It’s that time of the year again for Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). This year’s annual conference will be held during 08-12 June in San Francisco, US.
During the conference, developers come together to learn more about updates and upgrades to iOS and OS X and what the future holds for Apple software and products. This year’s WWDC will feature more than 100 tech sessions, 1 000 Apple engineers, labs where you can go hands on with new products or software and the Apple Design Awards. The WWDC also offers scholarships to students.
Previously we would expect to hear about the iPhone, iPad and MacBooks, but this year the Apple Watch has joined the Apple family and we are sure to hear some details about OS or maybe even hardware updates. We are expecting to hear more about the Apple Watch and third-party apps, with Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Jeff Williams, stating that:
Third-party apps will get much better [on the Apple Watch].
The announcement everyone is expecting to hear about is Apple’s own streaming-music service to compete with the likes of Spotify and Jay-Z’s Tidal. Apparently the streaming-music service will be called Apple Music and will be powered by Beats Music, which was acquired by Apple. Also, there will reportedly be an Android version of Apple Music, which will be a first for the company.
As always we can expect an iOS update, which is most likely to be called iOS 9 if the company’s previous trends apply. The previous update, iOS 8 brought a whole new look and feel to the operating systems for iPhone and iPad, with the new iOS update reportedly focusing on stabilising the operating system and ensures it resolves certain performance issues.
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Rumour has it that Siri is getting a bit of a make-over too, by apparently being adapted to reflect the Siri version on the Apple Watch. With the new update the iPad will apparently be able to support split-screen interface to improve multitasking and productivity. This means that you will be able to run more than one app simultaneously on a split-screen on your iPad.
OS X 10.11
We are sure to get a look at the newest OS X update for Macs. The new updated will be 10.11 and it will probably focus on improving the system and there have been rumours that you will be able to swipe left on your Track Pad to have quick access to your settings. Other rumours include security updates and stability updates, but we will have to wait and see.
No major news is expected from Apple TV because of certain licensing issues Apple has been experiencing.