Alongside the announcement of iWork for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple publicly announced more details for its annual WWDC including the existence of iCloud and that Steve Jobs would host the event.
iCloud Is Real
Before today, iCloud was the product of rumors and much speculation about Apple’s purchase of LaLa and the Billion Dollar data center it has been constructing in North Carolina.
In a press release from Apple, iCloud’s existence was not only publicly confirmed, but given a public debut date of June 6th – the first day of Apple’s WWDC:
CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.
The news is a first for Apple as the company doesn’t publicly confirm new products before such a high profile event.
Steve Jobs Will Host
Aside from the surprising news of iCloud’s confirmed existence was Steve Jobs hosting WWDC.
Since early January, Jobs took his third medical leave of absence to recover from a liver transplant to combat a near fatal cancer in June 2004. Jobs will give the public Keynote during WWDC’s opening day which will include OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud.