With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference fast approaching we expected the rumor mill to speed up, and this weekend it has done just that. More iPhone 5 and iOS 5 rumors are flooding the Internet over the last couple of days than in the weeks before, but should this mean anything special?
We’ll stick out our neck and say yes, most rumors will never see the light of day but the increase of Apple rumors this week has led to some pretty solid possibilities. This site has listed a nice roundup of news breaking about WWDC 2011, iOS 5, and the mystery surrounding the iPhone “4S” name.
Most importantly we’re hearing that Apple are asking for journalists to come to WWDC, but not in the normal way. They are pushing more this year than any year before, and asking for UK journalists to fly to the June event in San Francisco. So its safe to say the news will be big, but what the “BIG” news is can be taken out of perspective.
Two safe bets would be iOS 5 with massive changes, or the updated model iPhone “4S”, although some blogs claim it could be iPhone 5 but we’re doubtful. Only adding to the confusion is whether there will be two 5th generation iPhone’s this year, or an updated model of iPhone 4 and one iPhone 5.
Two days ago we saw a post for a commercial ad listing, with claims it was for an “iPhone 5 commercial” cast. This is normal for this time of year with WWDC next month, but not if the iPhone 5 were not due to fall 2011. Again, it looks like these rumors are pretty solid but what they really mean is the real mystery.
Lastly, iOS 5 is expected to bring many new features that users have been crying out for, and one of these was turn-by-turn direction by another provider, although a report on iphonerumors.com claims that Google will still by supplying the maps for another year, which will mean iOS 6 at least. Some users feel Apple is behind on the abilities of turn-by-turn directions and wanted something better, and it’s our bet that Apple know this all to well and have a plan in place. What would you like?
We will leave you with our three most wanted features for iOS 5. These are widgets, revamped notifications, and the ability to block phone numbers right out of the box. You can expect more details to leak over the next coupe of weeks.
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