Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just around the corner and Apple has a tradition of introducing new devices during this event. Previous introductions during the event include iPhone and iPad. However, although there would not be any new device introduced this year during the event we certainly do expect the release of an updated version of iOS for Apple devices, iOS 6. Other than that, we can expect some updated Mac computers. iOS 6 would also be running on iPhone 5 which would be released later this year, so there have to be some important updates in this version of the operating system.
One of the most important things that are expected to be included in the updated version of iOS happens to be iMaps, a possible alternative to Google maps. Last week Apple removed Google app off its operating system which gives rise to speculations about an alternate Apple version of maps. Whether the app would be called iMaps or anything else is not confirmed, but there is an increasing anticipation about the release of such an app. The expectations are quite valid since Apple also purchased 3D-mapping company C3 technologies last year.
The new operating system is also expected to have closer integration with Facebook, just like the previous version had with Twitter. With this integration, users would be able to have system-wide Facebook log-in for apps. This integration would also be important for Facebook after a recent failure in IPO. Besides, Facebook is one of the main sources of traffic for Apple App Store. According to the official announcement by Facebook, users of the website went from the website to Apple App Store 83 million times. Related to Facebook, there would also be a feature of “App Liking” according to which users would be able to “like” apps from within the iPhone app store.
There just might be Siri for iPad in the new software update. However, so far this is a pure speculation and there aren’t any hints from Apple in this regard. However, it would be quite natural to expect such as update for iPad after using Siri on iPhone 4S. Finally, developers have also been expecting Macs with better displays to be announced during the event.