With only a few minutes to go before the WWDC keynote by Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, it's time to look at what we can expect from an event, which many expect will be Apple's most important developer gathering of the last few years (ed : ITProPortal.com will be covering and commenting on the event as and when it happens from 1800 GMT tonight, here).
We already know that Apple will be talking about Mac OSX 10.7 "Lion", the new iOS 5 and a new cloud service called iCloud. There have been rumours that MacOSX 10.7 would be the first x86 only OS since Apple switched to Intel's hardware five years ago.
iCloud could be a content streaming service, a formidable rival to Spotify, one which will allow users to stream their collections on any iTunes-enabled device with internet access.
iOS 5 is likely to be a key part of iCloud and may have a number of fundamental features that depend on iCloud including filebackup and syncing (à la Mobileme). We suspect that Apple will have significantly improved the way the OS works on Apple's dual core system on chip, the A5. Expect a variant of iOS 5 to power Apple TV as well.
Other rumours that have emerged include a new notification system that will replace the rather inelegant popup solution that's currently on iOS 4.x, deep iOS integration of Twitter (which may or may not include a tie-in with Apple's own social networking outfit, Ping) as well as Voice recognition, thanks to a rumoured Nuance Communications deal.
We still suspect (and want) Apple to launch a new version of Apple's iPhone handset even though this seems to be a distinctly remote possibility, based on the fact that the Japanese earthquake as well as significantly more aggressive competition, might have convinced Apple to alter its plans.