Apple have announced dates for their next Worldwide Developers Conference. It’ll take place from the 8th-12th of June and will show previews of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. But what else might we see at the event? In this post, I cast my predictions.
First though, here is the official logo:
Each year, some people try and decipher the logo to try and dig out any clues so that’s what I will try and do but this year, it’s more difficult.
Firstly, you can see that, around the edge are circular and square icons. This might mean that iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will merge together even more, similar to what happened with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite adding the Continuity feature where, for example you can start writing an email on one operating system and finish it off on the other operating system.
Secondly, as well as OS X, the circular icons are also used with Apple Watch, this might mean we’ll see the first major update to Apple Watch which may add new apps by Apple as well as improving the user experience.
Lastly, there seems to be a few shadow effects used in the logo so does that mean iOS 9 won’t be as flat as iOS 8? We may see a few shadow effects throughout iOS 9 as not everyone is keen on the flat design iOS 8 inherited.
There have been talks that Apple will be introducing their own music streaming service. Apple acquired Beats last year and will play a pivotal part in the service. On the 13th of April, Apple released the first beta of iOS 8.4 which includes a revamped Music app. It seems Apple are already putting the pieces together ready for when iOS 9 is released.
Hardware wise, I think the only product we’ll see is a new Apple TV. It’s definitely due an update. The major new features may include an App Store for Apple TV and Siri compatibility and who knows, judging by the logo, it might be circular or square.
We won’t see the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus as Apple have separate events for their flagship product.
So, to close out, I think we’ll see the following at WWDC:
- iOS 9
- OS X 10.11
- New Apple TV
- Major software update for Apple Watch