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Predictions for Apple’s WWDC

Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference kicks off one week from today, on Monday June 13th. The keynote for the event is at 1:00 PM Eastern, 10:00 AM Pacific time. Back in April I posted my wish list for iOS and OS X. Here are my predictions for what we will see next week.

Hardware

WWDC has seen its share of new hardware being released. However, last year as well as in 2014, WWDC did not see any new hardware released. Even though the past couple of years have been hardware free, I think this year’s WWDC will see some new hardware. This will include things that developers will love; a new Mac Pro and a new Thunderbolt display. If Apple were to announce high-end hardware like this, WWDC would be the best place to do so. Besides this, developers are one of the target audiences for the Mac Pro, and there is no where better to announce new hardware for developers.

Emoji

Language is a fluid and dynamic entity. New words are being created, and other words are being re-appropriated for other uses. There are times though that words do not always accurately evoke the sentiment that we are looking to express. This is where Emoji come in handy. Emoji are handled by the Unicode consortium. The latest release of Emoji are to be included with Unicode 9.0, which will be released on June 21st. It is almost a foregone conclusion that we will see the Emoji of Unicode 9.0 in iOS 10. It may not be in the first beta, but it will likely be in the 2nd or 3rd beta, and most definitely by the first public beta.

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Swift

I am thinking that Swift will be a giant portion of the conference. There are a couple of indications that this is the case. The first is that the WWDC site is full of Swift code. This is the first indication. The second is that Apple is preparing Swift 3 for release. Swift 3 is set to bring many new features to the language, including it being the last one to do any major code-breaking changes.

iOS

Apple’s biggest selling product, the iPhone, is supported by iOS. There haven’t been any rumors leaked as to what we will see with iOS, but here is what I think.

Naming

With this year’s WWDC, it will be the 10th release of iOS. If tradition were to continue, Apple may just name the release iOS 10. Alternatively, Apple could name it iOS X and start changing the numbering she me. However, the 10th release is a good time to change tact. Instead of continuing to use the same numbering scheme, it may be time to change to a code name instead. Apple could start using the same code name as OS X. Given that there are times that the feature of iOS work best with the corresponding release of OS X. This approach may just work best in the long run. Yes, it would require users to know the name of the OS installed on their iPhone, yet the version of the OS could still appear under Settings.

Audio

The audio on the iPad Pro is excellent. One of the areas where iOS lacks is in the audio arena. Currently on iOS you can only record audio, but not listen at the same time. This limitation makes it difficult to be able to do a podcast entirely on an iPad, or even an iPhone. I predict that Apple will announce the ability to not only listen, but also record simultaneously. If Apple does indeed add this, there will be many happy podcasters. Additionally, this would make it even easier for non-techies to create and edit their own podcasts.

tvOS

tvOS is Apple’s latest operating system, based on iOS. There are many features that could be added to tvOS. One that users have been asking about is the ability to allow developers to be able require a controller for their game. Currently, Apple does not allow this to occur. If Apple really does want to make the Apple TV viable as a gaming platform, the ability to require a controller is key. I think this will be an increase in the number of podcasts, with decent audio, being released; beyond what is happening now.

watchOS

watchOS has been around for just about 18 months. It was originally released in November of 2014 with the first release of Xcode with WatchKit. Last year at WWDC 2015, Apple unveiled watchOS, which allows developers to create applications that run natively on the watch.

I think there will be a slight improvement with watchOS. I think the biggest improvement will come with applications becoming faster. Some of the current speed issues is due to limitations in the hardware, but the applications do need to become faster.

The only other feature that I think we will see is the ability to create and use custom watch faces. Imagine that any company, or developer, could release a custom watch face that was able to look how one wants. It could allow for even more customization for the Apple Watch.

OS X

Along with the developer betas of iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 4, comes the oldest Apple operating system, OS X.

Naming

One of the rumors for OS X is that the name of the operating system will be changed from OS X to macOS. I did not originate this idea, but as I stated in my OS X post then:

On Episode 123 of The Talk Show with John Gruber Apple’s Vice President of Marketing, Phil Schiller, was asked about the casing of the various operating systems of Apple (iOS, tvOS, watchOS). Gruber asked why OS X was different. Schiller responded “give us time”. As Jason Snell of Six Colors has postulated “OS X will be renamed to macOS”. This is entirely possible and given the hints, it is likely to occur.

I think we will see this. Instead of being macOS 10.12, it will just be called macOS, without any numbering. If Apple is going for a cleaner look, this will definitely assist in that coming to fruition.

During the 3D Touch demo at the September 2015 event, “…Apple showed an email with three place names within it. These names are Manteca, Tehachapi, and Arroyo Grande”.

As mentioned above, iOS could utilize a codename instead of continuing the numbering that has been prevalent since its initial release. I think macOS and iOS codename will be “Arroyo Grande”.

Siri

There have been rumors that Siri will make its way onto the Mac. The rumors also state that Siri will replace spotlight. Siri will be able to do everything that is possible on iOS. In addition, Siri will be able to search users files, much like Spotlight can do now, except it can be done via voice.

With having a large battery, power conversation is less of a concern for the Mac, but it is still important. I think Siri will gain the ability to perform tasks via voice. For instance, you will be able to say “Siri, turn off the screen”, and the screen will turn off. Or something similar, like “Siri, open Tweetbot”, and the Tweetbot application will open.

Recap

Here is what I think we will see, in order of likelihood.

  • Some news about Swift 3.0.
  • New Emoji that are included in Unicode 9.0.
  • OS X will be renamed to macOS.
  • Siri will appear on the Mac, replacing Spotlight
  • Siri on the Mac will gain the ability to open applications.
  • iOS will get enhanced audio abilities that podcasters will like.
  • iOS and macOS will both use code names; that name will be Arroyo Grande.
  • Apple will allow developers to require controllers for tvOS games.
  • watchOS will get faster applications and customizable Watch faces.
  • New Hardware with the Mac Pro and Display

Regardless of what Apple does end up unveiling next week, I know I will be watching the keynote live. I will also be installed the iOS on my iPhone and my iPad, macOS on my iMac and my MacBook Pro, tvOS on my 4th Generation Apple TV. I will also be posting a recap of the event as well as how well my predictions did. So be sure to check in again next week.

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Apple October 2014 Event Predictions

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On October 11th, Apple announced their “It’s been way too long” event. Tomorrow is that event. You can watch it live at Apple.com at 10AM Pacific, or 26 hours from the time that this was posted. With that, I thought I would share my predictions for what we will see.

iPads

Just like with iPhones, new iPads have become a yearly occurrence. This year should not be any different.

iPad Air

I am thinking we will see an updated iPad Air that encompasses Touch ID, is slightly thinner, has the same A8 and M8 co-processors and incorporates the same 802.11AC wireless chipsets, along with the same Retina HD screen as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Right now, the iPad Air only comes in two colors, Black and White. It is possible that the new iPad Air may come in Silver, Gold and Space Gray, much in the same manner as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Outside of these slight improvements, there may not be much for the iPad Air.

iPad with Retina Display

This line is currently the 4th Generation iPad. My prediction is that this model will disappear and is replaced with the current iPad Air; all at the same price point.

iPad Mini

The iPad Mini was originally released in November of 2012 and received an update in 2013 with the introduction of the iPad Mini with Retina. It is my prediction that the iPad Mini will disappear and be replaced by the current iPad Mini with Retina. The new iPad Mini with Retina 2, will mimic the iPad Air, except that it will be smaller. The possible new features include Touch ID, a thinner form factor, 802.11AC wireless, and Retina HD Screen. The iPad Mini may also come in the same three colors, Silver, Gold, and Space Gray, as the other devices.

Apple TV

The current Apple TV was last released in March of 2012 and has not been appreciably updated since then. There was a slight upgrade called 3rd Generation Revision A. The only change The 3rd Generation Apple TV uses Apple’s A5 Chip. This is chip that was released with the 3rd Generation iPad, iPhone 4S, 5th Generation iPod Touch and original iPad Mini. The Apple TV presently supports 1080p playback. It is my prediction that Apple will release a new Apple TV, running an shrunken down A7 chip that supports 4K playback and 802.11AC wireless, and has Gigabit connectivity. I know that adding 4K playback is a stretch, but given the future capabilities of 4K, it is not inconceivable that Apple may introduce this. The 4K version of the Apple TV may be considered a new product, like the Apple TV Pro and may also be at an increased price point.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Every year Apple releases a new version of OS X, at least this has been the case since 2011 when Apple introduced Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. As I am writing this, OS X 10.10 Yosemite was at Golden Master 3. It is almost 100% certain that we will see the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It will almost certainly be a free upgrade for existing OS X users whom are running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Server

In a similar fashion to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, we will see OS X 10.10 Yosemite Server. Apple has had a habit of reducing the price of OS X Server. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server was $499 for the unlimited-client version, OS X 10.7 was $49.99, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9 Mavericks were both $19.99. I have a suspicion that Apple may reduce this to $9.99, or, as a bold move, make it entirely free. Honestly, I do not see Apple making it free, but it would be a nice change.

Macs

With a new version of OS X there are typically new Macs to go along with the new Operating System. Any new Mac purchases will likely have OS X 10.10 Yosemite on them.

MacBook Pro

The non-retina MacBook Pro has not seen an update since June 2012. It is possible that Apple would update this line, but it is not likely. This is the old MacBook Pro, and last model, that includes an optical drive built-in. This is legacy way of doing things, and once the sales diminish to a point where Apple does not think this is a viable option, they will kill off this model entirely. It may be this event where this occurs. I do not expect any update to this model.

MacBook Pro with Retina

I do not foresee the MacBook Pros with Retina receiving any update, besides having OS X 10.10 Yosemite installed by default. These just received a minor speed bump and a default memory increase and a price reduction in July. It is not impossible, but it is not likely at all.

MacBook Air

The MacBook Airs last saw an update in April of 2014. That’s about 6 Months ago. It is not likely that Apple would introduce a new model of MacBook Air. However, what Apple could do is increased the default memory from 4GB to 8GB. This would provide a minor refresh, but would not warrant a big model refresh.

Mac Mini

The Mac Mini is Apple’s entry-point Mac. It is the Mac that has been on the market, in its current configurations, the longest. The Mac Mini was last updated in October of 2012. It is definitely time to refresh the Mac Mini. The updates to the Mac Mini could be the default configuration of RAM at 8GB, 802.11AC wireless, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and Intel’s Haswell or Broadwell M chipsets.

Mac Pro

The top of the line Mac, the Mac Pro, will probably not see an update. The updated Mac Pro was unveiled at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June of 2013. It was released in late December of 2013. The Mac Pro does not follow any sort of typical pattern. The Mac Pro is a machine that is designed for professionals and a standard upgrade cycle does not apply.

iMac

The iMac received a “new model” in June. This model created a new low-end model. The model is a 21.5″ is running the same internals as the MacBook Air. The remaining 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs were updated in September 2013. The rumors swirling around the iMac is that the new iMac will have a Retina Display. This may be an exclusive option to the 27″ models. It is also possible that the Retina iMac is a new line entirely. The existing iMacs may not be updated at all. They already has all of the same updates that we may see in the MacBook Pro with Retina and Mac Minis.

27″ Retina Thunderbolt Display

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display was released in July of 2011. This has been the last update to it. One could argue that the Thunderbolt Display does not really need an update since it does serve its purpose of being a display. The current resolution of the 27″ Thunderbolt Display is 2560 by 1440. If a new Thunderbolt display was to be released, it would like be a 4K Model. Now, this poses some issues given that to push a Full 4K monitor at an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 3840 × 2160, you would need more than a Thunderbolt Display can handle with just one cable. Two cables could possibly support it, but none of Apple’s products, except the Mac Pro, have two direct Thunderbolt connections.

Final Thoughts

Overall I think the Apple Event will bring a bunch of new hardware and software. I am hoping that the Mac Mini and iPad Air are updated. These are almost guaranteed to occur. It is 100% likely that OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be released very very soon. I would expect to see a new iMac with Retina. If we do see any of these we will know tomorrow.

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Apple September 9th Predictions

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In case you are not aware, Apple is having an event on September 9th, 2014 beginning at 10AM Pacific Time/1PM Eastern/1700 UTC/1800 London Time. Typically, we would not know until the day of the event whether Apple would be live streaming the event or not. This time around, Apple has set up a page with a countdown. It can be viewed here. This link is also the link to the live stream. With the event a mere 4 days away now, there have been a plethora of rumors for what Apple will announce. Here are my thoughts about all of it.

  • iOS 8
  • We will definitely see iOS 8, and likely know the release date. My prediction is that iOS 8 will be available to all iPhone owners as of September 17th. If Apple’s patterns hold true, this will be the case. There has not been a developer update since early August. Apple has traditionally stopped providing updates for developers approximately one month prior to launch of an operating system.

  • 4.7″ iPhone 6
  • Yes, we will definitely see at least one new phone. Reportedly it will be a 4.7″ model. There have been enough part leaks, as well as a video of a fully assembled phone (from parts) that has booted and connects to iTunes. This is too much evidence to not have this be real.

  • 5.5″ iPhone 6
  • While this is possible, it would not be surprising to see Apple release a 5.5″ iPhone 6 as well. There has not been enough evidence to support this. But it is possible. The evidence in iOS 8 with Adaptive layouts points to this being likely.

  • Updated iPad Air
  • This is the latest rumors to be unveiled. It is possible that Apple will release an updated iPad Air. It will most likely have a Touch ID sensor built-in, as well as 802.11AC. Both of these seem quite plausible.

  • Update iPod Touch
  • It is not clear whether Apple will release an updated iPod Touch. The consensus is the iPod Touch will not get an update. This strikes me as a bit odd given that the iPod Touch last received an update in September of 2012. I predict that we will see an updated iPod Touch. It may not be running an A8 processor, but likely an A7, with Touch ID. The updated iPod Touch may carry a slightly higher price tag than the current A5-based iPod Touch, but I think we will see an updated iPod Touch.

  • Wearable
  • There have been plenty of people that are speculating as to what Apple will be doing in the realm of wearables. Nobody has seen any type of wearable prototype. This is to be expected. In the US there is a requirement of having both Federal Communication Commission (FCC) as well as U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for any type of wearable that transmits health information. If Apple is going to release a wearable, they would want to announce it before it can be leaked by either of these agencies. This would be a similar tactic that they used with the original iPhone. If Apple does unveil a wearable product, it will likely not be available until Spring 2015. Apple also did this in September 2006 when they unveiled their first Apple TV.

  • Apple TV
  • The Apple TV was last updated in March of 2012. While it is possible that the Apple TV will not see an update, it seems unlikely. Many have postulated that the Apple TV will become a gaming box. While this is definitely a possibility, the lack of storage seems to negate this possibility without an updated Apple TV. The only features currently missing from the Apple TV would be 4K output, at 60 Frames per second.

  • HomeKit Accessories
  • At their World Wide Developer Conference 2014 (WWDC) keynote, Apple announced a couple of new frameworks. One of them being HealthKit, and the other being HomeKit. HomeKit is for the “Internet of Things” that allows users to control the devices that are Internet-enabled with their iOS devices. HomeKit offers the ability to string actions together to have any HomeKit enabled accessories perform actions. Apple could release some new accessories, or a completely new line of products, that is able to work with HomeKit. Some examples could be light bulbs, microwaves, or even an actual television; which has also been rumored for a long time.

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • I do not think that we will see OS X Yosemite released at the September 9th event. While it may be mentioned in the context of items like Handoff, SMS and Phone Relay, and other Continuity features. However, if Apple follows the same patterns, OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be released in October. Any updates to existing Macs, like the Mac Mini or even the Retina iMacs, would most likely come at the same time.

Apple is holding their event at the Flint Center for performing arts in Cupertino. This has some significance for Apple. The original Mac, released in 1984, was unveiled last the Flint Center, as was the original iMac. It would make sense that Apple would release another “original” product at the same location. The Flint Center holds three times as many people as their typical venue, the Yerba Buena Center.

The last significant item regarding the location is that Apple is building a three-story large structure around the Flint Center’s statue. It is not known what the purpose of this building is, but we will find out on Tuesday. Below is a picture of the structure. Regardless of what Apple does have in store for us, be sure that it will not be a small affair and that it will be one to be sure to live stream.

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Picture via MacRumors

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Daily Run Down 05/08/2013: Morning Edition

Here is this morning’s Daily Run Down.

General News

International

Politics

Science/Space

Financial

Historical

Gaming

Law

Technology

Rumors

Software/Apps

London/Britain/UK

Personal

Odd

Funny

Total Number of stories: 42

Look for more news stories this evening.

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Daily Run Down 05/07/2013: Evening Edition

Here is this evening’s Daily Run Down.

Big News

Social

General News

International

Politics

Obits

Health

Science/Space

Financial

Historical

Gaming

Gadgets

Reviews

Law

Technology

Internet

Software/Apps

London/Britain/UK

Personal

Odd

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Funny

Chicagoland

Total Number of stories: 109

Look for more stories tomorrow.