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All the Latest Apple iPhone and iCloud News and Rumours

It has been a busy few days for Apple and its millions of fans and things are only going to get more exciting next week.

On Monday, Apple boss Steve Jobs will deliver his keynote speech at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The fun kicks off at 10am US
time, which is 6pm in Britain.

We already know Mr Jobs will unveil the next-generation Mac operating system, known as Lion, and he’s also going to reveal iOS 5. This is the latest version of the software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

iCloud is Taking Apple into the Sky

But there’s been a lot of talk about the third area he’ll be taking the wraps off – and that’s iCloud. Apple’s own cloud service is set to rival the likes of Google and Spotify and will be an internet-connected world where users can store files, use software without storing it on their computer and also stream content from, such as movies and music.

WWDC has certainly set the technology rumour mill going. At the end of this article, we’ve posted a series of links to some of the UK’s biggest and best tech
websites and blogs, each giving their take on what Apple is planning.

Will iCloud be free? Will iOS5 integrate with Twitter? Which movie studios and record labels will be involved? You’ll find some of the answers and plenty of questions raised in our link list.

iWork Comes to the iPhone

Another major Apple announcement already known this week is that iWork apps have been made available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Mobile versions of Keynote, Pages and Numbers – previously only on the iPad – can now be downloaded to the smaller handheld touchscreen devices.

The iPad versions are excellent and allow you to create presentations, documents and spreadsheets on the go and opening that up to even more Apple device owners means there will be plenty of work done on the move and a huge productivity increase for many – in between Angry Birds – and you can even print wirelessly using AirPrint.

Out now, they cost £5.99 each to new users but if you’ve already paid for them on your iPad, you get them as a free update for your iPhone or iPod touch.

Philip Schiller, of Apple, said: “Now you can use Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand. The incredible Retina display, revolutionary Multi-Touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organise and share all of your documents from iPhone 4 or iPod touch.”

MacBook Owners Get Protection

In other Apple news, there’s also been some postives for any MacBook owner with a faulty bottom. That’s the bottom of the MacBook, not their own bottom.

If there’s an issue with the rubber, Apple will replace the affected area for free or send out a kit for owners to do it themselves.

Apple has also just released an updated version of the Mac 10.6 operating software to guard against the recent Mac Defender virus scare. You can download it by selecting Apple updates on your computer.

Will there Be An iPhone 5 Next Week?

And finally, we’ve not even touched upon the iPhone 5. Will this be Steve Jobs’ “One more thing” at the end of his WWDC speech. You certainly wouldn’t want to bet against it, especially when there’s a heavy clue in the fact iOS 5 will be shown off.

We’ll have all the news from Monday’s announcement here at Plugged In as soon as it happens so check back here then for more details.

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