After months of anticipation, we finally get to hear about the "next big things" from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) , as the tech giant on Monday kicks off its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Expected announcements include next-generation operating systems as well as software updates and new apps showing the future of the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
The premiere developers conference kicks off at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT with a keynote address delivered by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The tech giant will live stream the event on Apple devices or QuickTime for Windows.
Watch the keynote address here.
Viewers of the event will need to have Safari installed on Mac OSX 10.6 or later, iOS 4.2 or later, or QuickTime 7 for Windows. The Cupertino, California company will create a WWDC channel on Apple TV, but users will need to have a second- or third-generation Apple TV with iOS 5 or later to view the content.
While the conference has become one of Apple’s more talked-about events, perhaps because the company is notably quiet about its products and software, WWDC is intended for the developing community, so we can expect software and operating system announcements but probably not hardware announcements. That means don't hold your breath for iWatch or iPhone 6 news.
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Apple will most likely unveil iOS 8, the next version of its mobile operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. New features are said to include Healthbook, a health-and-fitness app center similar to Passbook; an update to Apple Maps with integrated transit options; split-screen functionality for iPad; and, perhaps less likely, Siri for Apple TV.
Apple will also debut OSX 10.10. With Jony Ive at the helm, OSX is set to get a complete redesign, which may look similar to iOS 7. But Apple may surprise everyone and announce a completely new version, OS 11. Commonly, version numbers end at x.9 and get a new whole number thereafter.
For those who can't watch the event, International Business Times will be live blogging the event and I'll be live tweeting my reactions. Follow me at @CameronDFuller for the fastest updates or follow our coverage here.