Every year, Apple brings together app developers into a developer conference so large that in 2013, tickets (each costing $1600) sold out in 2 minutes flat. Since then, Apple had to redesign the ticketing system to a lottery system so that every developer got an equal chance. Apple hosts the WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco with almost all Apple employees and over 5000 developers participating. It is indeed a huge event, and it has always shown the roadmap to Apple’s future.
And WWDC 2015 is coming.
The conference - more a technology fair - will take place from June 8th to 12th. The tickets have already been booked (lottery system) and the sessions already planned. The Keynote will take place on 8th June.
So why is WWDC a big deal this time?
First up, the Apple Watch. The Watch is Apple’s first new device after Jobs’ death, it has a lot to prove. Without developers support, the smartwatch platform is pretty empty. Apple will surely use WWDC as a platform to promote Watch development using the all new WatchKit SDK. It will also help developers build practical, beautiful interfaces to the tiny display.
But what everyone is talking about - and the logo is talking about - is the Apple TV. The WWDC15 artwork points towards the classic Apple TV box design and many are pretty sure there will be a huge TV overhaul. It’ll still remain a box (not a 60” TV) but would support 4K content and hopefully have an App Store. Now where else does it seem more practical for Apple to put in an App Store than on the good old Apple TV box?
Adding developer support means the Apple TV will be the hub for all your iTunes content as well as be the streaming box, the gaming console and the “Smart” of your TV. Plus, Apple has such a strong ecosystem that it makes it irresistible to buy the latest and the best.
Hopefully, the TV would be the WWDC 'featured' product. As more information rolls out, I’ll keep you updated.
Quick note - If you haven’t already, do update to the latest iOS, iOS 8.3 on your iDevices and OS X 10.10.3 on your Mac’s for the super cool ethnic emoji keyboard, bug fixes and full support for the Apple Watch. The Mac Photo app comes along too, along with iCloud Photo Storage.
Lots more on Apple coming soon - rumours and updates. I’ll also be writing on the LG G4, LG’s yet-to-be-unveiled flagship.
Here are a few articles that might interest you...
The Apple Watch: http://www.technonerdsblog.com/blog/the-apple-watch
The new MacBook: http://www.technonerdsblog.com/blog/macbook-the-future