Apple started setting up for its Worldwide Developers Conference days in advance of its kickoff, offering a glimpse at what will greet attendees next week and it will announce its iCloud service at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The new service, expected to be centered around streaming music, will be unveiled during the morning keynote and Apple has signed licensing deals with EMI Music and Warner Music Group for a cloud -based music service………
Apple Inc. said Tuesday it will unveil its cloud-computing product and the latest version of the mobile operating system in a keynote address to be hosted by Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs and other executives next week. Jobs, who is currently on medical leave, and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC, with a keynote address on June 6. Jobs had said in early January that he will go on medical leave once again to focus on his health. This marks the third time in the past decade that the 55-year old flamboyant CEO has taken medical leave of absence. However, Jobs had unveiled Apple‘s new tablet PC, iPad 2, in early March this year. At the key note on Monday, Cupertino, California-based Apple is slated to unveil the eighth and latest version of the Mac OS X operating system, called Lion, and iOS 5, the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system that powers iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. In addition, the company will unveil its cloud services product called the iCloud.
Apple’s decision to announce the keynote event in advance is surprising as it usually remains secretive about its product plans before their actual launch announcements. However, the company did not make any mention about the launch of a new version of the iPhone, which it typically unveils at the WWDC event.The company noted that the developers’ conference will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac developers will be able to see and learn how to develop Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities, the company said. Further, the company said that mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to enhance the functionality, performance and design of their applications. In late April, Apple reported a jump in profit for the second quarter to $5.99 billion or $6.40 per share from $3.07 billion or $3.33 per share in the year-ago period. Net sales for the quarter rose to $24.67 billion from $13.50 billion in the prior-year quarter. The results reflected strong sales of iPhone, the iPad tablet device and Macintosh computers.