Steve Jobs himself to introduce iCloud, iOS 5, and Mac OS X Lion at WWDC next week

In what is riveting news for Apple fanatics across the globe, the CEO himself—in spite of health concerns—will keynote the company's Worldwide Developers Conference next Monday in San Fransisco.

Steve Jobs is expected to introduce three major updates. First, Mac OS X Lion, which is Apple's eighth release of a Mac OS X and will take cues from the mobile OS—which is the second announcement. Steve will be be highlighting the features of iOS 5, the next-gen mobile platform that will be standard on what is rumoured to be the "iPhone 4S" in September (iPhone 4's will be upgradeable to iOS 5, but not the 3GS or any other prior models). The iPad will also run iOS 5.

Finally, Steve will announce iCloud. Inspired by a need to dramatically rework the underwhelming MobileMe service Apple offers, and to compete with Windows in the cloud space, iCloud will be the company's first cloud services product. Initially, it is expected to focus on music, effectively trumping Google's and Amazon's cumbersome efforts.

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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