Apple is sent out “See you on the 7th” invitations to the press, which has been widely interpreted to mean that that this is the day new iPhones will be announced. I interpret “See you on the 7th” to be a reference to the additional camera that is rumored to be on the new iPhone.

The main thing people have been already been complaining about is that the new iPhone will likely not have a standard headphone jack. I can think of a couple of reasons that they would remove this. I’ll preface this by saying that they wouldn’t just randomly remove something like that unless they felt the benefits outweigh all that complaints they’ll likely have.

The headphone jack takes (relatively speaking) a lot of room in the phone. There are a number of things that they could do with this extra room. The first thing that comes to mind is extra battery space, which translates to more battery life.

Second, along with a second camera, it’s likely that the new iPhone will have a second microphone. This could be leveraged in a couple of different ways. Noise reduction is one. Another is greater fidelity for doing speech recognition. Apple has already said that additional microphones would be of benefit to Siri and this could be applied to speech recognition in general, especially for “simple” dictation of notes and reminders.

Well, the big announcement is tomorrow, and everyone expects it’ll be the the iPad 3. From the rumors, it might even be called the iPad HD.

So a couple of questions…

How are developers going to deal with the confusion of all the apps for the iPad that have the tag HD?

How are iPad graphics going to look on a much higher resolution screen?

How much memory is it going to have and how much more graphics processing power is it going to require?

Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6

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.

WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.

For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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I’ve been thinking about that Apple might be up to with the North Carolina data center they’ve been working on, and the announcement that Apple is making tomorrow. I think it’s pretty likely that they’re finally going to take the technology they bought from LaLa.com, and create a streaming music service.

What would this mean? No more having to download all your music to your devices. Have a huge iTunes library that won’t all fit on that nice iPod Touch, iPhone, or AppleTV? No problem. They know what music you bought, and can stream it to you. Want streaming only versions of those songs? Apple can use LaLa’s tech to do that too, for a price. It’d sure be something big enough to require a massive new data center.

If AT&T got wind of this early on, this might be the reason they decided to drop the “all you can eat” 3G plan earlier this year. That’s just speculation, of course…. as is the rest of this.

Update: Well, it wasn’t streaming. It was The Beatles… And Amazon is selling the The Beatles Stereo Box Set for $20 cheaper than iTunes, as of this writing.

Apple has gotten a patent on a technology where the device itself changes its physical interface, depending on the situation. Using it like an iPod? You get a wheel. Using it like a remote control, you get the buttons for that. Need a physical keyboard? It would be able to do that too.

This is extremely cool.

via Patently Apple