MS brave decision to unify. Apple hasn't indicated they'll be following MS. Time will tell which decision is the correct one.
        Richard Flude
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    Apple is yet to have a touch desktop OS, mountain loin is more of a hill kitten.
    Running ipad apps on a desktop without touch doesn't make any sense as they are made for phones or tablets with touch as only input.
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