We should be expecting some major updates and products to be removed from under the covers
Apple is hosting its annual conference which is exclusively designed for developers. The event is going to take place from June 2 to June 6 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, California. Though this is more like a developers’ workshop, the company also takes full advantage of the event to unveil any operating system upgrades and new products. A keynote from Apple will mark the beginning of the first day of the Worldwide Developers Conference and during the conference Apple is expected to preview both iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 ahead of their prospective fall releases. Let us see what things are going to uncover as the even unfolds.
There has been little information related to this till now but we have an idea that it might be focusing entirely on refining the major visual updates that were introduced with iOS 7. The key features of this update are going to be some major improvements to the Siri and Maps and we are also hearing some rumors about the "Healthbook" appthat aggregates various fitness and health related information.
OS X 10.10
We have close to nothing on this one up till now and there seems to be no idea about what Apple is planning to do with the OS. However, considering how the OS X Mavericks brought changes to the UI, we are expecting some major visual improvements from this one.
The deal between Beats and Apple has been making the headlines this week and at $3.2 billion, this is the biggest and most expensive deal Apple has ever been into. The deal is going to include the thriving headphone business, the Beats Music service, and an acquihire of both of the company's co-founders, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young. They are both going to be part of Apple as executives and we are even hearing that Iovine may step into the role of Apple's music chief who will ultimately be responsible for handling relationships and negotiations with music labels.
It has been a while since Apple's Mac Mini received an update and its last refresh was back in October 2012. Though we don’t know what Apple has in store for its computer but we sure are suspecting a refresh at this WWDC which is most likely going to bring bring Haswell processors with Iris integrated graphics and 802.11ac WiFi support.
12-inch retina macbook air
We have recently been hearing that Apple is working on a 12-inch MacBook which will feature a Retina display. From what we have heard so far, this one is going to be slimmer as compared to the existing MacBook Airs but there is a slight confusion as to whether this one is going to form a catergory of its own or will be part of Apple's MacBook Airs lineup. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo has said that this new 12-inch MacBook is going to come with more portability such as the one of the 11-inch MacBook Air but it will offer productivity of the 13-inch MacBook Air.
We have heard from rumorland that Apple is working on the redesigned set-top box which is going to provide support for iOS games and possibly a full App Store. we had hearing about the release in April but now it has been delayed even beyond the WWDC. The Apple TV is not only going to support games and iOS 7 controllers but it will also feature an improved processor, possibly the same A7 chip used in the iPhone 5s and the current iPads.