It's a rumorrific week for Apple fans as we gird our loins for the excitement that is the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. What will be revealed? What is already known? What surprises lie in wait? And how can we speculate more feverishly? These are all things the news loses its mind about, every single time Apple decides to host an event. But there were a few other nuggets out there in Newslandia. Let's not forget those stories.
While others chose to walk away from negotiations (Google) or ignore them completely (Amazon), it appears that Apple was successful at getting the record labels on board for its new iCloud service -- but at what cost?
A few short days away from the start of WWDC 2011, and the unveiling of iCloud, Apple has reportedly cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group which will give Apple the ability to now offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies. Not only that, but Apple has also come to agreement with some of the largest music publishers.
As any Apple fan knows, the company likes to offer one last morsel at most of its media events, usually introduced with CEO Steve Jobs announcing there’s “one more thing.” We’re fully expecting that the tradition will continue with Monday’s keynote to kick off WWDC 2011 -- so here are a few likely candidates.
As we ponder what kind of goodness is in store for us all with Apple’s new iCloud, a couple of related tidbits have come to light, including the company finally taking control of the iCloud.com domain and some possible hardware refreshes for WWDC.
All together now, mimicking Steve Martin in The Jerk: “The new iCloud is here! The new iCloud is here!” -- or at least it will be soon, according to a press release from Apple themselves on Tuesday. But do we know what exactly it will entail?
Let’s see, where’s that WWDC 2011 checklist? Oh, here it is. Apple issues press release confirming Steve Jobs keynote. Check! Secret “iCloud” plans outed. Check! And, Apple logos start going up at Moscone West. Check!
In an uncharacteristically open press release on Tuesday morning, Apple not only confirmed the appearance of CEO Steve Jobs for the WWDC 2011 keynote on Monday, June 6 but also outed iCloud and iOS 5 in addition to the release of Mac OS X Lion.
You may recall back on May 18 that we reported Apple was preparing to launch its annual back to school promotion on the heels of the “Apple Store 2.0” reboot on May 22. Much like a Harold Camping rapture prediction, the promotion has yet to appear -- but the wait may soon be over.
Hey, WWDC attendees and local nerds alike! Come hang out with us on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, the second day of WWDC. We'll be slurpin' down beverages and gabbin' about Apple right across the street from the Moscone Center at our official MacLife WWDC 2011 Reader Meetup. Join us, won't you?