WWDC 4 billion apps downloaded - photo by Adam Jackson

I'm sitting here at the airport waiting for my flight (or the first leg of my flight rather, grrrr!) to San Francisco for WWDC 2010 and catching up on the latest, greatest, coolest, and craziest rumors to hit the web -- namely Safari 5, a new version of Xcode, and more.

Safari on the iPhone and iPad is typically ahead of the curve when it comes to supporting Apple's version of (still emerging) HTML5 and CSS3 standards, and their Nitro Javascript engine, but desktop Safari typically leads the way in terms of cool features like local RSS, Top Sites, etc. According to Macgenerations Safari 5 looks to increase that lead:

  • Safari Reader (does that remove Google ads for that "calmer experience", I wonder?)
  • 25% faster Javascript rendering
  • Bing as a search option. (Enemy's enemy, indeed!)
  • Dozens of new HTML5 features including Geo Location, full screen video, captioned video, section elements, AJAX history, EventSource, WebSocket, draggable elements, and more. (Begun these Flash wars have).
  • Improved developer tools.
  • Smarter address field
  • Improved tabs settings
  • Hardware acceleration for Windows
  • Easier Top Sites/Full history switching,
  • Private browsing (aka porn mode) icon for easier on/off
  • DNS pre-fetching and improved page caching
  • XXS auditor
  • Faster running JSON (for better web apps).

MacRumors meanwhile hears Xcode 4 might get shown off as a "major update".

Less rumor and more wishful, if awesome, thinking, Lonely Sandwich wonders if the "lame" Video app on the iPad is a precursor to it getting an Apple TV app as part of Apple's next gen Apple TV, iTunes.com rollout. Now that would spectacular.

[Macgeneration via 9to5Mac, Macrumors, Lonely Sandwich, photo credit: Flickr/Adam Jackson]