We are just a weekend away from the commencement of the World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco on June 2nd. With Eddie Cue, confirming at Code Conference recently that the product lineup Apple has this year is going to be most exciting in the past 25 years, the excitement around WWDC 2014 will be more than ever, especially to pick up clues on what might be coming later this year in terms of new hardware. While WWDC may come too soon for the likes of a new iPhone or even the iWatch, what else can we expect at the Developer’s Conference?
Here are some of the major announcements that we expect at the WWDC 2014:
Next generation of iOS
iOS 7 was the major talking point of WWDC last year. Expect the iOS 8 to be shown off this year though if we are to go by the leaked screenshots, the update would be more incremental than being groundbreaking. iOS 8 is expected to bring a few new features such a health tracking application called Healthbook that will probably sync with the new wearable devices that Apple would bring later in the year. What would be interesting is stripping iOS 8 to its bare bones once the Beta versions are made available to developers and finding out if there is a support for a larger display somewhere in there giving us a clue about the major iPhone update that may be on the horizon.
An All new Mac OSX 10.10
Apple also showed off the Mavericks Update that took the Mac OSX to version 10.9 last year. It brought with it a few new features such as a redesigned Calendar app, Maps as well as massive performance enhancements. However, as we move towards the time when iOS and OSX would feed off the same design language, the OSX 10.10 could be the first major step towards that synergy. OSX 10.10 is expected to be a major update and will bring flat UI and condensed fonts with bright colors a bit like iOS 7. According to a report in 9to5mac:
The new look will have similar toggle designs to iOS 7, sharper window corners, more defined icons across the system, and more white space than the current version. However, OS X characteristics like the Finder, multi-window multitasking, and Mission Control will not disappear in favor of a more iOS-like experience. Apple is keeping iOS as iOS and OS X as OS X. The convergence will solely surround feature parity that makes sense and aesthetics.
Apple Smart Homes
There was a report recently that Apple is strongly considering integrating the capability of automating your home with the help of iOS 8 which is expected at WWDC too. Google has done something similar with Android in the past, and it would not be beyond Apple to enter into the space, especially doing simpler things like maybe controlling the door locks, light intensity or even controlling the smoke alarms of your house with some sort of partnership. Apple had launched Apple Car Play for in car experience, so there is no secret that Apple is looking at newer avenues and Automation at home could be one such move.
Newer Mac Minis or iMacs
The last update to the Mac Mini was back in 2012 and recently the shipping dates of the iMacs has been pushed back to three to five business days in the US from the usual two day period fueling that maybe Apple is planning to bring in newer Minis and/or iMacs. There have been enough rumors in the past to suggest a budget iMac sometime later this year, but Apple did show us the Mac Pro at WWDC last year, who could rule out a ‘Touch Me Not’ like appearance from the new computers.
More on Beats- Apple Deal
Apple announced its intentions of buying Beats Electronics on Wednesday and while the deal is not expected to go through until the last quarter of the year, we just might hear Tim talk a bit about what Beats will bring to the large and expensive table at Apple. WWDC 2014 may have come too early, but maybe Apple will give us insight into how it plans to integrate iTunes Radio, iTunes and Beats Music Subscription and perhaps offer a juicy deal. If something like that does happen, we expect it to be the highlight of the event because music streaming is a big industry currently and Apple just by giving us a peek could gather a lot of attention.
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