Its time for the Apple WWDC again and this year is no excpetion for the rumours and expected announcements.
Every Apple enthusiast is expecting the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at The September 10 media event, but could Cupertino also be unveiling an updated (or entirely new) Apple TV at the same time?
CNET summarises a report [Google translation] from prominent Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claiming that both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch in Japan on Friday, September 20, ten days after the devices are expected to be unveiled at an Apple media event.
There’s been a lot of conversation around the new design language Apple introduced for iOS 7 at WWDC. Some feel it’s modern and fresh while others loathe the brighter palette and simpler, flatter icons.
A lot can change between now and the launch of iOS 7 this autumn, but if Apple’s recent trademark filing is any indication, FaceTime’s new icon fits within the aesthetic we saw at the WWDC announcement.
MacRumors has received several images that appear to show both the interior and rear shell of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S. The device appears to carry the same redesigned logic board that appeared earlier this week, suggesting that this is indeed a new iPhone.
Apple’s latest and greatest iOS itteration dropped yesterday and already I’m testing it. My first thoughts are a much welcome chnage to what was becoming a stale and old fashioned OS – Jony Ive once again proving his metle in the design arena, although this time in a much more intriguing capacity – a million miles from his roots as an industrial designer.
The first release is only a beta of course and with good reason – Joe Public would be kicking off already if Apple had released it to them already. Things aren’t perfect yet, but with a million developers pouring over it, iOS 7’s transition from adolescence couldn’t be in better hands.
It’s looking like we’ll be getting a seventh version of iOS come Monday evening; but Apple has some other surprises in store for the keynote that will kick off WWDC 2013. New laptops, an updated desktop operating system and possibly even a television are some of the rumours circulating.
A very informed article from Wired on what to expect from Apple’s WWDC event this year.
WWDC, Apple’s yearly developer conference, is just around the corner — it kicks off on June 10. Following Google’s I/O conference earlier this month, both developer and consumer expectations are sky high. Especially because other than a new-ish iPod, there’s been nary a product-related peep since Apple’s fall media event, which means there’s a lot that could be unveiled. Here’s what we expect.
Some things are relatively safe bets. Being developer-centric, we’ll definitely get a first look at the biggest upgrades to Apple’s mobile and desktop operating systems, iOS and OS X. Those are likely to include greater integration with social platforms, and more refined options for power users. WWDC is also often where we’ll see updates to the MacBook line. At last year’s WWDC, we saw the introduction of the Retina display MacBook Pro and a processor refresh for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
As to the rest? Here’s what Apple’s likely to unveil based on past trends, and what the rumor mill has been spinning up.
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is to kick off on June 10 in San Francisco.
We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers… Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.
– Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing
Activities promise to include:
- More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies
- More than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps
- The latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design
- The opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented
- Engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment
- Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad® and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design
Interestingly Apple are keen to remind everyone that Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.
It is key to point out that in the last few years the WWDC has not been used to announce a new iPhone. I expect this to continue ti be the case, although with the UK adopting 4G two months prior to this date, it is possible that the iPhone 5 4G could be brought to market for all other networks – EE having already adopted a slower 4G network in Q4 of 2012.
Today has seen quite a bit of activity around the new iPhone with the release of quite detailed photos of what seems to be a new design. As a round-up of the last few weeks possibilities, a few of the rumours circulating are after the break…