Apple's Tim Cook will take to the stage tomorrow from San Jose, in what may be the last keynote to be given before they move to the circular spaceship campus. Operations have already begun there, but the special theater for media events isn't done yet. Leo expects the 10th anniversary iPhone event to be there in September.
There's plenty of credible evidence that Apple is going to get into the home connectivity game with an announcement of a Siri home speaker at WWDC. But Leo says that Siri is the dumbest of all the digital assistants, since Apple has systematically dumbed the service down since they acquired it. So he's not sure how beneficial it would be to have a Siri device over Amazon's Echo or Google's Home. Apple may have the edge with superior hardware, though.
Apple had its WorldWide Developers Conference this week in San Francisco, and announced iOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra. Among those announcements was the new Music app which has been slightly redesigned and a new iMessages app with many new features.
Apple also announced "Differential Privacy," which aims to gather data from users without sacrificing the privacy of each individual user. Apple also stated that it would be bringing more "deep learning" to iOS, but that it would only use data on the local device and not from the cloud.
Apple has announced major changes to their OS X file system. Replacing HFS+, the new system is called APFS and has some nice features that will include being more reliable. You'll be able to unplug a hard drive and the file system will be more robust and not crash the system. Another advanced feature will be Snapshots. It'll basically be an automatic image copy done in the background so that you will be able to get back up and running in a few minutes.
Apple has also announced SWIFT Playgrounds, which will enable kids to learn how to create apps on the iPad.
Rumors are flying that there will be no announcement of a revamped Apple TV tomorrow for Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference. Citing leaks from Apple executives, the New York Times reports that a completely redesigned Apple TV simply isn't ready for prime time.
The news that there would be a new AppleTV this week at the WorldWide Developer's Conference is bound to disappoint many, including Leo. Because there isn't going to be one. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple execs have said it's just not ready for prime time. And Leo says that's a pity because with Google's new AndroidTV, Roku's continuing development of the Stick and the Roku Box, Apple's Hobby project is falliing way behind.
Apple announced several noteworthy new features at its WWDC 2014 presentation on Monday, June 2. Apple usually spends some time in the beginning of these announcements giving a self-congratulatory report, but they didn't waste much time during this keynote. They did talk briefly though about the growth of the Mac and how many iOS units have sold to date. They also referred to Android as a "toxic hellstew" of security vulnerabilities. This was all part of the "new Apple" that seems to be emerging with Tim Cook at the helm, taking jabs at competitors like Google and Microsoft.
Robert is excited about all the news from WWDC and Apple's new features for OS X and iOS 8. Leo says they were all very exciting, if they all happen. Apple hasn't had much luck with the network services that they have offered: MobileMe comes to mind. But if they can deliver, it'll be very exciting.
Tomorrow is WWDC (WorldWide Developer's Conference) as Tim Cook and his development posse will deliver a keynote that Leo thinks will feature software announcements of OS X, code named "Syrah." Some believe it'll be called "Yosemite," though. We'll also see a preview of iOS 8 which will be out in the fall. But there are some who believe there will be hardware announcements of new iMacs or Mac Pros. Maybe even a MacBook Air with retina display. Don't hold your breath for a new iPhone or iPad, as Apple moved it to a fall release schedule a few years ago.
Tomorrow in Cupertino, Apple's World Wide Development Conference begins. Leo says we'll see a new version of iOS announced and it could be dramatically reimagined by Sir Jony Ive. We'll also probably see a new version of OS X, but we've run out of big cats, so what will it be called?
Leo also says we may be seeing a new MacBook Pro Retina that's super thin, more like a Macbook Air. We could even see a new Mac Pro tower. He rather doubts we'll see an official iPhone/iPad announcement, however. That probably won't come until at least September.