Quick and dirty WWDC 2013 Rumor Roundup

A look at the most plausible Apple rumors leading into WWDC 2013.

WWDC is about 24 hours away and the Apple community will be watching intently as Tim Cook and company take the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to give us a glimpse into the future of iOS and OS X.

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding WWDC 2013, so to help sort out the wheat from the chaff, below are a list of the more prominent and plausible rumors we've heard thus far reagrding what Apple may have in store for us tomorrow. 

iOS 7

Of course, what everyone will be anticipating most is what changes Apple has implemented in iOS 7. This is the first mobile OS release with Scott Forstall out of the picture, and Jony Ive has reportedly lent his design aesthetic to the UI. That means we can expect less skeumorphism, but the extent to which it will completely disappear from the OS remains unknown.

9to5Mac typically has solid sources regarding future iOS releases, and this time around it has relayed that iOS 7 will sport an overall flatter design. Hopefully it won't be as flat as Windows Metro, but we'll have to wait and see to know for sure.

There have also been reports that Apple in iOS 7 will add Flickr and Vimeo integration, similar to how the company enhanced integration with both Facebook and Twitter in recent incarnations of iOS. Most recently, 9to5Mac also reported that Apple has been testing internal versions of AirDrop for iOS 7. Apple, of course, first introduced AirDrop with OS X Lion and enables users to transfer files between machines without a common Wi-Fi network.

Sources say that the AirDrop functionality is currently integrated into the standard iOS share menu. AirDrop will work between two iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac. The feature will make it easier than ever to transfer, for example, a photograph or document from one person's iPhone to another person's iPad.

While iCloud synchronization works well for sharing photos and documents between two iOS devices owned by the same person, the AirDrop feature will allow seamless individual file exchanges between iOS devices belonging to different people.

Lastly, Tim Cook mentioned during his recent interview at All Things D that Apple in the future may make its APIs more accessible. It remains to be seen if that will happen this year, but it's something to keep in mind.

iRadio

Pandora and Spotify certainly provide a great 1-2 punch for music lovers, but the latest reports from the rumor mill suggest that Apple will be getting into the music streaming business as well. Reports last week indicated that Apple finally secured deals with the largest record labels and that the company will announce iRadio this Monday. Word on the street is that iRadio will be free to users and, believe it or not, will be completely ad-supported. Users may not have the ability to stream songs on demand, but it will offer more functionality than Pandora to the extent that users will be able to replay songs if they so choose. Think of it as Pandora+.

OS X

There hasn't been much in the way of OS X rumors, which perhaps makes sense given that Apple has reportedly pulled engineers who were working on OS X 10.9 to help shore up iOS 7. The next iteration of OS X will be showcased, however, and rumors suggest that it will introduce a number of new features that will make power users happy.

New Macs

There have also been rumors that Apple will announce refreshed Macs. This may take the form of a new Mac Pro along with revamped MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. Expect new Macs to take advantage of Intel's recently released Haswell chips. Further, the MacBook Pro may sport a slimmer design as well. One analyst even believes that Apple's new MacBooks will feature full HD FaceTime cameras, but only on the Retina Display models. 

What won't be there

Don't expect any new iPads or new iPhone 5S. This WWDC will be all about software.

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