Just days before Apple’s WWDC 2015 – their yearly developer conference – we’re having another close-as-possible look at what’ll be shown by the company. Here we’re highlighting the most important bits, running down the software that’ll be shown off in San Francisco. While there’s a possibility that Apple COULD reveal some new hardware, we’d suggest you didn’t bet on it. This year’s developer conference will be all about developers, as it was always meant to be. This list includes iOS 9, OS X 10.11, HomeKit, Beats Streaming Music, and the Apple Watch Native SDK.
Before you dive in, remember that this is not an exhaustive list. Head down to the timeline at the bottom of this article for more WWDC 2015 articles if you’d like to explore EVERYTHING that might pop up during this year’s Apple developer conference.
1. Apple Watch Native SDK
While the Apple Watch already has thousands of apps, Apple’s not yet released a native software development kit to the public. Once this kit is released, developers will have access to Apple Watch sensors. They’ll also be able to run apps on the Apple Watch itself, rather than just beaming bits over by Bluetooth.
Expect more key Apple Watch apps to be revealed at WWDC 2015 as well. Whatever’s left, that is to say.
2. iTunes Streaming (Beats Music)
It’s time. After long-rumored deals and enough artist support to choke a mule, Apple’s very likely close enough to their own iTunes-named, Beats by Dre-sourced, iOS and OS X-based music streaming system. This system will likely come in for a subscription price of around $10 and will compete with the likes of Spotify and newcomer streaming music service Tidal.
Recent insider word suggests that Apple is making some last-minute negotiations to round out their massive music license library at this time.
3. iOS 9
Much like what Google suggested their newest operating system update – Android M – was about, this software will be meant to refine, not completely change, the iOS experience. With iOS 9, we’re expecting the iPad and iPhone experience to be above all else: smoother.
If iOS 9 is released – as it’s very much expected – we’ll likely see a developer preview by next Monday.
4. OS X 10.11
This version of Apple’s desktop-based operating system is almost certainly set to be revealed next week, aimed at the masses. Or at least every Apple computer released in the past several years.
New Control Center features will be available from the left edge of your screen. The font might change to “San Francisco”, the front used by the Apple Watch. OS X will continue to converge (though it’ll never completely be one) with the mobile OS universe.
5. HomeKit App for iOS
While we’ve seen the first wave of HomeKit devices, we don’t yet have the software to work with the lot of them. It’s time – one year after the first HomeKit reveal – for Apple to offer control to the masses.
That means public consumption, and an app that’ll come pre-loaded with all updates to iOS 9 on iPhone and iPad.
BONUS: Apple TV as the Epicenter of Change
While we didn’t expect Apple TV to make a big appearance, it may be part of HomeKit. See the shape in the hero image of this article, then think about the Apple TV’s current shape.
Is Apple TV the epicenter of change? It may as well be. Or something shaped VERY similar to it.