WWDC 2014 preview: iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and more!

WWDC 2014 preview: iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and more!

WWDC 2014 kicks off Monday at 10am PDT with Apple's first keynote of the year. Apple will be streaming it live and iMore will be there bringing you in-depth commentary and analysis. There's a real electricity in the air this year. iOS 8 and especially OS X 10.10 seem to be generating real excitement and that excites us. So, based on what's happened in the past, what could Apple be planning for the WWDC 2014 future?

Apple values

Apple's CEO Tim Cook will likely kick off the show, his show now, with a welcome to all the developers attending the conference, and a look at how Apple is doing in 2014. That could include some mention of the recent Apple/Beats acquisition. Cook will also do what he does best — express Apple's core values. Cook deeply believes in making great products, and before they start rolling out the what, he'll once again tell us the why. Videos could roll.

Apple Stores

While Tim Cook previously updated us on Apple Retail, now that Angela Ahrendts has officially started as the new senior vice president of Apple Retail and Online, how better to get her off to a great start than bringing her up on stage? The next chapter in Apple Store starts now, and the vision for it could well start at WWDC.

iOS 8

Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi will likely take the stage to show off the "tent pole" features of iOS 8. iOS got its big new redesign last year, along with some great new features like Control Center and and background refresh. That means iOS 8 can focus on refinements this year, both in style and in substance. The WWDC banners show iOS 8 under water. Whether that represents fluidity, depth, or mutability remains to be seen. Given the emphasis on OS X 10.10 this year (see below), what exactly Apple has time and resources to get into iOS 8, and what gets pushed back to iOS 8.1 or even iOS 9 is hard to say for certain. Healthbook has been in the works for while. Transit directions for Maps as well. There've been a lot more rumors as well, and there's a lot of stuff we want to see above and beyond the rumors.

iCloud and iTunes

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of services has spent the last couple events showing us new versions of iWork and iLife, including iWork for iCloud. Two years ago iCloud was facing significant developer push-back. Last year Apple mea culpa'd and moved on. Could there be something on tap for this year to take it to the next level?

Apple also now owns Beats and while incredibly recent, could Beats music get some attention on stage? Could we see the first part of Apple's downloads + radio + streaming plans?

iTunes Radio hasn't gotten the international push anyone hoped for. Beats Music is almost brand new. TV and Movie subscriptions and streaming is still a battle being fought. iCloud storage is still completely out of line with the rest of the market. Photo and video backup is still a problem in need of fixing.

Cue's section of WWDC will be among the most interesting to watch.

OS X 10.10

Craig Federighi will be back on stage for OS X 10.10. The Mac operating system is reportedly getting its iOS 7 moment this year — its redesign and reconceptualization. How depth, deferences, and clarity translate to the Mac, if indeed those same priorities translate, remains to be seen. Yet familiarity is good, evolution is good, and taking the Mac into a new visual era to match its new naming era will be good. Speaking of which, banners suggest OS X Yosemite might be the next name in the California places series. Beyond the look and the name rumor has it this is going to be a BIG update. That may even include some significant API changes for developers. Either way, it's great to see the Mac getting attention.

The Mac

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, typically shows off new hardware. Previous years have seen both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro updated at WWDC. This year the MacBook Air has already gotten its speed bump, so that leaves one or both MacBook Pros. Those, and iMac and even Mac Pro speed bumps could just as easily get sent out as press releases, however, and never make the stage.

I've heard nothing about a new Mac mini, but the Mac mini hasn't been updated in so long that if Apple does have something, anything like a Haswell model up their sleeves, we could see that either in a press release or, if a new design is involved, on stage.

There's also the question of new Thunderbolt 2 displays. The Mac Pro and MacBook Pro both support 4K and Apple currently doesn't have their own 4K display on the market. Typically iMacs get the new screens before the displays do, but 4K could be an exception to that rule.

Retina MacBook Airs are harder to see. The Mac is tied to Intel's roadmap and if the Retina MacBook Air is still on the Broadwell platform, and Haswell isn't do-able, we'll have to wait until later this year when Broadwell is available before they can ship.

iPhones, iPads, and iWatches

See you this fall!

Thanks everyone!

Just as Tim Cook starts the show, so does he end it, rounding up everything that's been announced and welcoming developers to enjoy their week. There might be a video or an ad. There might just be a summation of Apple's vision. But it'll close the show off in grand fashion.

Then the public part of WWDC will be over and the closed developer sessions will begin.

And hey, if you are a developer, Apple will be streaming both the State of the Union and the Apple Design Awards live this year, so even if you don't have a ticket, you can watch along!

Your WWDC 2014 predictions?

That's some of what I think we'll see — and won't see — come the WWDC 2014 keynote on Monday. Let me know what you expect!

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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WWDC 2014 preview: iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and more!


"The Mac operating system is reportedly getting its iOS 7 moment this year — its redesign and reconceptualization."

Mommy I'm scared!!!

I'm wondering if osx won't just make the launch pad feature more robust. That feature more than any would translate well to an iOS environment and desktop users would keep their experience.

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I expect a home server with multimedia capabilities, capable to do a sonos like home streaming funtionality, home automation and capable of maintaining up today data availability of a wide variety of things such as food, consumer stocks and clothes. I expect an intelligent system that knows, base on calendar and reminders availability, what media either for leisure or for learning experience should it provide to each family member device for this person to make use of. Adding the Beats formula to the whole equation with Bluetooth, better sound quality and really true noise cancellation would be a tremendous plus that would enhance that new Apple paradigm
And the ecosystem

Man, they better release a new Mac Mini... I've been waiting for so, so, long. Don't fail me!!!

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Unfortunately it looks like split-screen multitasking will not be shown off at WWDC. Apparently it is still slated for iOS 8...which makes no sense. How could Apple add split screen multitasking but not show it off on stage...it seems like a tent pole feature, and developers would certainly need to get apps ready for it. If they add it in 8.1, it would be unprecedented as tent pole features like that wouldn't be added to a x.1 release.

Any way you put it is a HUGE disappointment and was the only thing I cared about for iOS 8. This has the potential to change the iPad and for many people make it a laptop replacement.


Easy. Same way they didn't show Siri with iOS 5, or Touch ID with iOS 7. Save it for the new hardware announcement and release keynote. Make it iPad Air 2 and iPad mini Retina 2 exclusive.

Exactly. It will be used as a "differentiating factor" to try and influence users to upgrade to newer hardware

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re: "iPad air 2 and iPad mini retina 2 only" ...

Apple rarely if ever does stuff like that. Usually a new feature only requires new hardware if it actually requires it. There is no way an A7 equipped mobile wouldn't be able to do multi-screen stuff, so there is no way they will exclude them. It's not like a processor upgrade is necessary for this to work.

Not saying they will, but is an example of what they could do.

I have given up hope my iPad 3 will get it, though.

Time for a new iPad, me thinks...

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Not saying they will, but is an example of what they could do.

I have given up hope my iPad 3 will get it, though.

Time for a new iPad, me thinks...

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Not saying they will, but is an example of what they could do.

I have given up hope my iPad 3 will get it, though.

Time for a new iPad, me thinks...

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Well they did it with Siri when before apple bought it, it worked great on devices and then once apple bought it, they didn't make it available to those devices.

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Stopped by a local Apple store today, I noticed that almost all of the 15 inch MBP had been replaced on the desks with iPad with retina, only one 13 inch MP non Retina on display, one desk of Airs. 5 of the center desks , and half of one wall desk were all iPads. Making room for something.

OSX will go touch screen.. And AppleTV will be Siri enabled to control not only itself but home devices... And of course ihealth

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OSX will go touch screen.. And AppleTV will be Siri enabled to control not only itself but home devices... And of course ihealth

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Ugh, please no touchscreen laptops. Unless the screen is detachable and can function independently as a tablet, the touchscreen is a huge waste of money and resources.

How about a file explorer, mp3 ringtones that you can DL right from the phone, & something practical like USB support

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A local store source has already informed me a week ago that they have a Haswell Mac Mini in their stock waiting for the announcement to go on sale! :-D

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Apple TV app store. Need to get developers working on apps and games for Apple TV or they will lose out to Amazon.

What if the water on the iOS 8 banner was for a waterproof iPhone 6 being announced tomorrow?

We've seen leeks since the end of April this year... last year the leaks started end of June.

And by the way, I don't believe Apple needs to wait for iOS 8 to be ready to ship a new iPhone... they'll ship it when it's ready.

For iOS 8, I just wish I could find the same stock apps on both my iPhone and iPad. Like the Weather and Calculator apps, for example. I occasionally have to grab my iPhone that's in my pocket when I'm browsing on my iPad, just to check the weather. Why can't I enjoy the same experience on my iPad? I know I can download third-party weather apps, but I'd much rather use Apple's apps. One of the reasons I love Apple products so much is because of the synchronization between my devices, and the similar experience between them.

I'd love to have the same apps on my Mac too (the Weather app, most specifically). If OS X 10.10 is going to look more like iOS, this is one of the things I hope they bring over; app similarity.

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Depends not to start a flame war but a lot of the new features are a catchup to android on one hand I can see how this is a good thing though as it will make a lot of things standard across the board which only drives innovation