April 17, 2024

Bits: Apple to Unveil New Software

Apple said on Tuesday that it would announce “next generation” software for its computer and mobile operating systems next week in a keynote address at a developers conference.

The announcement will be made Monday by Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, and a team of other executives at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Mr. Jobs has been on medical leave since January, though he made a surprise appearance in March to introduce a new iPad.

Apple said the new software would include iCloud, which will be the company’s cloud computing offering. The company will also show a new release of its OS X operating system for desktop and laptop computers, called Lion, and iOS 5, the latest update to Apple’s mobile operating system, which supports the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The company’s decision to announce the keynote event in advance was unusual for Apple as the company usually goes to great pains to remain secretive about any coming announcements or new products.

Apple has recently completed a billion dollar data-center that it is expected to discuss at the developers conference.

There has been curious speculation for over a year about the company’s plans for a cloud-based music service that would eliminate the need for consumers to download songs from iTunes and instead stream them from any Apple device.

The iCloud software could also be used to power a new era of cloud computing for the company in which desktop computers and mobile devices are able to share content, including music, photos and videos, through the iCloud software without the need of a USB cable and the laborious task of synching these devices.

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