WWDC sneak peek: Don’t let iOS 6 blind you to the real action in iCloud

“I usually hold my nose at Apple rumor stories since 99 percent are simply made up or otherwise false. As Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in mid-June approaches, we’re getting the obligatory rumors of an iOS 6 reveal, as well as the perpetual rumors of both a 7-inch iPad and a completely new design for an ‘iPhone 5,'” Galen Gruman reports for InfoWorld.

“The 7-inch iPad ain’t gonna happen. Although Apple might conceivably refresh the iPhone design this fall and show it at WWDC, it won’t be for the sci-fi tech the rumormongers are speculating over, such as liquid metal and rounded glass,” Gruman reports. “(I am betting on a four-inch screen and an LTE 4G radio.) And new Intel Ivy Bridge-based MacBook Pros, probably including an Air-like thin version, are all but certain to debut at or before WWDC.”

Gruman reports, “But my tea-leaf reading suggests that even if we see iOS 6 and a new iPhone, the real emphasis at WWDC will be on iCloud, which spans iOS and OS X. It’s a consumerization technology that will affect everyone, more deeply than a new iPhone model or MacBook model would.”

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MacDailyNews Take: There is a close to zero chance that Apple will freeze their own market by showing the next-gen iPhone in June and not launching it until fall.

20 Comments

  1. iCold is a much deeper technology than MobileMe and will take much longer to mature and roll out. iCloud will also involve the developer community much more and bring considerably more uses and features than MobileMe ever had. A year from now you won’t believe what it will offer. Remember MobileMe wasn’t scheduled to be shut down until early this summer. Apple knew they had lots of work to do. Wait until you see what they’re adding to it at the WWDC. Wait until you see what developers bring to it in a year.

  2. I’ll be happy if iCloud just works. Right now, the file sync between iOS devices is inconsistent for me. Pages documents sync, Numbers documents don’t. Dragging files to the right place in iTunes has no effect, but dragging them to the web site does. Weird.

    I personally don’t care about phones, pads, clouds, or any of that stuff. Been there, done that, ready to move on. I’m interested in MacBook Pros and iMacs. There have been no rumors that they will include 802.11ac, which will be a big disappointment if they don’t. I’m also itchy for the next version of iWork or at least a fix for autocorrect, which changes Qyz to Yqz (why?) and couldnt to could’t.

  3. The 7″ is a foregone conclusion at this point, I will be more surprised if we don’t get one. No, at this point I think it is highly unlikely. It makes too much sense.

  4. “”MacDailyNews Take: There is a close to zero chance that Apple will freeze their own market by showing the next-gen iPhone in June and not launching it until fall.””

    Assuming Apple does not return to its historical June/July release schedule. At the very latest I think we will see a new iPhone in July.

  5. The beauty of iCloud is that it’s mostly invisible to the user. That’s why a lot of people don’t appreciate its significance. All the other “cloud” services from other tech companies (as well as the old MobileMe), are more “in your face.” They have to be, because the cloud-based service must be front and center; that’s what the customer is paying for…

    With Apple, iCloud is an “enabler,” not the product. Like the iTunes Store, App Store, and other Apple services, iCloud enhances the users’ experience of using Apple’s REAL products, Macs, iPhones, iPads… The user should usually not notice iCloud at all; they should be focused on using Apple’s hardware.

    One significant contribution of iCloud gets surprisingly little discussion. Before iCloud, iOS devices had to be initially set up using a “real” computer (running iTunes), then synced, backed up, and updated periodically through the docking cable. Because of this limitation, iOS devices were dependent on the customer having a Mac or Windows PC. NOW, after iCloud, iOS devices NEVER need to be connected to another computer, not even once. Everything that was previously done through a docking cable is now done through iCloud. iOS devices are now “equal peers” of Macs and PCs. An iPad (or even iPhone) can really be the customer’s ONLY computer. For Apple’s future, there is no aspect of iCloud that is more important.

    1. Excellent observation, ken1w. MobileMe was like another third-party app or web service to me – you had to log in and manually perform operations. MM was more or less an Apple copy of the web services offered by other companies, not an Apple interpretation of what a cloud service should be. It was basically a dead-end for Apple with little chance of widely spreading across the Mac/iOS ecosystem. iCloud is the initial incarnation of Apple’s vision of seamless interconnected computing.

      Sure, I will miss some of the functions offered by MM that are not (yet?) included in iCloud. But I can find web-based substitutes for those functions. iCloud is an interesting, embedded alternative that is “always on” for my Macs and all of my family’s iOS devices. iCloud is already quite useful and I believe that it will gradually evolve into a fantastic product that greatly magnifies the utility of all Apple computing products. One of iCloud’s greatest strengths is that all you have to do is sign up – it works automatically after that point. And that is exactly what is needed for a cloud service to be useful to most of the computing public.

    1. Are the competitors smaller tablet offerings failing to sell as well as the iPad because they are smaller, or because they are not iPads? That is the issue that your conclusion fails to consider.

      A smaller, attractively priced iPad will sell very well, IMO. People will buy them for kids and not worry as much about carrying them around to events as a $399 iPad 2 or a $499+ new iPad.

      MacBook Pros come in three display sizes. MBAs come in two sizes. Three versions of the iPhone are offered with the same display size, but different resolutions. The iMac is available in two screen sizes. Even the iPod is available in several display sizes (nano, iPod touch, classic) and no display at all (shuffle).

      How/why do you conclude that the current iPad display size is the one and only dimension that makes any sense whatsoever? Should we establish 9.7″ diagonal as a universal constant like Pi, e, or c?

  6. Steve Jobs has said no smaller iPad. So if they come out with a new half pint iPad and it is successful then it would make Jobs look bad and people would cry foul. But…the situation is very easy to remedy: make a bigger iPod not a smaller iPad. This would be a way to rejuvenate iPod sales & saving face at the same time. IPod touches are more of a gaming device anyway which would make perfect sense. Now how about a bigger iPad? My 7 year old wants an iPad the size of our 15″ MacBook Pro screen.

    1. Steve said no about a lot if things, right up until the moment they were announced

      Just because something was wrong yesterday doesn’t mean it isn’t right tomorrow.

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