Apple will show off “the future of iOS,” at WWDC 2014 on June 2nd, where the company will likely introduce iOS 8 to the world. Apple typically announces a new version of the iPhone and iPad software to developers in the summer, which should come with an iOS 8 beta so that developers and accessory makers can ensure apps and products work with the latest iOS 8 features and updates. This is also a prime time for a new MacBook Air release, which could arrive on store shelves right after an Apple announcement.
This points to a fall iOS 8 release date that will likely come with new hardware such as an iPhone 6 or possibly the rumored iWatch which could tie into health apps and features in iOS 8.
In the WWDC 2014 announcement Apple did not talk specifically about iOS 8. Philip Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple did express excitement saying, “We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”
Apple will stream the WWDC 2014 keynote, or State of the Union session, live on the web so developers that cannot make the trip and Apple fans can watch the event as it unfolds. Traditionally this event lasts an hour and includes how much Apple paid developers, a rundown of apps and a in-depth look at the new iOS 8 features that developers can integrate into their apps as well as what users can expect this fall. The WWDC 2014 announcement includes a bullet point about what to expect from a new version of the software,
- the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design;
There will not likely be an iOS 8 release on June 2nd, but there should be an iOS 8 beta release that day to allow developers to try their apps on the new software ahead during training sessions. For users that register as an iOS developer for $99 with Apple or who use a third-party service and pay about $10 there will likely be an option to try the iOS 8 beta that day.
Apple is reportedly planning an iOS 8 Healthbook app that can track a variety of health activities and may pair up with accessories or sensors in a new iPhone 6 or a new iWatch to monitor a user’s progress and health. There may not be a major change in looks for iOS 8. After the big overhaul for iOS 7 Apple is now focusing on features and polishing the look of the new OS. Check out the latest iOS 8 rumors for more information.
Rumors point to a new MacBook Air release coming soon, and a reveal at WWDC 2014 is possible. While the event is software focused, Apple used it to announce a new MacBook Air with vastly improved battery life last year.
There are rumors that a MacBook Air Retina release is coming soon, with a possibility of a new 12-inch size and a higher resolution display similar to the MacBook Pro Retina. Rumors suggest the 2014 MacBook Air Retina will arrive with a 2304 x 1440 resolution that packs pixels closer together for a better looking display. This device may feature a new design and will likely include a price premium for the higher-resolution display.
WWDC 2014 runs from June 2nd through June 6th at Moscone West in San Francisco and is limited to 1,000 developers. Apple is holding a lottery to select developers who can then pay for a ticket. There are also 200 student scholarships available with free access. Developers can enter the WWDC 2014 ticket lottery starting today and through April 7th at 10AM pacific. Apple will notify developers that are chosen by 5Pm on April 7th.
For those who can not attend the WWDC 2014 keynote and app awards will be streamed live and other WWDC 2014 videos will appear online soon after the sessions end, where registered developers can see them.