Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller confirmed this morning that new versions of iOS and OS X will be unveiled at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next June 10th to 14th. The news was rather expected, considering that OS X Lion and iOS 5 and OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 debuted at WWDC 2011 and WWDC 2012 respectively. This year, it will likely be iOS 7 and OS X 10.9.
“Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps,” said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller. “We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.”
There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the iOS 7 software update, ever since former iOS head Scott Forstall was ousted from Apple last October. It has been speculated that the next major version of iOS could have a “major overhaul,” with Apple design chief Jonathan Ive taking over the platform and giving it an increasingly minimalistic, flat design. How do we know that people are excited? In the past few months, we’ve seen countless — one, two, three, four and more — concept designs.
As far as OS X 10.9 goes, what’s known so far is that it will likely have Siri and Maps integration. Apple has been bridging the gap between its iOS and OS X platforms since the release of Lion, so those two new features would seem like a logical next step. We’ve also heard that OS X 10.9 might have been delayed because of the emphasis on iOS 7, but that remains pure speculation. A refreshed lineup of Macs should accompany the latest OS X version at WWDC.