Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week in San Francisco, which will bring together thousands of engineers and developers under the stereotypical tech motto “Write the Code. Change the World.” and give the company a chance to showcase some of its upcoming products.
True to form, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) hasn’t shared much information with the media, so most people are left to speculate about what product launches seem like a good fit for the event (the schedule is full of sessions with titles like ‘You’ll find out in a few days’ and ‘You’ll never guess this one’). But an image picked up by Josh Lowensohn at The Verge shows that we’re going to hear something about iOS 8 at the conference.
The timing of the announcement makes sense. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) releases new versions of iOS more or less once per year, and iOS 7 was unveiled at last year’s WWDC before coming to the market last September. Last year, iOS 7 was discussed during the conference’s keynote speech, but it made major changes to the mobile operating system’s user interface. If this year’s update isn’t as significant, or if there’s something to talk about that’s already generating a lot of buzz (like the iWatch) it could be relegated to one of the smaller sessions.
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Apple’s WWDC likely to highlight Beats acquisition, OS X 10.10
While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans may be looking forward to any small change made in iOS 8, investors can expect to hear more details about how Apple plans to incorporate Dr. Dre’s headphone company Beats that it recently acquired for $3.2 billion. Some people think that Apple paid too much for the company, and want to hear CEO Tim Cook’s rationale for making the deal.
According to Mac Rumors, other likely updates include OS X 10.10 and Apple’s entrance into the Internet of Things with a home automation platform that lets people control their security systems, lights, and a host of other smart appliances with their iPhone. Mac Rumors doesn’t expect to hear anything about the iWatch or Apple TV this year, but speculates that an update to the Mac Mini, a low cost iMac, or a low-cost iPhone 5S targeting emerging markets could all be on the agenda.