The countdown has begun. Next Monday, June 8, the Moscone Center convention center in San Francisco will host the World Developers Conference 2015. The annual developer conference, organized by Apple, and one of the most famous in the technological world. Getting a ticket for WWDC 2015 is a complicated task: first you have to enter your name in a drawing and, if it is the chosen one, you will be able to pay the almost 1.600 dollars that the entrance costs.
The WWDC has become that event aimed primarily at software. This year Apple will announce iOS 9, what's new in OS X, but there will also be surprises in other fields. Unlike other editions, this time the leaks have been rare, but we can get an idea of what Apple has been preparing for the last year. This is what we look forward to WWDC 2015 in each department.
Last year Apple introduced iOS 8, an operating system that took a serious step towards customizing our devices. The company finally allowed us to purchase keyboards developed by third parties and add or remove widgets from our notification centers. In this sense, Apple was inspired by the main rival operating system: Android. This year we hope that the openness to personalization continue. We could find surprises in the organization of icons or when manipulating the interface, but so far no great details have been leaked in this regard.
On the other hand, in iOS 8 Apple debuted "HomeKit", an application that aspired to become the smart center of our home. Developers and accessory manufacturers could use "HomeKit" to empower users. HomeKit was going to allow us to control home automation from a single application: raise and lower blinds, check home cameras, turn lights on and off, and much more. Was one of the most anticipated tools of iOS 8, but unfortunately, Apple never got to activate it. "HomeKit" has been "in a deep sleep state" inside our iPhones for the past year and we didn't know why. Finally, iOS 9 will pick up the baton and become the operating system that allows us to control the elements of the home. Over the past few months, Apple and several accessory companies have announced that they are ready to launch HomeKit-compatible products. That time has come and we can expect many surprises in this regard, not only in iOS 9, but there will also be other departments that will exploit the potential of HomeKit, as you will see later.
Another evidence we have, through direct leaks from Apple employees, leads us to the official Maps app. This was one of the great "misfortunes" of Apple in iOS 6: the platform, which was born to replace Google Maps, did not live up to expectations and the rain of criticism was inevitable. Apple came under such pressure that Tim Cook was forced to sign a public letter of apology recommending rival alternatives. Apple Maps has improved greatly in recent years, providing more reliable routes, but it is still not at the level of Google Maps. At this time, Apple Maps does not show us traffic or public transport, but this last point could change from iOS 9, at which time Apple will begin to introduce information for large cities such as New York, London, Berlin and Paris.
On the other hand, important software improvements are expected to be added to the iPad. The Apple tablet has suffered a drop in sales over the last year and nothing seems to be able to stop it. A abysmal differentiation from the iPhone 6 Plus would be the solution. iOS 9 could introduce a real multitasking, in which we could open and manage two windows, with two different applications, at the same time. It would not be bad if, finally, iOS 9 became the operating system that allows us to start different sessions on an iPad. It would come in handy in family environments and at work (that each user had their own access information, with a password).
Last year, by now, we already knew that OS X was going to be called Yosemite, like the Californian national park. Two years ago Apple began to use names of important locations in the golden state for new versions of the operating system for the Mac. On this occasion, two days after the event, we still do not know what the chosen nickname.
iOS 9 will be an operating system focused on improving stability, as we have learned, and OS X will follow the same steps. We do not know what the main news of the OS will be this time, although we hope that we will also find some level of integration with HomeKit and the same improvements applied to the Apple Maps program. This new version of OS X would come equipped with a improvement in the autonomy of the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and hopefully the problems associated with Wi-Fi connections, one of Apple's pending tasks, will be solved once and for all.
In its last conference, Apple reduced the usual price of Apple TV from 99 euros to 79 euros, which triggered rumors about a new generation. The new Apple TV would suffer one of the biggest face washes till the date. In addition to being accompanied by powerful hardware, the set would present a new design, thinner and lighter (including the controller), accompanied by various finishes: white, space gray and gold. The remote would also have undergone a redesign, but it would integrate the same buttons and add a touch panel.
Inside this new Apple TV we would find a app store and other games store compatible with AirPlay. On the other hand, Apple TV would integrate Siri and could become the smart center of our home. The set could connect with our iPhone, in such a way that, when we were away from home, we could ask the iPhone to turn the lights off or on and the Apple TV would be the device in charge of sending that order to the corresponding accessory.
At last we will see how acquisition of Beats materializes last year, a transaction that cost Apple three billion dollars. We have dozens of tests that lead us to think that Apple has its own streaming music application ready that will compete directly with other big rivals like Spotify. The subscription price would be the same, even though the company has tried to cut it in half, but has not been successful due to the typical legal barriers of record companies.
Unlike iTunes Radio, Apple Music will allow us to listen to any album complete or specific artist that we want. Hopefully its international expansion will be faster than iTunes Radio, since the service has not yet reached all the territories in which Apple operates normally. Apple Music would be integrated into iTunes, Apple TV, and iOS, of course.
Apple's streaming television service
We are aware that Apple is working on developing its own streaming television service, which will allow viewing the contents of a dozen major television channels in the United States for a price that would be around $ 30 or $ 40 a month, considerably cheaper than cable television in the United States. This service is generating great expectations, but unfortunately Apple has not been able to prepare it for this WWDC 2015, so it would take a little longer to see it.
We have no doubt that Apple will open its conference on Monday bragging about Apple Watch sales. The keynote is likely to be led by a video showing the excitement that Apple's first wearable device has produced around the world. We expect Apple to introduce nSoftware level developments, also related to HomeKit and that, of course, new interfaces appear to select when displaying the time.