There was a time when the announcement of the date for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) would strike excitement into the very tip of our collective manhood.
Alas, it’s looking like WWDC will be decidedly developer-centric “going forward”. But heck, we’ll probably meet iOS 6, right? Yeah, probably.
For those who are wondering what the hell I’m rambling on about, for three straight years we met the latest and greatest iPhone at WWDC, starting with the iPhone 3G in 2008 through to the iPhone 4 in 2010.
Last year, however, Apple disappointed the world (slight exaggeration, perhaps) when it failed to reveal the iPhone 4S at WWDC in June. To be fair, Apple pretty much told us that'd be the case ahead of time, but we were still hopeful of a "one more thing" surprise at the end. Sob.
Apple did, however, talk iOS 5, introducing us to Android-style notifications, Newsstand, PC Free goodness, enhanced Game Center action, and iMessage. Strange to think that those things are still relatively new. Hmm.
This year? Phil Schiller: “We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers. The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”
WWDC 2012 takes place from June 11 to June 15 in good old San Francisco.