WWDC 2011 to Bring iOS 5 with Widgets, Revamped Notifications

Techcrunch is reporting on information from their sources, stating that this WWDC will be about “Apple’s entire software backbone,” including Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” and iOS 5.

Lion is expected to be put out in the GM form during the conference, and shipping soon thereafter. There may be a few new features hidden up Apple’s sleeve, though they aren’t likely to be earth-shattering. Lion should prove to be a standard Mac OS X software update, though it may have its head in the cloud in that it will be sold on the virtual shelves of the Mac App Store, as well as the Apple Store’s wooden shelves.

iOS 5, though, seems to be on track for an interesting update. First off, the Naunce software that Apple reportedly licensed will not make it into Voice Control – odd, considering that that would be the most apparent and seemingly logical place. Perhaps something else entirely new will be added for this speech-recognition feature?  iOS also seems set to take a major feature out of the Android playbook: widgets. Not totally surprising, but still very sought after. Apple’s implementation will likely be focused around not killing battery life and compromising the user experience with slow, laggy performance. Last on the train of iOS rumors reported by Techcrunch‘s MG Siegler is that there will indeed be a revamp to the notifications system and UI. It isn’t apparent what exactly that entails, but then again anything would be an improvement over the notifications that we have now.

They also say that an iPhone 4S is a no-go, according to all but one of their sources. That one source is in the vast minority, but believes that Apple will surprise everyone with an iPhone announcement at WWDC 2011.


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