This morning Apple announced plans for the WWDC keynote which will take place this coming Monday June 6th. As usual, details are vague and the inevitable "one more thing" is veiled in secrecy, but here's what they've said so far:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software - Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apples advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple's upcoming cloud services offering.

I'm anxious to see what iOS 5 and iCloud bring to iOS gaming. We likely won't know any details until the keynote itself, but I'm hoping for either an updated (or greatly refined) version of Game Center. Also, it would be super-sweet if iCloud functionality included some kind of cloud-based save game syncing across iOS devices.

  • Andy Raczynski

    hopefully it also brings a version of itunes that doesn't suck.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I'm slamming my Staples easy button right now.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I'm slamming my Staples easy button right now.

    • JRobb

      True, it's horrible to manage my thousand app collection in iTunes. There must be an easier way to organize them or to select which apps go where.

      • Mrsmartiepants

        Pirate.

    • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

      Yes-- folders for managing apps, less bloat and freezing, accurate free space prediction (I have to free up 600mb to sync 50mb of photos), a wishlist that doesnt take a million clicks to navigate...

      and please, please, please, add global hotkeys :(

  • Hawk

    It's true that having finally a decent saving system would be greatly appreciated !

  • Anonymous

    I sincerely hope there's going to be a drastic iOS revision.  I can't be the only one tired of the old icon screen.

    ...right guys?

    • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

      I think there will be good news but the icon grid will remain the same (probably in a different arrangements but they can't change the icons shape)

    • Anonymous

       Agreed. This old fashioned layout is getting really boring, imho. If I compare it with Android it is really basically just an app launcher, it DOES need a major revision.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I have a friend with a two year old child who is capable of proficiently using his iPhone. I think that's a testament to just how well designed the whole thing is. What needs to be revised?

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. I'm not really sure where this line of thinking is going. "iOS just gives you direct access to all your apps, surely the OS should be more in my way all the time?"

      • Anonymous

        It's ease of use is definitely not in question.  However after 4+ years of using iOS I've accumulated a good number of apps!  12 apps per folder just doesn't cut it...I'm still fumbling across multiple pages to find an app.  Search helps relieve that a bit but I'm sure Apple can think of a more intuitive way to navigate hundreds of applications.

        Moreover, I would love to see some form of widget added to the home screen (or iOS in general).

        Also, I have a 3 year old niece that has no issue using her mom's Windows 7 PC.  I think the world is ready for a more advanced UI :-)

      • Caezar

        Ever heard of jailbreaking for increased functionality? Yeah, not all of us are pirates.

      • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

        My daughter has been playing with my iPod Touch since she was about 1. Before she was 2 she could turn it on and unlock the device. About a month ago she figured out how to find shows she wants to see on NetFlix. She's getting an iPad2 soon...

        I like to think she's smart - but I'm sure the simplicity of iOS helps out here. My wife doesn't even have folders on her iPhone.

        However, there needs to be a switch or an option somewhere to allow those that do want some extra functionality to do so, without jailbreaking. We just need a little bit of something - most of my pages are folders now (593 apps as of this morning!)

        I would love to see:
        1) "bigger" folders. Even if it was 16 apps per instead of 12.
        2) Some way to save app data with it off the phone. I could remove a lot of apps if I could save their data. iTunes File Sharing is a start, but not many apps take advantage of it. Services that use "the cloud" are OK, but I'd like to not have to depend on anything besides my own computer.
        3) More speed/stability in iTunes.  Managing 3000+ apps in iTunes just isn't doable. These days I copy my IPA files to another location, and delete apps I don't want to play with now/soon from my library.  I put iPad and "to play later" IPAs in distinct folders.

      • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

        I'd like to see the inclusion of something similar to Scrollingboard, along with its built in browser on the home screen-- less double clicking on the home button and more instantly available access. And definitely some integration of instant toggles like Sbsettings and a notification system similar to MobileNotifier.

        Those tweaks are so obvious that it's a wonder Apple hasn't added them in or made similar advances yet.

      • Anonymous

        Nobody is arguing about the simplicity of iOS in the terms of ease of use. However, do you really think we should talk about a smartphone OS by bringing a 2 y/o child in it? I totally believe s/he can manage just fine but I think we all know that iOS is "idiotproof" (not talking about the kid, of course, just in general). The thing is that I expect more functionality from a smartphone than what is currently implemented. In my opionion it is getting more and more behind, every newly added feature is "old". For example I had wifi sharing in WinMo 6.1 - to iOS it came just 'now'. The multitasking features are a joke too (but that applies to all other, AOS included).
        What about some more "live" features, better file management maybe? You don't need to be an expert to want that and if you don't want to use it you will simply not use it. Simple as that. Same about Flash, I don't care what Jobs says, the internet is not going to change from month to month just because there is not FP for iOS and surprisingly there are still sites that use it, and not few. Give us the option at least.
        The folders are abysmal at the moment - why are they so limited? And the GUI itself - I don't know, it simply bores me after so long time, there is nothing to change there at all.

      • Decoy Octopus

        It would be nice if ios 5 allowed users to change themes just like winter board.

      • Stephen

        @Fygo

        *Cough* WP7 *cough*

  • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

    "Also, it would be super-sweet if iCloud functionality included some kind of cloud-based save game syncing across iOS devices." Yes please, I couldn't be more upset about the fact I have to beat superman stick golf twice on the iPad and iPhone

    • nizy

      When you consider Apple's push tech that they use for MobileMe and apply that here, they could have areally sweet solution to game saves across multiple devices. Think about it, the game automatically saves your data locally and sends it to the cloud, where it's pushed out to all your devices immediately.

    • Anonymous

      This is honestly my #1 hope for iOS 5. Game Center support should automatically include cross-device cloud saves. Those cloud saves should of course stick around even if I delete an app, so that I can pick it back up later if I change my mind (or an update comes out). Also, logging someone else into Game Center should automatically grab their saves, so that multiple users could use a device (a la Xbox) without games needing multiple save "slots".

    • Anonymous

      Also, though, I hope that game save data is associated with Game Center profiles, and that they make it easy to switch profiles, optionally without having to enter the password. I.e. so it's like our Xbox. Indeed, having game data associated with GC profiles is even more important to me then syncing between devices, though obviously I want that too.

    • Anonymous

      So you got to play the game two times, what's bad about that? There are a few situations where save sharing would be nice, but complaining simply because you got twice as much play time from a game that was already exceptional value for money just sounds strange. When I upgraded from my iPod 2nd gen to 4th gen I purposely didn't backup all of my games purely so I'd have the opportunity to enjoy them all a second time.

  • HipHopTouch

    Looking forward to the Keynote as always, the one more thing should be interesting as well! I'll be watching from my new MacBook Pro that should arrive tomorrow!! 

  • SMP

    Hmm, this isnt an xbox site, but Microsofts Press Conf. at E3 will be well under way during this. Not that I care, its the internet, I can watch everything, but I wonder if microsoft will dedicate a section to windows phone 7. They'll at least have a games montage trailer..

  • ffzeus

    All the Cloud fanboi's need to wake up...

    In a major disaster, or when the provider decides they don't like their current contract and change it on you overnight to something even more ridiculously overpriced and less useful, where will all of your precious info be? In their posession. How will you get it back? You won't...of course that will be in the very, very, very fine print. Wake up. Cloud based is OK for some limited uses but it is not the answer for mainstream computing. You read it here first.

  • wohdin

    In before the cloud service costs 20 bucks a month and has less storage capacity than Gmail.

  • Jas

    iOS could do with some improvement, but iTunes can do with a complete rewrite.  It is the worst program I have to regularly use.....by a mile.

  • blitter

    Folders inside folders is a simple solution.

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