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With Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5 expected to be the main attractions at Apple's upcoming WWDC in San Francisco, expectations by some that the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 will also appear are being doused by another cruncher from a different bunch.

TechCrunch has poured cold water over expectations that Apple would be launching an iPhone 4S after at all at WWDC.

The expectations grew because Apple started inviting journalists from across the globe to attend WWDC - something it only bothers doing if it has a truly major announcement to make.

The thing is, a major announcement from Apple does not have to include hardware. Apple is a major maker of software, including operating systems, and hardware, and there's no question that Apple needs updates for the lot.

Given the importance of Apple's software to its entire operations, major software updates are major news, and worthy of inviting journalists the world over for, and hey, if there's a new iPhone launch too - it's an obvious bonus that makes the invitations even more worthwhile.

OS X 10.7 Lion has already been previewed in a limited form, with WWDC expected to open the floodgates on how the new OS X will blend in features that iOS has made common, as well as improving security and a whole lot more.

iOS 5.0 is expected to be unveiled too, with the iOS users of the world hopin' and a prayin' that Apple finally gets its 'notifications' system right, something that the Android OS does super-well in comparison to the current iOS system of annoying SMS-like pop-ups, interrupting whatever it is you are doing until you click that notification away.

Of course, an update to the notifications system is not all that is expected. iOS could do with a graphical spruce-up - it has been nearly 5 years with the same interface, after all.

There's also a clamour, from some at least, for iOS 5 to get the same kinds of widgets we see on the Android OS, and there will be disappointment from some if iOS widgets don't wriggle their way into the world.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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