On the heels of Apple’s Earth Day campaign, we’re counting down the last few weeks until June’s World Wide Developer’s Conference 2014 (WWDC 2014). The event will take place at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco June 2nd-6th and we’re left to speculate on what the main focus of the event will be and what possible announcements Apple will publicize.
As with past events, WWDC 2014 will begin with a keynote address from CEO Tom Cook. After that, however, there are a number of possible products and operating system upgrades that they may debut.
Here’s what we’re hoping to see:
iOS 8 with Healthbook – although there is little information currently offered on iOS 8 right now, many are speculating that it will focus on refining visual updates introduced in iOS 7 and adding new functionality to the system. There is also the rumored “Healthbook” app that we’ve talked about previously: here and a rumored third-party app integration for Siri.
iPhone 6 – it would be great to see a new iPhone to showcase the final edition of the OS. According to rumors, it will have a larger screen of 4.7 and 5.5″, a sapphire crystal screen, and a faster/more efficient A8 chip.
OS X 10.10 – many are buzzing about the possible unveiling of this operating system. We’re not sure what Apple’s plans are for it, but we’re excited to find out.
Apple TV – originally, talk was that we would see an April release date for this product. Now that it’s been delayed, the rumors are swirling that it will make its appearance at WWDC. It is speculated to have a redesigned set-top box, support for iOS games and iOS 7 controllers, and a full App Store.
12-in MacBook Air with Retina Display – now that the MacBook Air is about a year old, it’s safe to say that we will probably start seeing updated versions. This new version is said to be even slimmer than existing MacBook Airs.
iWatch – now this is the one we’re most excited to see. Like we talked about with our previous Healthbook article, we think the focus here will be on health and fitness.
According to MacRumors:
“The iWatch is expected to include several health-related sensors and capabilities, based on Apple’s multiple hires in the health and fitness fields. Along with tracking steps taken, sleep quality, and calories burned like many standard fitness devices on the market, Apple’s device may also incorporate advanced features like heart rate measurements and hydration monitoring.
Along with its health and fitness tracking functionality, the iWatch will likely integrate with the iPhone and iOS devices, allowing users to receive notifications and messages, possibly accessing various features through Siri integration.”
As with every WWDC event, we don’t know exactly what we’ll be seeing. These six operating systems and new products would top our list for what we’d like to see. Apple manages to surprise every year, so I’m sure there will be more that we haven’t even mentioned. The rumors will keep swirling the last few weeks before the conference -what are you expecting to see? What kind of functionality do you think these products and systems will have? Leave us a comment below!