Apple WWDC 2014 Starts Today

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco. This 5 day conference showcases new Apple software and technologies for iOS and OSX through technical presentations and hands on labs. It begins with the keynote at 10am Pacific time broadcast live on Apple’s website and on a channel on Apple TV.

In the past, Apple has made major announcements at the Monday morning keynote such as the iPhone App Store in 2008, the iPhone 4 in 2010 and iCloud in 2011. Since 2008 Apple has announced the next iOS operating system at the WWDC. This year is no different as iOS 8 banners appeared days ago in the Moscone Center where the conference is held.

The next version of Mac OS X 10.10 will be unveiled today. It will follow the tradition set by OSX 10.9 Maveriks by taking its name from a place in California. OSX 10.10 is expected to receive a major face lift with a flat look that complements iOS 7.

Apple may acknowledge its recent acquisition of Beats Electronics and include appearances by Jimmy Iovine or Dr. Dre.

The iPhone 6 is widely rumored to have a larger screen than the iPhone 5. A larger iPhone screen may require special considerations by app developers and prompt Apple to announce the iPhone 6 today. If not announced today, watch for the iPhone 6 announcement in the fall.

Apple is notoriously secretive about new products which fuels speculation. The list of rumored products includes a new Apple TV with its own app store, an overhaul of Apple Maps, a larger iPad, a home automation platform, the iWatch, and a MacBook Air with 12 inch Retina Display to list a few. The potential for one of these rumors becoming reality adds a little suspense to the keynote.

Apple records and releases the developer sessions later to those enrolled in the Developer program.  They are top-notch. I’ve watched sessions from past WWDC conferences years later and recommended them to developers and designers.

I won’t be there in person this year but look forward to following it online!