SOFTWARE GIANT Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is just a few hours away, with excitement building over what analysts are calling Apple's most important announcements to date.
The firm is widely expected to unveil its next generation iOS and Mac operating systems, as well as its long-awaited Spotify rival, so here's a rundown of what we can expect.
It might be mere hours before WWDC kicks off, but iOS 7 has managed to leak ahead of its unveiling. Well, sort of, at least.
Apple news website 9to5Mac managed to catch a glimpse at an early beta of iOS 7, and although it was unable to post pictures of the software for fear of Apple slapping its wrists, it has mocked up images that give us sneak peek at what Apple's new 'flat' design looks like.
As expected, Jony Ive has radically changed the design of iOS, if this leak turns out to be accurate. App icons have been changed across the board, featuring 'flat' and simple designs. For example, the new Photos app icon will be changed from a sunflower to a simplistic colour wheel, while the Camera icon is little more than a white camera logo on a gray background.
9to5Mac claims that there are "two colour schemes for many of these apps - one black-ish and one-whiteish," hinting that black and white iPhones will have different coloured icons to match the phones' casing.
Apple is not expected to announce any new iPhone model(s) at WWDC, with an announcement likely to take place around September 2013/
As well as a redesigned iOS user interface, Apple is expected to unveil its Spotify competitor at WWDC, which is likely to be called iRadio. If speculation is to be believed, Apple has all three major record labels on board with the service.
The firm is also likely to offer just a free ad-supported subscription based model, with no paid-for alternative yet, and iRadio is expected to boast music discovery features so users can easily search out new tunes.
Mac OS X 10.9
As is typical of WWDC, Apple is also expected to unveil the next iteration of its Mac operating system, Mac OS X 10.9. The firm has managed to keep details of this operating system under wraps, although we're assuming it will arrive along with a new piece of hardware, possibly a Macbook Air with Retina display.
We'll be covering Apple's WWDC keynote from 6pm BST this evening, so check back with us then for all the latest. Apple will also be live streaming its keynote online here, and on Apple TV. µ
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