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Enhancements, fixes to iCloud
iCloud remains buggy and problematic for many. "It just works," is the one tagline that those who are suffering would never associate with the cloud-based service.
It's hoped that iCloud will become more integrated as part of Apple's wider services, but focusing on getting the foundation level working properly without hassle should be a major priority.
Recent patent acquisitions could see a better navigation and file system view, while many are expecting some kind of integration with iRadio, the highly anticipated 'next move' for iTunes. But whether or not developers would be given early access to the APIs and application hooks needed to tie in with third-party applications may be one for an iPhone or iPad launch later on in the year.
Will we see an iWatch?
The rumor mill has been spinning for months on a potential iWatch product, a wristwatch like device that might resemble an alternative to those who don't want to be dogged with Google Glass.
Expected to be a similar size and shape to the fifth generation iPod nano, it could be on the cards for WWDC 2013 — should the technology be ready. It's even spurred on almost every other major mobile maker to announce in some way, shape or form that they are developing a smart watch device. While apps are unlikely to be included and little for developers to play with — perhaps more a hardware accessory opportunity — health sensors and Siri-like services could be on the cards.
Emerging market iPhone?
The rumor mill suggests that Apple is readying a budget iPhone for the emerging market. We're not expecting to see a new iPhone for the U.K., Australia, Asia and Europe for the next few months — September or October is more likely.
Apple will likely not want to degrade design aesthetic or make a sub-par quality product. It's likely that if it can make a cellular device that keeps in tune with its overall design merits while cutting down the cost of the device itself, Apple could ship vast amounts of cheaper iPhones, albeit with a lower profit margin, with potentially a greater reward.
Apple's regular iPhones for the Western markets are typically announced during the third-quarter of the year. While iOS 7 will be announced at WWDC 2013, do not expect an iPhone or iPad to make an appearance at the conference.
Considering iPhone 5 sales have not been as strong as previous iterations of the smartphone, according to analysts, iOS 7 will likely be pitched at iPhone 5 users in order to encourage sales.