Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off on June 8 and will run through June 12 in San Francisco. The company is expected to give more details about the upcoming iOS 9, OS X operating system, iTV and more at the conference.
The invite itself confirms that the developer community will learn more about the future of iOS and OS X. However, there may be more than just iOS 9 and OS X. Here are some of the things that we may expect and may not expect from the Apple conference.
There are no doubts that Apple representatives will talk about iOS 9 at the WWDC. The existing iOS 8 has a number of issues that iOS users will hope to be fixed in iOS 9. Apple engineers are believed to be working on addressing the bugs, maintain system stability and boost performance in the next iOS.
Apple Pay is available to customers in the U.S. since October 2014. However, the service is still not available in other markets. Customers in Canada, Europe and the UK will hope that Apple announces Apple Pay for more regions during the WWDC.
The HomeKit software that is capable of managing door locks, thermostats and more was launched at last year's WWDC. However, compatible devices are not present in the market. It is expected that Apple will announce HomeKit devices at the WWDC. A recent report also pointed that Apple may include a "Home" app in iOS 9, which will be capable of managing HomeKit devices.
OS X 10.11
Just like iOS 9, Apple is also expected to focus on bug fixes for its desktop operating system. The company may also introduce a few new features such as a Control Center panel, from where users will be able to access controls easily. The OS X may also get Rootless, which is a security feature that prevents modification to files and data.
Apple TV has not seen a revision in the past three years. However, some experts believe that Apple may introduce a new Apple TV at the WWDC this year.
Apple may bring in a competitor to Spotify. The company acquired Beats Electronics in August 2014 and will take advantage from it for revamping iTunes subscription streaming music built using technology from Beats Music.
Apple introduced the Mac Pro and the MacBook Airs at WWDC 2013. Similarly, in 2012 the company also unveiled the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and updated MacBook Pro at that year's WWDC. Moreover, the company has already unveiled the all-new MacBook and updates to MacBook Air and MacBook Pro at an event in March this year, which means that Apple may or may not launch Macs at the upcoming WWDC.
iPhone and iPads
Apple has introduced some iPhone models such as the iPhone 3G at previous WWDC events but it is highly unlikely that the company will introduce the next-generation iPhones or iPads at the event. Both the Apple devices have their separate launch events in the fall and most probably the company will not change the schedule with the launch of an iPad or iPhone at the WWDC.
Apple Subscription TV
Experts were hoping that Apple may launch streaming TV service at the WWDC. However, a recent Re/Code report suggests that Apple has postponed the launch of the service, which may now start in early 2016.
How to watch WWDC 2015?
The WWDC 2015 keynote will start at 10 a.m. PST on 8 June. While only limited number of developers will be present at the event, thousands and thousands will want to watch the event. Apple will stream the keynote and some select sessions of the event via the WWDC app throughout the week.
Apple has also updated its Events application on the Apple TV, which will stream live video of the WWDC.
Apple will also provide streaming of video from its website. However, the official Apple Events webpage is still to be updated.
Alternatively, interested viewers can also watch the event from UStream.