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Phones, Macs, and Watches - oh my
I’m a procrastinator. I have a tendency to wait until the very last minute to do anything, including publish these sort of What to Realistically Expect stories. Finally, my infliction has paid off – if I had written this even just last week, I would have jotted down new Apple TV hardware and software as a stone cold sure thing. Yet according to the ever reliable Brian X. Chen, Apple threw away plans to announce new Apple TV hardware and a cohesive developer ecosystem at WWDC at the very last minute because “the product was not ready for prime time”.
Given that I’m an avid user of the current iteration of Apple TV (I stream all my nightly television from there), I’m bummed to see this cut. I was hoping this would be when the Apple TV truly grew up and became a major player in the Apple line-up. Alas.
Time is short and things run behind schedule, and so it goes. There’s always September.
And in the spirit of that, we’re still on the verge of an entire week’s worth of new Apple products, platforms, and goodies. The Apple TV may not be there, but there’s still plenty left to cover. Here’s what you can realistically expect at WWDC 2015, starting tomorrow, June 8th.
New software, new hardware, new SDKs
While Apple famously remains mum on the future of most of their products, popular Apple rumor site 9to5Mac has today apparently spilled the beans on the near future of two of Apple’s most exciting products – the Apple Watch and the Apple TV. According to the new report, which cites a “proven source”, Apple is hard at work on both new software and hardware for the two product lines as well as at least one new service which will tie into both.
On the Apple Watch side, Apple is said to be busy adding in some low hanging fruit on the software side. Apple’s incredibly useful “Find My…” suite of services will expand to a new “Find My Apple Watch” function, which will allow you to locate the Watch’s general location and allow you to lock it or wipe it if lost. Given the Apple Watch features very few connectivity functionality of its own, Apple will apparently be basing this on a new service called “Smart Leashing”, which will allow the Watch to more accurately determine how far away the Watch is from your phone using services such as wi-fi and Bluetooth. This will supposedly also allow the Watch to warn a wearer with a few taps if it’s getting too far away from its connected iPhone.
Apple is also said to be working on the third party app ecosystem for the Apple Watch. First, the Apple may be working on improving the functionality of the current WatchKit SDK, the platform that Apple currently uses to wirelessly transmit app projects from iPhone apps to the Apple Watch display. Apple is said to be expanding this to allow developers to create their own Complications, widgets that live on the Watch’s watch face to provide nuggets of information. Complications are currently limited to Apple’s built in applications, such as showing the current weather information from the built in Weather app. 3rd party Complications would open up a new world of possibilities – for example, replacing Apple’s built in Weather complication with a preferred third party alternative. On top of the improvements to the current WatchKit, Apple is supposedly also hard at work at the successor to WatchKit – native Apple Watch applications that natively live on the Apple Watch hardware that don’t directly rely on the user’s iPhone. This next-generation Apple Watch SDK will enable much more powerful, functional, and sophisticated applications and will remove a majority of limitations that have frustrated many day one Apple Watch developers.
On the Apple TV side, 9to5Mac seemingly confirms that Apple is on the verge of releasing a next-generation Apple TV box alongside its first major software update in years. The new Apple TV is said to be much more powerful than the previous generation while also managing to become much slimmer than the current device. Apple will also introduce a third party application ecosystem for the new Apple TV OS, allowing developers to create their own apps – such as games, video streaming, music streaming, news, and more – for the Apple TV for the first time. Apple is said to be bundling in a more advanced remote control for the Apple TV, which may or may not include a Force Touch trackpad. Apple will also supposedly promote the Apple Watch’s Remote app to the primary remote for the Apple TV for Apple Watch owners. Apple is also apparently busy readying their new Live TV replacement service for the Apple TV, which will allow you – get ready for this – to watch live content a la cable, streaming directly to your Apple TV. This service is said to be slightly behind the new hardware and software initiatives.
What is left more ambiguous in 9to5Mac’s report is the timing of all the above. It would stand to reason that Apple is incredibly interested in pushing as much of this as possible at the company’s upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference, which is slated for June 8th – particularly the developer initiatives. Apple may also reveal their new version of their smartphone and Mac operating systems, iOS 9 and OS 10.11, alongside the new Apple Watch OS and Apple TV.
It's early, but it works
A couple of days ago we reported that popular iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith had uncovered evidence that iOS 8 beta build released at WWDC last week does indeed include the ability to split-screen multitask applications on compatible devices (note: iPads), despite a lack of confirmation from Apple itself nor any obvious way to enable the functionality. But today we’re getting our first look at the functionality as Mr. Troughton-Smith has managed to unlock the hidden capability, posting a video of what it looks like on YouTube.
The video, seen above, was captured from Mr. Troughton-Smith’s Macintosh Mac and enabled on iOS 8 beta 1 running on the iOS Simulator – that means to say, not honest to goodness iPad hardware just yet. What we’re looking at here is an incredibly early look at a clearly unfinished feature.
Apple likely never intended for us to know this was in the works just yet, as it appears that the feature is still fairly early in development. In the video, we see Safari running on a simulated version of the iPad hardware being dynamically resized via a two-finger swipe gesture.
As for how he did it, Steven tweeted the following: “I had to byte-patch UIKit to turn that on. It checks for an Internal install and also the titular plist key in com.apple.UIKit.”
Source: Steven Troughton-Smith (YouTube)
The hype has begun
Don’t look now, but Apple has begun transforming the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco into the showcase for their latest and greatest products and developers alike. WWDC 2014, or WWDC14 as Apple has taken to calling it this year, doesn’t begin until this upcoming Monday, but let’s take a look at some of Apple’s decorations, some of which hint to some pretty big changes. Photos sourced from numerous sources.
First, MacStories editor Federico Viticci has grabbed some photos of the outside of the center, including work being done on the giant Apple logo that will cover glass panels on the outside of the building. The Metreon building across the street is also home to some WWDC14 branded promotional images, as you can after the beak below.
Here's what's (probably) coming, not what's not
Another day, another dollar. Another June, another WWDC conference. Last year Apple bestowed upon us the new, Jony Ive-ified iOS version, iOS 7 – with its colorful hues, stark white backgrounds, and gradients – oh, the gradients – and it was the talk of the metaphorical town. But iOS 7 is so last year – let’s fine out what Apple has in store for us this year. This is – once again – what to realistically expect at Apple’s WWDC 2014 event, taking place next Monday, June 2nd… and not what’s not.
What to realistically expect…” is a series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. We’ve got a pretty good track record here, with only one small miss with our iPhone 5s/5c event predictions.
Promises "exciting announcements"
While it’s fairly easy to predict when Apple will be giving certain keynotes and hosting special events, it’s harder to know how to or where to watch them. While the company doesn’t usually stream their special events, its making an exception next week as they’ve just announced that they’ll be live streaming their main keynote, hosted by Apple CEO Tim Cook, next Monday.
The special event starts at 10am PDT, 1pm EDT next Monday, and if you’re interested in seeing for yourself what Apple has in store you can bookmark this page to get you to the action when the event kicks off. We’re also planning on extensively covering the event, bringing to you a fresh take of whatever Apple introduces next week – so stay tuned for that.
Mash refresh now
Good news, Apple developers! Apple has just notified their WWDC 2014 lottery winners if they have been selected to have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to WWDC 2014, Apple’s upcoming developer conference which is to be held of June 4th. The bad news? It appears as though all of the tickets have been sent out, so if you haven’t already received your ticket, you might well be pretty, well, out of luck.
Apple decided to adopt a lottery system to give more developers a fairer chance to have the opportunity to attend WWDC – in previous years, Apple sold out of WWDC tickets ridiculously fast, with Apple selling out in just about 90 seconds last year. To compare, Microsoft sold out of tickets to their Build developer conference in the span of days, not seconds, last year.
Apple is widely expected to reveal their next generation mobile operating system, iOS 8, and their next generation desktop operating system, OS X 10.10, at WWDC this year. Apple may also be planning on updating their lineup of Retina MacBooks at the conference, however hardware is rarely the focus of WWDC.
Image Source: Andria Jensen (Twitter)
New lottery system put in place
Apple has today announced that their annual developers conference, WWDC, will this year take place between the days of June 2nd and June 6th. While the company has previously put tickets on sale immediately and let the chips fall where they may, with the event selling out of thousands of tickets within just minutes, Apple has this year decided to even the playing field. Instead of continuing the first come, first serve model of the past, the company has instead adopted a “lottery system” that gives every potential attendee an equal opportunity to purchase tickets. To become eligible, you must register your interest – Apple will let you know if you got lucky enough to buy a ticket by next Monday, April 7th.
Apple typically uses WWDC as a platform to make announcements regarding both new software and new hardware, with WWDC being home to the announcement of various models of Mac computers, the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4, numerous versions of Mac OS X, and more recent versions of iOS. This year Apple is expected to announce a new version of their Retina MacBook lineup, Mac OS X 10.10, and iOS 8.
Interested? Hit up the source link below to try your luck with the company’s new lotto system. Who knows – maybe the odds will be in your favor.
It's about time
The new Mac Pro has been vastly redesigned from the old Mac Pro – which has used the same styling since the G5 tower – in fact, it’s no longer a rectangle, but instead a cylinder. You read that right, the new Mac Pro is a cylinder. It’s a very unusual design however it does make for a much smaller form factor.
The new Mac Pro comes with a 12-core, 256-bit Intel Xeon processor and does away with mechanical hard drives altogether. The new Mac Pro will also ship with two AMD FirePro GPUs that can drive a 4k display. It also features four USB ports and six Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Pricing was not announced at this time.
Image credit: Patrick Monroe (patster21 on Twitter)
Get your Apple fix as it happens
In exactly one hour, Apple will begin their annual WWDC keynote event, which always brings a host of new goodies and toys for Apple faithful to ooh and aah over. This year, the stakes are higher than ever as Apple struggles to retain position as the dominant and most innovative force in the mobile industry. The company is expected to come out swinging today with the introduction of iOS 7, the long awaited redesign to Apple’s aging iOS operating system. And that’s not even mentioning Apple’s expected update to their desktop operating system, OS X 10.9, as well as an update to their Mac product line – and perhaps even more.
If all that sounds good to you, Apple’s inviting you to watch the event as it happens with an exclusive livestream. The event starts are 1PM EST / 10AM PST sharp, and is available here for Mac / iOS users, or on the dashboard of the Apple TV for those who prefer to watch it from the comfort of your home theater. (Sorry PC fans, Apple isn’t officially supporting Windows for this livestream.)
We’ll be covering the event live, so feel free to stick around for all the top stories in Apple as they develop!
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines
As per tradition, Apple has taken down the Apple Store prior to today’s WWDC keynote in anticipation for the launch of some brand new products that are expected to be announced today. Apple routinely takes down their online Apple Store prior to a major event in order to add the new products and make sure customers don’t purchase a product the company plans on replacing the day of an update – not to mention it’s a great way to build up hype for new products.
Apple is expected to be introducing a brand new version of both of its major operating systems, iOS and OS X, dubbed iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 respectively. iOS is said to be seeing a major redesign towards a new “flat” aesthetic as heralded by Jonathan Ive, while OS X is scheduled to see some updates for “power users” such as a new tabbed Finder, dual monitor improvements, and Mission Control enhancements. Apple is also expected to launch an update to their MacBook line.
You can check out a list of everything we realistically expect to see at WWDC today right here, so be sure to check that out!
Let's separate the haves from the have nots
WWDC 2013 is Apple’s first major opportunity to build up the real excitement and fervor in the Apple community that has been missing for months now, and as such, expectations are at an all time high. Will Apple release a new iPhone? (No, probably not.) Will we see a totally redesigned iOS 7? Is Apple finally ready to launch that long awaited Apple television set?
As today is our final day of posting prior to Monday’s event, we decided the time was right to bring back our “What to realistically expect…” series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. (We also currently hold a 100% accuracy rate, for people concerned about that sort of thing.)
Click after the break to get to the juicy stuff – our reasonable expectations.