Inside Scoop: What to expect from WWDC

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-Hey, everyone. Welcome to the Inside Scoop. I'm CNET's Kara Tsuboi joined by senior writer Josh Lowensohn. We are on location outside of Moscone West and as you can see behind us they're putting up the Apple logo in preparation for next week's WWDC, Worldwide Developer Conference. Josh, a little preview of what's to come next week. -Yes. You know the big deal is iOS and Mac OS X. Apple said they're gonna introduce the new versions of it. Of course that's just for developers. We're probably gonna get our hands on it for a couple of more months. -Right. What are you expecting in this upgrade? -You know for iOS, there's been a lot of talk about re-design, maybe something that looks a little bit more flat. iOS basically have the same look since it came out in 2007-- -Okay. -With the iPhone. So it's kind of overdue especially in terms of what some competitors like Microsoft and Google are doing, so that's the big thing. And then on Mac side, there really hasn't been a lot known besides the fact that they put out a new version every year. Now we're overdue. -Okay. So what do we know though about a new Mac that could come out? I mean obviously thinner, lighter, cheaper, but what about-- -On the hardware side, a lot of it is gonna be about the pro notebooks, things like the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. In terms of the MacBook Air, it's been a year since a last update. Intel just put out new chips that actually came out this week. So we were gonna get better battery life, probably some thinner designs, a lot of things that typically come with chip upgrades, but for something like the MacBook Air, it could be a big change something like 9, 10-hour battery life which is just crazy. -Wow. Any other hardware update or hardware announcements we're expecting? -Absolutely. I think we're gonna see some stuff on the wireless sides, the routers, probably move to the speedier 802.11ac which is you know faster than n. A lot of other PC makers are moving to that. I think we can also maybe expect a new Mac Pro. This is Apple's desktop tower and a lot of the rumors have been pointing to something that looks a little bit more like a beefed up Mac mini. So that could be really cool. I mean it's hard because that's always been Apple's most expensive and expandable computer and it might just be something that you can actually change anything on it which is kind of crazy. -But historically WWDC is not the place for new iPhone, iPod updates. -That's not always the case but it's true. So like the iPhone 4 was introduced here and we've seen upgrades like the iPhone 3GS. Those kind of products are so big now that they do kind of warrant their own events a lot of times just to explain features. So I wouldn't expect to see either here but you never know. -And what about a watch? -I don't-- -We've talked about this for months. Are we gonna see it? -I don't think we're ever gonna see a watch at this thing. We're not gonna see a television. Things like that are again worthy of their own things. -Yes. -I don't know. You never know, but I don't think we're gonna see that or any sort of new TV stuff. -So this really is for developers. It's a 5-day long conference and what really is the point for them? -Right. So I mean the big thrust of course is this keynote on Monday which runs about an hour or two, and the rest of it is basically just sessions. So they're learning about new platform stuff, but there's probably gonna be in the iOS and Mac side. It's really time for them to ask questions, meet up. There's also a couple of events like a design award show and they usually drive people down at Cupertino to go see a concert. -Oh. -For them it's a lot of Facetime with the company that they don't normally get. -Great. The coverage begins Monday morning. -Yes. We'll be there live. Join us. -Awesome. Thank you so much, senior writer Josh Lowensohn. I'm Kara Tsuboi. Hope you tune in to WWDC coverage starting Monday, June 10th. Thank you so much. Thanks for watching the Inside Scoop.

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