Apple is preparing themselves for the WWDC 2015 Keynote – that’s the WorldWide Developer Conference, and it’s set to kick off next Monday, on the 8th of June.
We’re expecting Apple to announce a variety of new products and services including next gen iOS and OS X platforms, and, of course, their Apple TV.
WWDC 2015 – Apple TV
Although The New York Times is claiming that Apple is in no shape to announce, and detail, their Apple TV product, we are still hoping to see it at the WWDC 2015 conference.
History tells us that Apple announcements at keynotes are well known ahead of the conference’s start – take Apple Watch for example. Everybody knew of it, and everybody knew that it was going to be detailed at the dev conference. It was widely anticipated, and made it the most popular official tech announcement of last Autumn – some may say of the year.
We’re hoping to see a major hardware upgrade to an A8 processor, a dedicated App store, and Siri voice controls – actually, I can take it or leave it, regarding Siri voice controls. Not a big fan of Siri, Cortana, or Google Now – never been, and I’m not planning on starting now.
The Apple TV remote is rumoured to make a shocking appearance at the WWDC 2015. Reports have said that we’ll see a new upgraded touch pad for input.
What’s a complete mystery to all of us is how the Apple TV will look. I can bet my life on it that if Apple announces a new Apple TV product at their dev conference, it will feature a new design. It won’t sport the same old design, because it’s not Apple’s style to keep the old – sure, the fundamentals will still be there, but finishings really do matter.
Siri support means that Apple TV will have an always on microphone. Now, if we take a look at devices that stated the same thing, we can witness consumer backlash in its full glory – I’m looking at you Xbox One.
New hardware? Check. New App Store? Check. New Interface? We hope so.
Apple is known for trying to make their interface as intuitive, and simple as possible without having to sacrifice anything. Most likely, WWDC 2015 will feature a new interface that will launch apps and games easier – also, fully integration with the new App Store.
WWDC 2015 – iOS 9, and OS X 10.11
Apple has already announced that this year’s WWDC will definitely showcase new iOS, and OS X upgrades. We presume that these will be iOS 9, and OS X 10.11, not minor upgrades to their current software.
Both of them, iOS 9, and OS X 10.11 are predicted to roll out this Fall.
Regarding their design, I don’t think we’ll see something different this year. Both iOS, and OS X, have seen major visual remodels over these past few years, and to be honest, there isn’t anywhere to go from here.
What we do expect to see is the continuation of the new redesigned Music App for iOS 8.4 – why fix something that ain’t broken, right? More so, Apple is cementing their position in the music streaming service battle.
Another announcement that we’ll most likely see at WWDC 2015 is advancements for Apple Watch integration with iOS, and OS X. It’s an on-going project as far as we know, and Apple wants to make their different operating systems work together as smooth as possible – this is also Google’s plan.
Apple Maps may be something that we will use without the fear of arriving at the bottom of The Grand Canyon. Since Apple announced their independence from Google Maps, they have had a pretty rough time. In the last couple of years, Apple has started buying GPS firms left and right. Their latest acquisition was Coherent Navigation – and you can read more about it in our very own article.
Also, Apple-owned vans have been spotted across the US. They are mapping the street for a better Flyover view.
Pair these two with Apple’s ingenuity and we’ll be able to navigate in buildings, and malls using Apple Maps.
WWDC 2015 – Wild Cards
Who knows? Maybe we’ll even see Apple announcing their move to the automobile industry. It’s a possibility, a slight possibility, but it exists.
Their MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMacs line-up can see some well deserved updates, but it is unlikely, due to the fact that they just received a couple major ones.
We would love more information about Apple’s partnership with IBM, but the big A has kept its mouth closed for now, and there are no rumours that state otherwise.
Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote will start this Monday, on the 8th of June at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. If you’re in San Francisco, take a trip down to Moscone West, and see if you can get in!