“Hey Siri, when is the World Wide Developers Conference?”
“The World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco. I can’t wait!”
For those of you who are not familiar with it, WWDC is Apple’s annual developer conference where they unveil their latest software breakthroughs, and sometimes, it has been the place for the introduction of new hardware. What can we expect to see during this year’s conference? In this post, I will try to provide all of the rumors, and lay them out all in one place.
To kick things off, Apple normally starts off by giving updates on things such as earnings and products sales. However, I doubt they will opt to go this route considering the huge decline in sales this past quarter. After that, they begin to talk about the future of OSX. This is where we will most likely see a change. It has been speculated that Apple will change the OS name from OSX to MacOS. However, one of the most hyped features is Siri, which has been rumored to be coming to the Mac. Another addition will be improvements coming to the Photo app. During the transition from iPhoto to Photos, many users were upset that many key features were removed. In this new update, they are expected to return. As we get closer to the event, more rumors are bound to appear.
Probably, one of the most important announcements will be iOS. Recently, code within the App Store, has hinted that Apple may begin allowing users to hide the default apps if they are not in use. The code that was discovered was “isFirstPartyHideableApp.” Another rumor that has come to light involves the future of Jailbreaking in that, it will no longer be possible. In fact, we have yet to see a Jailbreak for iOS 9.2! This will surely disappoint those who enjoy jailbreaking their devices to get the most out of them. Another feature that has been rumored is that we may see a dedicated “Home” application that will allow you to control all of your smart devices from one application. However, the feature I most looking forward to has to do with Voicemail. It has been rumored that voicemails will soon be able to be transcribed into text. Google has had this for a while with their Google Voice application, but it is nice that Apple is finally integrating this feature. While we are on the subject of communication, it is also rumored that Apple will allow you to see if a contact is available or not just, like in the Facebook application. There are still many features that people hope are adopted into iOS, and as we get closer to the event, we should learn some more.
I’m going to pause here and inform you that in this update cycle, Apple is most likely going to axe quite a few products from their supported list. It is speculated the iPhone 4s is cooked, and maybe even the iPhone 5, iPad Mini (1st gen), iPad 3, and one of my favorites, the iPod Touch 5th Generation. It’s sad to see all of these successful products go, but at this point, where enhancements are key, old hardware becomes more harmful than the benefits the software provides. Apple may prove us wrong yet again as they did with the iOS 9 update, but I would not hold your breath this year.
WatchOS and TvOS have not received very much attention thus far. Is there anything you want to see in the next versions of the iOS operating system? Do you think Apple should be more open? Are you excited about a change? I would be interested in what you have to say.