Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Monday and the rumor mill is cranking away. Everything from the next desktop operating system to a new iPad is on the table.
Can we expect a fifth-generation iPad at this year's WWDC? It doesn't seem likely, but a recent report has raised some eyebrows. CNET reports Gumdrop Cases has already released a case for a so-called iPad 5. This isn't the only time the case-maker has predicted Apple products ahead of an official announcement, but according to CNET, the company has been accurate 4 out of 5 times.
Apple is widely expected to announce an update to its mobile operating system -- iOS 7. Rumors reported by 9to5Mac say that the new design will be "black, white, and flat all over." Meaning, the giant may move away from a shiny, bubbly design to a look that is stripped down with more black and white elements.
Citing sources in design meetings, 9to5Mac reports that Apple senior vice president of industrial design Jony Ive is making the push because he believes "software designs filled with physical metaphors do not stand the test of time."
Other changes that could come to iOS 7 include: dropping the shine from the transparent time bar on the lock screen, switching from a square password keypad to a round one and changing the drop-down design from gray linen to a dark gray background with white text.
CNET reports that Apple made a deal with Warner Music over the weekend, suggesting that rumors of a streaming radio service are close to being a reality. The tech giant already has a deal with Universal Music and is said to be in negotiations with Sony.
The music streaming service is said to work more like Pandora because it does not offer on-demand listening, CNET reports. But listeners of the radio service may be able to click through and purchase songs they like.
New MacBook Pros
Apple may update its MacBook Pro line with better hardware and software. Citing KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, MacRumors reports the tech giant will announce a slimmer 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that has a slimmer design and better camera. Kuo also believes the MacBook Air will get dual built-in microphones, like last year's MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Apple's keynote address will take place on Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m. PT. CNET will live blog the event.