WWDC 2011: Steve Jobs takes the stage, cranks up the reality-distortion field

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Our own Seth Weintraub is on hand at San Francisco’s Moscone West where Steve Jobs has taken the stage at 9am Pacific, ready to deliver a landmark presentation on the future of Apple’s operating system and cloud services. A press release issued last Tuesday has divided the agenda for the software-focused WWDC 2011 show between iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and iCloud segments.

The statement also said “a team of Apple executives” would help Jobs deliver the keynote. We’re guessing Timothy Cook will join Apple’s CEO shortly to provide an update on business metrics and are keeping our fingers crossed for Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller to demo the new stuff in iOS 5 and Lion, respectively, with Jobs jumping in and out between segments…
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WWDC 2011: Stop what you're doing, the keynote is about to start

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The conference room in San Francisco’s Moscone West is jam packed and there’s just a few minutes left before Steve Jobs takes the stage to kick off Apple’s annual developer conference. We will be providing remote live coverage so make sure to check the site often for your dose of Apple, iOS and cloud news. The complete list of WWDC 2011 related articles can be found here. You can also follow our Twitter account@9to5mac for big announcements. Another keynote photo below, this one from Engadget. Check out that crowd – the room is seriously packed to the gills. “People nearby are talking about Apple just turning off the WWDC WiFi”, writes MacRumors. We’ll see about that…

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WWDC 2011: iOS 5 to trump Android, webOS with better notifications, BlackBerry-like messaging?


Depicted above: Notifications via Cydia tweak MobileNotifier

This is my next’s Joshua Topolsky (a former Engadget editor-in-chief) has some late rumors from a source related to iOS 5. He says iOS 5 will introduce a new notifications bar at the top of the screen which may or may not look like an imaged leaked earlier today. “Messages will appear and then slide back up in a unobtrusive manner, similar to webOS”, the author writes.

Topolsky also describes a dedicated notifications window and – yes, widgets. The lock screen will also provide access to notifications “through a pulldown window which you reach by swiping at the top of the screen downward… just like Android”, Topolsky writes. The notifications screen will also provide access to web widgets such as weather and stocks. As for the BlackBerry-style messaging and widgets…

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WWDC 2011: iCrowd lines up for iCloud

A few hours ahead of Apple’s keynote, which will kick off WWDC 2011 at 10am Pacific in San Francisco’s Moscone West, the line is already stretching around two blocks. Seth took the above video at 6:30am Pacific time. Check out the green Apple guys working diligently to compress the line. “The line literally goes around the block”, he wrote in the YouTube description. Can you spot Cydia creator Jay Freeman “Saurik” breaking the bottle?

Seth also captured another line video a few hours earlier. Also have a look at a fan clip below, which was recorded at 4:15 am Pacific Time. The keynote is about to begin in less than four hours, when Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives are due to deliver the latest on iOS 5, Lion and iCloud. We will be covering the news as it happens right here at 9to5Mac and via our Twitter handle @9to5mac.

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Real or fake, cool photo depicts new iOS 5 notification system and Twitter integration

See that image? Tech Crunch published this supposed photo which allegedly depicts a rumored new iOS 5 notification system. Tech Crunch heard it’s the “right idea”. Even though it’s probably a fake, we nevertheless love it. Displaying notifications in a subtle transparent layer right below the top iOS status bar does make sense. That’s where, for example, you might be notified of your Twitter mentions. Tapping the notification would presumably either reveal the notification screen with more information or launch the corresponding app. Twitter, as you know, is said to be built right inside the bowels of iOS 5, possibly alongside Facebook and/or other popular social networks. Also cool: A new camera icon.

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