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Hardware, software: What will see at Apple's WWDC 2013?
We're expecting a bevy of software announcements — including some on the hardware front. But there's room for Apple's next major product to make an appearance.
Could it be a radio product? Could the company announce a watch? Or did Apple fix the leaks in its supply chain and it now has something brand new up its sleeve to show?
What's clear is that iOS 7, the mobile platform, and its OS X 10.9 desktop platform will be announced for developers during the week long event as they prepare to rework their apps for the new features and improvements.
Remember, WWDC is a developer's event. It's designed for application and service makers to come together to learn about the latest features and hooks that they can use in their own products, which continue to add to the lucrative and vast money-making ecosystem that Apple has.
Based on previous years and looking at the ever-churning rumor mill, here are a few things what we think we can expect to see during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in early June.
Editor's note: This slideshow was first published on May 3, but has since been updated on June 3 to reflect the latest rumors and known updates, with additional and new content.
iOS 7 to be announced
We know iOS 7 will be announced at the conference. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said in a press release: "We can't wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC," which is not a major surprise considering the annual release cycle of the mobile platform.
What can we expect in the next major release of iOS 7? There's sufficient talk of two major changes, but we can also expect other new features — likely improvements to the Safari browser, better in-built apps such as Weather, and a range of improvements to the camera.
iOS 7: User interface overhaul
The iPhone and iPad user interface is expected to change dramatically by making it much "flatter," putting it in line with many already similarly-styled apps available for the platform.
With Scott Forstall no longer at the software helm, and Jony Ive now taking the reins, it's more than likely that the hardware chief will also see major changes to the user interface aesthetic and design as well. According to reports, the "flat" design will more specifically simplify the icons and user interface.
Exactly how far these changes will go remains to be seen. Designer Tim Green created a mock-up that gives an idea of what the new user interface could look like.
It's also expected that other popular services, such as Vimeo and Flickr, will be integrated deeper into the platform, along with additional sharing features.