WWDC 2013 – iOS 7 and iRadio appearing at 6pm GMT

ios7 iconsApple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is kicking off at 6pm UK time today – so, what should we expect?

The new-look iOS 7 will be unveiled later today and it sounds as though we should be expecting a flatter, cleaner version of the iPhone and iPad software.

Word is that there’ll be a fistful of new icons, black and white versions, and a new way of showing signal bars.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources “people involved in its development” – we can expect a flatter, skeumorphism-free OS with solid backgrounds and “more white space,” thanks to Jony Ive’s design influence.

There will also be new ways to share photos and videos with other iPhones, possibly via direct Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Also, iRadio looks to be almost certain to appear now that all three major music labels are now reported to be on board. This could enable Apple to steamroller companies such as Pandora and Spotify by offering a free (ad-supported) service to its hundreds of millions of iTunes users.

One big advantage Apple has over those rivals is its Genius service which already runs in the background looking at all of your iTunes library, trying to figure out what goes with what. This could make iRadio a strong contender because the best predictor of what music you’ll like is what music you already like – not, what your friends like.

As well as the new Apple iOS 7, OS X, I’m  also hoping to see the new iPhone 5S or 6, or both, a new iPod Touch, and new iMac’s, plus a new MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro

Check out Apple’s event page for more.

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