AT A GLANCE
WWDC 2014 will kick off on June 2 with a keynote
address from Apple CEO Tim Cook at San Francisco.
OS X 10.10 & iOS 8 is the most likely focus of the
event, but there are a number of other possible topics,
including some hardware.
Although a revamped Apple TV and the iWatch are
reportedly not yet ready for unveiling.
100+ technical sessions from Apple engineers on a wide range of topics
related to the latest iOS and OS X technologies
1,000+ Apple engineers supporting 100+ hands-on labs/events to provide
code-level assistance to developers and providing guidance to make most
of Apple technologies
The latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how
to enhance an app's functionality, performance, quality and design
The opportunity to connect with thousands of iOS and OS X developers
from all around the world (last year 60+ countries were represented)
A new series of get together for attendees focused on particular topics
with special guest speakers and activities
Inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from
the world of technology
Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone, iPad and Mac apps that
demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design
iOS8Don’t expect to see another set of sweeping changes to iOS this
year. Instead, iOS 8 should begin to polish up some of iOS 7’s
rough edges while introducing a number of key new features.
Smart HomesWhat if your iPhone could unlock your front door, turn your lights on, and
welcome you home with just the right song playing through your living
room speakers? That might just be possible with iOS 8.
A pair of OS X's built-in apps could be headed to the iPhone. The
image-viewer Preview and the basic writing tool TextEdit may be included
in iOS 8, bringing further parity between the two platforms’ basic apps.
iTunes Radio could get its own app too.
SiriNot sure what song you're hearing on the radio? Looking it up may be
easier with iOS 8. Siri will be able to listen to songs and automatically
identify them when asked.
Apple's Map app could see its biggest update ever sometime soon. It
could be delayed until after the operating system’s initial debut —
Apple certainly doesn’t want to release an imperfect app once again.
Apple is said to be developing the ability to run two apps at once
while holding the iPad in landscape. The apps will reportedly
appear side by side, but the feature may be limited to the larger
iPad Air for now.
iPhone 6Two bigger iPhones are said to be on the way this year, for late
summer or early fall. Apple is working on iPhone models with around
a 4.7-inch display and around a 5.5-inch display — both far bigger
than the 4-inch iPhone 5S.
Apple brings one of its high-resolution Retina displays to the
MacBook Air. Apple is working on a slimmer MacBook Air with a
12-inch Retina display, potentially for later this year.
iPadAfter last year's big updates, no one's expecting any huge changes
to Apple's iPads this year, but they could gain one notable
addition: a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
iWatchWith all of the health experts it’s been hiring, Apple appears to
have some big plans in store. The latest reports peg the iWatch's
launch as being targeted later this year.
Apple will come to even the familiar Apple TV software soon,
including support for Siri and third-party apps, giving the tiny box a
whole lot more potential. Apple remains very interested in television
— and the rest is still to come.
Tim Cook will be taking the stage at WWDC just days after
Apple’s biggest acquisition ever.