WWDC 2014 Preview: Expectations

In 2 days, Apple will kick off its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) where new hardware and software is expected be released and showcased to the watching world. Developers from around the globe lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket will have a front row seat at the opening Keynote on Monday when Apple reveals what’s next in iOS and OS X.

Apple has announced that the keynote presentation, which begins on June 2 at 10 AM PT, will be broadcast live on its website on an Apple TV channel.

About WWDC

“The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference gives developers an in-depth look at the latest in iOS and OS X. You can learn from and be inspired by more than 100 sessions led by Apple engineers, get help from Apple experts through an extensive set of hands-on labs, and connect with fellow developers from around the world, giving you the opportunity to create your best apps ever. WWDC 2014 takes place June 2 – 6, 2014 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California.”

Expectations

iOS 8

At last years developer conference, Apple revealed the first major overhaul to iOS in the operating system’s seven year life span. This year, it is expected for iOS 8 to build on the dramatic changes made in iOS 7, most likely by including visual improvements such as refined stock icons or an adjusted typeface. Additionally, it is rumored that a “Healthbook” app with be released that compiles various fitness and health related information about the user. With most of their focus on OS X 10.10, it looks like Apple will not put as much emphasis on their mobile operating system on Monday as they have in past years.

This iOS 8 banner was hung on Friday at the Moscone Center in preparation for Monday.

OS X 10.10

This year, Apple is said to be working on ‘flattening’ the interface of OS X, but making the changes not quite as drastic as last year’s iOS 7 overhaul. Banners put up at the Moscone Center indicate that the new version of OS X may be called “Yosemite” to continue the California places name series. In addition to the UI improvements 10.10 is expected to include Siri support, AirDrop compatibility, a more feature-filled iBooks app, and possible a future-thinking file system.

The OS X banner displayed at the Moscone Center features a background of the El Capitan rock found in Yosemite National Park, California.

Hardware

Apple is long overdue for an update on their Mac Mini series that has not seen a model refresher since fall of 2012. Expected features and specifications are unknown but it is safe to assume that the new Mac will come equipped with the new Intel Haswell processors.

After closing the $3 billion buyout of Beats Electronics, Apple may begin to rollout a more advanced line of headphones fully equipped with Beats technology, or they may plan to release a new and improved music subscription services similar to the Beats Music iOS app.

No Shows

While, it would be nice for Apple to come out and release all of the items on their agenda during this year’s WWDC, some projects will not be completed by the June 2 conference date. Below, is a list of the projects we think Apple will not be showcasing on Monday:

  • iWatch
  • Revamped Apple TV
  • New MacBook model
  • Spli-screen iOS 8 feature

 

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The WWDC 2014 app lets you browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events. Use it to mark your favorites, get notified of the latest news, give session feedback, and access maps to find your way around Moscone West. And if you can’t make it to a session or are a Registered Apple Developer who wants to follow along, you can watch session videos, available daily.

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