Apple this morning posted the splash page promoting its WorldWide Developer Conference, promising a “preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X” at the June event — and prompting the usual flurry of speculation about what the company might have up its sleeve.

This may be reading too much into the language, but what stands out to me is the and in “the future of iOS and Mac OS X.”

Here’s why: The two platforms have already been taking on similar characteristics. The Mac App Store has been the most high-profile example, following the trial blazed by the iOS App Store. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the line between iOS and Mac OS X blur even more, to the extent that they increasingly share a common future.

One obvious focus will be the next version of Mac OS X, dubbed Lion, slated to be finished this summer.

But don’t expect a new Mac, iPad or iPhone at the event. Jim Dalrymple, a veteran reporter on the Apple beat, says the focus on software confirms what his sources are saying — that the company isn’t planning to introduce new hardware at the conference. (Via John Gruber).

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  • Anonymous

    I believe when Apple says “the future of iOS and Mac OS X” or anything similar, they mean it in its most simple way. I wasn’t so completely Borged by tech in ’07 when the iPhone was introduced so I don’t know about that. I only remember how cool it was. But now I think what they will introduce will be the whole I gotta better cloud they you’ve got scenario. We all know they have this mega data center that apparently isn’t being used. So it would make perfect since to introduce an operating system that not only works on a Mac, but also works on any i device with the main connection being that data center as the basis for the cloud storage.
    We already know Steve Jobs wants unlimited downloads for music and other media. The only reason that a studios/content owners would go along with that is if it (being their content) is housed in one place and is available on different devises authorized by the person who bought it.
    The details the the arrangement and how it would be rolled out would be a groundbreaking reworking (again) of how we digest media of all kinds.
    So get ready this summer could be one helluva start to a new or newer tech world.
    I hope I’m right I hate eating crow.

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