According to well-connected Apple pundit Jim Dalrymple, writing for The Loop, the upcoming WWDC keynote will be centered upon the release of new Macs and — as we’ve heard from Apple — the intersection of iOS and OS X.
Don’t expect to see a new iPhone or iPad, as Dalrymple notes that these are two flagship Apple products that deserve their own standalone event. The devices are industry leaders and game changers, playing a crucial role in what competitors do in the smartphone and tablet spaces.
Apple instead will debut new Macs alongside the latest version of OS X, which should further bridge the gap with iOS software. Apple has been working to create an increasingly seamless experience between OS X and iOS since Lion launched a few years ago, and look for that trend to continue.
Dalrymple also commented on the flat redesign that iOS 7 is expected to receive, with Jonathan Ive in charge, claiming that Apple will likely focus on modernizing the operating system versus giving it a complete overhaul. The gradual change in the look and feel of OS X is cited as a good example, since the Mac platform has remained very similar at its core since before Leopard.
At the All Things Digital conference last night, Apple chief executive Tim Cook stressed the importance of finding the perfect balance at the intersection of hardware, software and services. WWDC promises to give us — and developers — a glimpse at all three, and will hopefully improve the Apple ecosystem as a whole.