Keen Apple watchers have been busy predicting Apple’s new releases at the forthcoming Worldwide Developer Conference scheduled for June 10th at San Francisco. The conference holds crucial implications for Apple in the face of tough competition from Android-based smart devices.
The most anticipated product is probably the next-gen mobile operating system – the iOS 7 – mainly because it is undergoing a major overhaul under Jony Ive’s leadership after he took charge of the company’s Human Interfaces division. The revamped iOS is expected to have a flatter and simplified look sans textures, shadows, and the like. It will be armed to compete with other new and upgraded mobile platforms, such as Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10. As Apple has been releasing new versions of its desktop OS alongside its mobile OS, a new OS X variant is also expected.
Given that WWDC has invariably featured new laptops, Apple fans are expecting new Macs powered by Intel’s new Haswell chips. Apple will likely introduce the Retina MacBook Pro, and upgraded versions of MacBook Airs and Mac Pros. A new OS X 10.9 ‘Cabernet’ is also expected. The Mac software will integrate several iOS features for better usability.
Prospects about the iRadio are high, as it will be a huge progress in Apple’s music business. The service is expected to be ad-supported. New APIs are also expected. The company may announce voice-controlled Maps app for vehicles and hardware for better integration of iPhones in cars. It may reveal improvements to its Maps app, which caused some discomfiture for the company.
Expectations are high, especially in the face of soaring rumors and speculations that have prompted many a consumer to ponder over upcoming products and releases at the WWDC. Apple also seems enthusiastic to satiate its loyal customers.