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Updated: June 11, 2012 12:49 IST

Apple expected to show fresh software, new Macs

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Apple CEO Tim Cook (in picture) is expected to launch new iPhone and Mac softwares in Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference in New York. File photo
AP Apple CEO Tim Cook (in picture) is expected to launch new iPhone and Mac softwares in Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference in New York. File photo

Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to unveil new iPhone software, updated Mac computers and provide more details on future releases of Mac software when he kicks off the company’s annual conference for software developers on Monday.

The announcement of new software for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has been confirmed by banners that appeared at the Moscone conference center in San Francisco on Friday, reading “iOS 6.” Apple has used its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) as an opportunity to announce new iPhone software for the past few years.

What new features will come with iOS 6, or when it will be released to consumers is yet to be announced. Usually, the new software becomes available for download around the time a new iPhone model appears. Apple-watchers expect the next version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, to appear this fall, about a year after the launch of the 4S model.

In 2010, Apple demonstrated the new iPhone 4 at the WWDC, but analysts don’t expect the company to show off a phone model this year.

With the launch of iOS 5 last year, Apple added many features already found in competing smartphone software. It also added the “Siri” virtual assistant feature, which interprets voice commands and talks back to the user.

This year, there are fewer “catch up” features to add, so Apple watchers expect more modest improvements. Some speculate that Facebook could become more tightly integrated, in much the same way that Apple baked Twitter functions into its software last year. That could make it easier to post Facebook status updates from within Apple’s apps.

On the Mac software side, there are fewer unknowns. Apple already demonstrated most of the features of OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” in February and said it will go on sale late this summer. Developers are already able to download a version of the software. It narrows the gap between the PC and phone software packages, making Mac personal computers work more like iPhones.

Microsoft Corp., Apple’s chief competitor in PC software, is on a parallel course. It’s set to release Windows 8 later this year, bringing the look and user interface of Windows Phone to PCs.

Mr. Cook is also expected to announce new Mac models. Intel Corp. has just updated its processor line with faster, less power-hungry chips, and most of Apple’s Mac lines haven’t had a major update in a year.

The biggest mystery surrounds Apple’s ambitions in television-making. Late company founder Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he wanted to remake the TV. Apple does sell an “Apple TV,” but it’s small box that connects to a TV to display movies from iTunes. There’s much speculation that Apple plans to make a full-blown TV set, integrated with iTunes.

Few company watchers expect Apple to reveal such a set at WWDC, but there’s broad speculation that it could make a minor step toward Jobs’ goal by releasing updated software for the Apple TV, expanding on its relatively limited functions.

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Power of invisible technologyOctober 31, 2012

@TAPAN MARTHA. I must firstly clear the facts. Apple Inc. is an American company that designs computer software, broadly speaking. Now, they primarily make these gizmos for their native country, USA, although they have begin to consolidate their market in other countries, most notably in People's Republic of China. Since a major part of their revenue comes from the affluent households of United States where people are so fanatic in things that they do that they won't mind shelving more money for brilliant products of Apple Inc. Now, Apple Inc. surely is a very innovative and intellectual brand in the world right now, arguably of course. They do have the capability to design the most cheapest tablet in the world but my above stated reason stops them from doing that now. Of course, in the future, that may just happen with Asian markets in consideration. But for now, that is theoretically possible but practically and reasonably impossible for iPad at least as more focus is on small iPhone

from:  Prakhar Tripathi
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 00:05 IST

The only way to force apple like companies to make product cheaper and affordable is to go for free software and donate time and money to encourage already existing free software foundation and where ever possible do not take money for your services to create The Freeconomy Community which is also already existing.

from:  Frederick Dsouza
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 23:48 IST

when apple will make cheapest tablet in the world, we are waiting for that -- tapan martha -rathipur- jatni- orisssa

from:  TAPAN MARTHA
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 12:53 IST
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