We pretty much know this is a cert. 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," and given that the conference is full of developers it would make sense to give them access to the next operating system. There have been plenty of rumours about the new OS. It will apparently be a lot prettier and more functional with new icons etc designed by Mr Ive. There is also likely to be enhancements to the camera, the Safari browser and other apps. Other possibilities include the integration of more security related features in the OS. This follows Apple's $356 million purchase of fingerprint and biometric security firm AuthenTec. This may usher in two new key features for Apple. Fingerprint recognition and NFC which in theory could enable the next generation of iPhones to double as credit cards.
Next week Apple diehards and fan people gather together for its annual WWDC bash. It comes at a very interesting time for Apple with its iPhone range in dire need of a refresh and its tablets under attack from all sides.
However, unless there is a massive surprise, don’t expect new iPhones and iPads next week. There are ongoing rumours that the company has had some production problems with several elements of its 2013 range and that we won’t hear product announcements until later in the Summer, or maybe even the Autumn.
So what can we expect?