San Francisco is extraordinary. Where else will you find half the worlds’ technology being invented?
Guess what, I/O is just over, and WWDC is rumbling. The hype is turned up yet again, and Moscorn Centre is getting refreshed one more time for another big event in a span of just two weeks. (Moscorn Centre is where we see almost all major tech presentations and dev conferences. I/O and WWDC both happen here, on the same stage).
We have a lot to expect, especially after Google put up some cool upgrades to Android. I have compiled below my expectations, with regard to rumours and hype. All this is just a guess, so we will have to wait and watch for the real thing!
1. Proactive: If you liked Now on Tap, then you shouldn’t be surprised looking at Proactive. 9to5mac says Proactive will be Siri’s add on for smart suggestions and context based answering. We cannot say much yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it this WWDC. (By the way, “Proactive” is just a guess name.)
2. Apple Music: A hybrid of iTunes and Beats Music! Beats Music hasn’t been able to catch up with alternatives like Spotify, so Apple might be planning a Spotify rival by using the huge iTunes music library. According to rumours, Apple is said to bring this music streaming service at the same cost as Spotify, so expect it to be $10 a month.
3. iOS 9 and OS X 10.11: Neither iOS nor OS X is going to be the prime focus of this WWDC. All I expect is a few quirky features and more bug fixes for the most stable experience. We might see an a refreshed music app, more Apple Pay upgrades and hopefully, according to 9to5mac, split screen multitasking on the iPad! Also, there could be a font upgrade: from Helvetica Neue to “San Francisco”, the new font Apple specially designed for the Watch.
4. Apple Watch OS: The lack of iOS and OS X will probably be compensated by Watch OS. The Watch OS not only needs to get better, but also needs to bring in new apps by a larger variety of developers. Also, we can expect Apple to announce native Apple Watch apps so that apps load faster and are independent of the phone.
5. HomeKit: The first wave of HomeKit enabled tech debuted just last week. We can expect to see more HomeKit: integration with iOS, OS X and Watch OS, a new "Home" app, and maybe some upgrades for developers.
6. Apple TV: Now this one is controversial. All rumours pointed towards a WWDC with its prime focus at Apple TV until a New York Times report stated that the new Apple TV is just not yet ready to be shown off. The new Apple TV will be a huge upgrade from the previous one; it’ll probably run an all new TV OS, have an AppStore, be the central control centre for HomeKit and have a touchscreen remote. In fact, there are also rumours about Apple’s own cable service for the TV. For now, all these rumours have been discarded and we can only hope that Apple takes forward the TV sooner than later.
That is pretty much it! You really can’t say what Apple is up to, so we will have to wait and watch the WWDC Keynote on this Monday, 10 AM PDT or 10:30 PM IST. I can’t wait, can you?
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