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Apple's WWDC keynote at 1 pm Eastern will finally settle rumors

John Cox | June 3, 2014
At 1 pm Eastern today, Apple introduces its newest software updates to a group of 5,000 avid developers at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Very little is known, but much is speculated about what the company will unveil, especially given the promise of "new product categories" to be introduced in 2014.

There could be improvements and changes to iCloud, enabling iOS devices to be integrated more tightly and seamlessly, and to leverage more features, in Apple's unfolding cloud.

OS X 10.10

The same guy responsible for the iOS 7 makeover, Jonathan Ive, is reportedly also engaging in a major workover of the Mac's OS X. Many Apple watchers are expecting the next iteration, OS X 10.10 or Syrrah, to become still more like iOS. That would likely mean, in part, having the Mac software adopt at least some of the design concepts Ive introduced in iOS 7 a more stripped-down look and icon changes that reflect iOS 7.

"Mac OS X is in desperate need of an overhaul of its conceptual spatial layout," argues Daring Fireball's John Gruber. "Mission Control, Spaces, Launchpad, Dashboard — where are these things? How do you get to them? It's all a confusing jumble of ideas that have been glommed together piece by piece over 15 years."

Also on the list of OS X "wants" are richer iBooks apps, compatibility for the wireless file sharing protocol AirDrop between Macs and iOS devices, and support for the Siri voice assistant.

Hardware

It's almost a certainty that new iPhone or iPads will be announced later this year, not today.

Some think, or hope, that Apple will unveil a Retina display iMac and MacBook Air. But the latter at least seems unlikely since that line was revised recently, though there are rumors of a 12-inch Retina model in the works.  

There's been an almost surprising lack of rumors about the possibility that Apple will introduce the feverishly-rumored iWatch, or some other wearable device, at WWDC. So far, there's been little hard information about this, except reports over the past year about new hires with "wearables" backgrounds.

 

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