WWDC 2012 promises to be a big show if all the rumors turn out to be true. So here's a look at the latest buzz around Apple's annual summertime conference, which starts with a keynote address on June 11 at 10 a.m. on the West Coast.
There is also some speculation that Apple will refresh its iMac all-in-one desktops.
This should allow you to share photos, links, and other content to Facebook with just a few clicks instead of going in and out of Facebook's iOS apps. Facebook integration could also make it easier to sign in to other iOS apps and Web services with your Facebook ID. Right now, you have to authorize Facebook sign-ons through the social network's iOS app or the Web interface. Rumors of a Facebook-iOS marriage have been circulating since 2010.
Apple is also expected to dump Google Maps in iOS 6 and begin using its own mapping technology. The new Maps app could debut as early as next Wednesday at WWDC, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple in recent years has been snapping up mapping companies including Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9, reportedly in anticipation of dumping Google Maps. The company in March also used its own mapping features in the new iPhoto for iOS. Google recently announced a number of feature improvements to Google Maps including 3D flyovers, more Street View images, and offline maps.
MacBook UpdatesApple may be making a dramatic change to the MacBook Pro laptop product line next week, according to Bloomberg. The refreshed MacBook line would include high-definition ?retina? displays, Ivy Bridge chips, and flash storage. The new laptops may also be missing an optical drive, making it much thinner than current versions, according to 9to5 Mac, perhaps even verging into MacBook Air-like territory.
A demonstration of new Apple TV software may also be on the docket for WWDC, according to BGR. Not much is known about the purported Apple TV refresh, but BGR says it may include a way for you to control all your home entertainment components from the Apple remote and the Remote iOS app. However, this functionality would need to be enabled by device manufacturers so it likely wouldn't be available for hardware you have in your home right now. BGR claims the Apple TV OS refresh will also be the software powering Apple's rumored television set.
If the rumors are accurate, the WWDC 2012 keynote could be a long one, so make sure you have lots of popcorn on hand before sitting down to check out the live blogs during the event.