WWDC 2011: Apple’s signature event of the year kicks off on Monday, when thousands of software developers descend on San Francisco to hear the latest from the company that defined the modern era of mobile computing four years ago this month with the launch of the iPhone. This year proves to be interesting: not only because Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) already announced what they were going to talk about (a rare if not unprecedented move), not only because iconic CEO Steve Jobs remains on medical leave yet very much in the public eye, and not only because Apple’s Web strategy appears to finally be ready for the 21st century. A preview of what to expect:
iOS: Forget all the hype about the iCloud: the single most important reason for WWDC remains iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A series of coordinated leaks to Apple-friendly bloggers over the past few months would appear to indicate that we’re not likely to see an iPhone 5 at this event. That also tracks with history: Apple has always shown off the next iteration of iOS a few months prior to launching new hardware.
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