With Apple’s WWDC 2015 barely a few days away to be held in San Francisco’s Moscone West Center, the rumor mill is already getting us excited as to what the Cupertino giant has in store this time around. The event primarily focuses on the new software changes that’ll be coming to Apple devices, though we can expect a few surprises.
“We’ve got incredible new technology for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create,” said Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller when the company announced the event earlier this year.
The event begins on Monday, June 8 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center and will be streaming live. Here’s a list of some of the major announcements we can expect at WWDC 2015:
Apple’s Music Streaming Service
Since acquiring Beats last year, Apple seems to be ready to revamp the music service into something more. According to reports, Apple plans to launch a $10 a month subscription service offering unlimited access to users, something like Spotify. The Cupertino giant seems fairly confident about the launch of its re-branded service.
Apple earlier also acquired UK music analytics start-up Semetric, whose services are used by rivals like Spotify and other record labels. The move is most likely a ploy to gain insights into the industry ahead of its official launch, including social media demographics, data on popular artists and bands along with the most popular tracks on the web.
Sources also report that Apple has tied up with prominent artists including Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine over exclusive streaming deals.
Apple challenges Google Now
Google Now has undeniably been one of the most impressive features on Android, and now it seems Apple is planning to pull off something similar. Reports have emerged suggesting that one of the biggest features on iOS 9 would be a Google Now competitor called ‘ProActive’.
The new feature will be integrated to the left of the home screen offering handy user information.
The next OS X
The next version of OS X, believed to be codenamed ‘Gala’, is also expected to get new features, stability improvements and bug fixes. Reports suggest that Apple plans to introduce a new feature that prevents tampering of critical system files. The OS is also expected to get a new system font, while the company is also expected to add an iOS like Control Center to offer quick access and hassle free access to settings which are commonly used.
Third-party support for Apple Watch apps
Apple will allow developers to build native Watch apps starting this fall. Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior Vice President of Operations, clearly stated his intentions last week that a software development kit specially designed to create Apple Watch native apps would be announced during WWDC, implying developers will be able to run third party apps on the Apple Watch itself, doing away the need to be paired with an iPhone all the time.
Smarter Homes with Home Kits
Apple announced its smart home software – HomeKit last year and it seems Apple will further reveal more about it on Monday. The company is also expected to add a dedicated Home app to iOS, via a Siri integrated dashboard. Apple had earlier hinted at the possibility that HomeKit accessories will make an appearance by June, though the app and framekit have not yet been launched.
These could be some of the major announcements we can expect Apple to reveal at its keynote developer’s conference. Meanwhile, Apple is also expected to be working on adding support for Force Touch into its next version of the iOS. And since in the past we’ve seen WWDC being used as a platform to introduce upcoming iPhones, it hasn’t happened for quite a while and it seems Apple is going to stick with the same trend.
Meanwhile, there were also rumors of the Apple TV being unveiled at this year’s WWDC, though a report from New York Times suggests that Apple TV will not be showcased at WWDC.