Earlier today Apple revealed that this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. The annual event will begin on June 10 and run through June 14 with tickets scheduled to go on sale at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern time on April 25.
The five day conference will likely kick off with a keynote address from Tim Cook and company. A press release on the matter said developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever. What’s more, Cupertino said they can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into the hands of developers at WWDC.
Barring any major hardware announcements (which don’t seem likely given Tim Cook’s recent comments during a quarterly earnings call), iOS 7 will probably take center stage at the week-long conference. What makes the upcoming version of iOS even more interesting is the management shakeup that went down late last year.
We’ve heard several rumors that iOS 7 could feature several new design elements which, given Scott Forstall’s exit, could very well be true. Most say he was a proponent of skeuopmorphic design while others like Jony Ive prefer a flat design. Ive now resides over the interface design team which means he likely has a much stronger influence in the direction that Apple’s mobile operating system will take moving forward.
As always, tickets for the conference are expected to sell like wildfire so if you are interested in going, you’ll need to reserve your spot as soon as pre-orders go live tomorrow.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
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