*Get excited?: I’m excited to tally up the numer of things Apple doesn’t debut at WWDC. But if you have the latest iPad, sure, why not welcome a new way to ask about the weather?
Facebook integrated into iOS 6
Source: TechCrunch, announcing it as something “we’ve learned” and later citing “our sources.”
Details: Just as Twitter was baked deep into iOS 5, so that tweets and Twitter authorizations and photos could be sent out to Twitter from inside other apps, Facebook accounts will be embeded deep into the iPhone and iPad.
Likelihood: Somewhere around 80 percent. The vast majority of iPhone owners have Facebook accounts, and there’s no reason Apple can’t make them easier to access, as with Twitter. But last-minute disagreements about customer privacy and protection could scuttle the deal, as with Apple’s Ping music/social network.
*Get excited?: If you think it’s clunky how you send photos and sign up for apps with Facebook now, then get ready to regain those 5-10 seconds of your life. (Okay, seriously, it’s a nice upgrade, reflexive Facebook snark aside.)
Virgin Mobile to offer no-contract, pay-as-you-go iPhone
Source: MarketWatch, according to “people familiar with (Virigin Mobile’s) plans.”
Details: Virgin Mobile, a pre-paid brand of Sprint Nextel Corp., will be the second, but definitely far larger, carrier to offer the iPhone with a no-contract data plan. Leap Wireless was the first, but Virgin has significantly larger markets and presence.
Likelihood: Very high, maybe 90 percent, given MarketWatch’s Wall Street Journal imprimatur, and the understated nature of the report.
*Get excited?: If you have good Sprint coverage in your area, a pre-paid iPhone, paired with smart data usage habits, could be a pretty smart way to keep costs down.