Apple developer conference: Spotlight on OS X 10.11, iOS 9, Apple Watch apps, Siri and more
Apple WWDC event in San Francisco, California, will get developers drooling
Apple is due to unveil a host of new software products and services at WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) in San Francisco, California, next week. Here we’ve rounded up the ones to keep an eye on.
1. OS X 10.11
Apple is almost certain to announce the latest Mac operating system at its WorldWide Develope Conference. it has been a decade or more since Apple was playing catch up with Microsoft, but CEO Tim Cook won't mind getting OS X 10.11into the public eye a few days before Microsoft's Windows 10 hits the streets. Developers aren't expecting enormous change but Apple Maps and its integration with the OS is surely due and update.
2. iOS 9
Apple will update iOS 9, at WWDC. The user interface might not change much - it was only recently refreshed - but developers will be anxious to get their hands on the update and businesses will know that their most affleunt customers will want apps that work well with any changes to the OS.
3. Apple Watch and HomeKit
Both Apple Watch and HomeKit are expected to get attention at WWDC. The tech behemoth is forecast to reveal new editions of the Watch OS that bring increased functionality to those wearing it.
Meanwhile, the first HomeKit compatible smart home devices began to arrive on the market this week, with support for devices running iOS 8.1 or later.
4. Native Apple Watch apps
Let's be honest. Apple Watch apps are not the best advertisment for the product. They need to improve if hte device is to a high-end, mass market product. That's why Apple is opening up an SDK to developers to allow third-party apps to run natively, instead of via an iPhone. Lot's of potential for developers, particularly around fitness apps.
5. Siri: Time to give a helping hand to Apple's digital assistant?
Siri needs to smarten up. Apple's voice assistant may have been a pioneer but its rival Google Now, combined with the Android M upgrade, is looking like serious competition. You don't have to be an Apple fanatic to hope WWDC will see Apple unite Siri, Spotlight, Calendar, Maps, and other apps to deliver you information throughout the day without you even having to ask for it. Here's hoping.
6. Something for the enterprise Watson?
No enterprise can afford to ignore Apple products, Customers use them as does much of the workforce, but the enterprise has not been Apple’s main focus. Things began to change with the Apple’s tie up with IBM in July 2014. The fruits of cooperation were initially a little sparse until a set of announcements last December. Will WWDC bring more? Can Apple and IBM bring Watson analytic and deep learning capabilities to OS-X and iOS developers? If they can, will they share?
7. Apple TV - the one that got away
Don't hold your breath for the new Apple TV. The Apple TV is expected to be upgraded with an A8 processor, dedicated App Store and Siri voice controls. There are also rumours the Apple TV remote will be updated to include a touch pad for input. We already know it is going to be the central hub for Apple's HomeKit smart home efforts. But you won't see it at WWDC. Despite all the expectations, plans to unveil it next week have been dropped .
8. iTunes and Apple music streaming service
The new versions of iOS and OS X could feature a much-anticipated subscription music service from Apple.
The on demand service, likely to be similar to Spotify and Beats, is expected to cost approximately £10 per month.
An update to iTunes on OS X and Windows is also likely to be announced in conjunction with any new music streaming service.
9. New iPhone 6 or iPhone 7?
Ahead of Apple events everyone always asks whether a new iPhone will be launched but this time round it's very unlikely that any new iPhones will be announced.
Apple usually only launches iPhones in September and the company's latest iPhone, the 6 and the 6 Plus, are currently performing well in the market.