Apple iCloud readied for WWDC launch

Cloud service gets Worldwide Developers Conference unveiling alongside new OS X and iOS...

Cloud service gets Worldwide Developers Conference unveiling alongside new OS X and iOS...

The iPad's new operating system, iOS 5, also launches at WWDC

iOS 5, the next version of the operating system that powers the iPad and iPhone, will also be unveiledPhoto: Apple

Apple is to launch a raft of new software at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco next week.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver a keynote at the conference on Monday 6 June, at which the company will be unveiling iOS 5 - the latest release of the operating system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - as well as the next version of OS X, known as Lion.

Apple watchers have already had a first taste of Lion, with the Mac maker showcasing some of its features at a press event in October last year, as well as releasing a developer preview in February.

Along with Lion and iOS 5, Apple will announce the arrival of a new product called iCloud at the WWDC keynote.

Apple gave no details on what to expect from the software, describing it only as its "upcoming cloud services offering". However, the Apple rumour mill is predicting that cloud music storage and streaming will make an appearance in iCloud.

Apple's statement did not give those expecting to see a new version of the iPhone cause for hope. The so-called iPhone 5 was conspicuously absent from the announcement.