What could Apple have up its sleeve for WWDC?

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What could Apple have up its sleeve for WWDC?

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Apple will likely unveil a new lineup of Macs at its upcoming WWDC, but one analyst thinks the bigger news will be in the software arena.

The iPhone maker is expected to announce iOS 6 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off June 11, says Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu. Apple announced iOS 5 at last year’s WWDC, though the OS didn’t reach the market until October.

A new Maps app also has the analyst and other Apple watchers buzzing. Based on industry checks, Wu sees a new in-house Maps app replacing the current Google Maps on all iOS devices. The new app will tap into the power of 3D, offering users the ability to view 3D versions of various locales.

“From our understanding, it is internally developed and will be radically different and better than existing Maps from others,” Wu said. “We hear the key reason why [Apple ] decided to do this is that it believes it can deliver a much better user experience in Maps, not to mention provide further differentiation for its mobile devices business.”

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What could Apple have up its sleeve for WWDC?

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