Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT with a keynote address by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The tech giant will stream the event live available for Apple devices or Quicktime for Windows. IBTimes will be live blogging the event to keep you up to date with the announcements as they come.
Nearly half of our users in China have switched from Android to iPhone." - Tim Cook @ #WWDC14— Thomas Halleck (@tommylikey) June 2, 2014
Apple OS X 10.10 is expected to be announced at the WWDC.
The computer operating system upgrade, which goes by the internal codename “Syrah,” has been dubbed OS X “Yosemite” as its official marketing name. In 2013, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) retired its naming of computer operating systems after big cats and began naming systems after California landmarks, with the first being OS X Mavericks.
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The OS X 10.10 operating system is expected to largely focus on updates to the user-interface design. In particular, OS X 10.10 may adopt a look and feel similar to Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system. OS X 10.10 may feature app icons that look like those on iOS 7 in addition to an overall “glassy” and “flat” feel, with apps and programs opening directly on top of the desktop with no shadowing. The update may also include a new design for the Mac App Store and new version of iWork and iLife.
Mashable editor Lance Ulanoff tweeted on Monday a photo of Mac computers at WWDC, which may be running demo version of the new OS X.
— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) June 2, 2014
This year's update will be "OS X Yosemite"- Craig Federighi, head of OS, Apple #WWDC14â€” Thomas Halleck (@tommylikey) June 2, 2014
"You're going to see how" OS X and iOS have "been engineered to work seemlessly together." - Tim Cook at #WWDC14â€” Thomas Halleck (@tommylikey) June 2, 2014
Apple is expected to discuss home automation this year at WWDC, and how the company plans to play a central role in the “Internet of things” inside consumers’ homes. I think Apple will discuss how its products will work in tandem with connected appliances to create a larger role for everything from security systems to ovens that are “made for iPhone and iPad.”
A key component to connected homes is something to unify the system – whether that is a set-top box a la Comcast or a refreshed Apple TV. Rumors say Apple is unlikely to announce either at WWDC this year, but as an unsatisfied owner of the most recent Apple TV, I am hoping something happens in this space.
Apple is also expected to announce major updates for iOS on smartphones and tablets and OS X on its larger devices. Apple has not yet made any major attempts to close the gap between those two operating systems, but will likely start unifying its ecosystem more this year.
Thomas Halleck, technology reporterJune 2, 2014