Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off on Monday, and we can certainly expect numerous exciting announcements at the keynote speech. We’re all but guaranteed to see the next versions of iOS and OS X, but the rumour mill will have you believe we’re in for much more. Will a new iPad be announced? What about next-gen Thunderbolt, or Haswell-powered MacBooks? The answers to these questions are only two days away…
Apple-focused sites have been abuzz for weeks now with talk about Jony Ive’s supposed overhaul of the iOS user interface. While we still have no idea what iOS 7 will actually look like, enthusiastic designers have taken it upon themselves to create some impressive functional mock-ups of the proposed flat interface. Fundamentally, the look of iOS hasn’t changed drastically since it launched, so it’d be nice to see a ground-up reimagining for a post-Metro world. With any luck, it’ll be much more expansive than some redesigned icons.
AirDrop on iOS
Transferring files is a huge pain in the butt on iOS. It doesn’t really have a file manager, so we’re mostly left using MMS or third-party apps like Dropbox to transfer files from one device to another.
Rumour has it that Apple is planning to solve this problem by implementing the ad-hoc AirDrop file sharing system that OS X users have been enjoying for years.
Even without joining the same Wi-Fi network, two devices can directly connect to each other and seamlessly trade files. It’s not a panacea for all of iOS’ file management woes, but this improvement would be welcomed with open arms.
It’s been rumoured for years, but it looks like Apple’s streaming music service is actually becoming a reality. Supposedly, a deal with Universal Music Group has been ready for a while, and Warner Music Group signed on earlier this week. Now, AllThingsD is reporting that Sony Music Entertainment, the last puzzle piece, has signed on for “iRadio.” That said, it’s unclear if it’ll actually be announced at WWDC, or if it’ll simply be discussed behind closed doors with select developers.
The iWatch has been getting a lot of press lately, and it’s no surprise that Apple is exploring its next big product. Everyone seems to be getting excited about a recent trademark filing for the iWatch name in Russia, but that’s simply smart business on Apple’s part – it’s nothing overtly revealing. If I were a betting man, I would put every red cent against the iWatch showing up on Monday. It’s early days for the smartwatch market, so expect Apple to take its sweet time developing the iWatch.
Just when we got used to new iPads coming at the beginning of the year, Apple changed up its schedule. Hot off the heels of the third-gen iPad last year, the fourth-gen iPad was launched just eight months later. It’s been seven months since the last iPad, and now people are getting antsy. Tim Hickman, CEO of Gumdrop Cases, is betting on a new Apple tablet coming next week. In fact, his company is already making cases for the next iPad based solely on speculation. Does that sound crazy to you? It should. New iOS hardware demands its own presentation at this point, so don’t expect to see the iPad 5 at WWDC.
New MacBook revisions are far less sexy than a new iPhone, iPad, or iWatch, so it’s plausible that Apple could drop some Haswell announcements alongside iOS 7 and OS X 10.9. Intel recently announced Thunderbolt 2, so it’s possible that we could see a related announcement from Cupertino for its hardware. Don’t expect anything like a complete redesign, but a spec bump would certainly be welcome.
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And while you’re here, you might also want to take a look at our iPhone 6 rumour roundup article.