The dates for the much awaited Apple (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 14) are finally out as the company made a formal announcement mentioning the event will be held from June 2 to June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone convention and exhibition complex. WWDC is a five day annual conference, attended by more than 1,000 Apple engineers and 5,000 developers.
The event is primarily focused on application developers, providing them with technical sessions that will help them understand the criticalities and the latest additions to the hardware and software components of Apple’s offerings. In the past also, major hardware and software changes have been highlighted in the WWDC events – iTunes Radio, latest version of OS X Mavericks and the iOS 7 were launched in WWDC 13, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were announced in 2012, iCloud was launched in 2011, and many more. So, how will Apple surprise us this year? Let’s take a look.
What Apple Might Have To Offer In WWDC 14
While there are several topics that are expected to be discussed during this year’s event, the words from Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Worldwide Marketing VP, has made it clear that a newer version of the iPhone and iPad OS is coming as well as that for OS X -
'We look forward to sharing with them (app developers) our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.'
Along with this, I expect Apple executives will also through some light on the much discussed Healthbook app, the much rumored iWatch and definitely the changes made to the new Apple TV. Rumors are there that the iWatch might come in two variants just like the latest iPhone – iWatch S made out of glass and metal with leather straps to complement iPhone 5S and iWatch C made out of polycarbonate fiber and synthetic bands to complement iPhone 5C. However, keeping in mind the event is mainly focused on major hardware and software changes, chances that Apple will unveil the iWatch are minimal. We might just have to wait till September.
iWatch concept revealed by Martin Hajek, Apple fan and artist (Source: Digital Trends)
There is also a good chance that the Cupertino company will update the hardware of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Some expect that this year the 2014 MacBook Air will finally get the amazing Retina display, the display that has just spoiled us, and also might sport a 2302x1440 display resolution with 226 PPI, suggesting a display more like the MacBook Pro instead of the usual 16:9 display.
What Apple must keep in mind is that it must offer some new interesting technologies this year also. Its peers such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) are also all set to throw new things on developers and analysts. Yesterday only Microsoft Build 2014, a three day event, ended and the company had some pretty interesting things to offer for both Microsoft Windows and Windows Phone OSs. And, soon after the WWDC 14, Google I/O 2014 is set to start (from June 25 and last for three days) and will be held at the same venue, Moscone Center. There, Google is expected to bring upgrades to the Android OS and Chrome OS. However, going by the past events, one can rest assured Apple must have planned some very tempting stuff for this year’s event.