Apple will start its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with several important software releases: iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud service, as well as the next iteration of its desktop and mobile platform, Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5.
Apple announced earlier that the focus of this year’s WWDC will be software, in particular iOS and Lion, and recent rumors claim that the next generation iPhone will not be announced at the event.
The really big announcement this year is iCloud, which is rumored to be Apple’s cloud service for music. In an announcement Tuesday morning, Apple confirmed that iCloud is coming as a “cloud services offering” but didn’t mention music or provide details. Recent reports said that Apple has signed a licensing deal with EMI and was close to signing similar deals with Sony and Universal, which would pave the way for iCloud. Apple’s music offering comes hot on the heals of announcements of similar services from Google and Amazon.
The WWDC starts Monday, June 6, at 10 a.m. in San Francisco. For more details, check out the conference’s official site, and don’t forget to check Mashable for coverage of the event.
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