On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to present new products at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Olivia Goldhill rounds up the rumours of what to expect from Apple now and next, from the predictable to the outlandish.
Rumour One: iOS 7
The new iPhone software is strongly tipped to be the major talking point of the conference. Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that Jony Ive has designed the latest iOS, which should see its biggest renovation so far. Sir Jony’s “flat” look is more stark, with a strong use of black and white and fewer heavy textures. Icons such as Notes (which currently looks like a yellow notepad) will lose their real-life feel for a simple image, with one distinct colour per app. There are also reports that iOS 7 will include file sharing without the need for Wi-Fi and easier multitasking, such as tabs.
Rumour Two: iRadio
The pressure is on Apple to come up with their own version of music streaming after Google unveiled its Google Play Music All Access last month. The field is crammed with key players such as Pandora and Spotify, and Apple wants to create their own music rental service which would work as an extension of iTunes. Apple is believed to have signed licensing deals with Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group and may well debut the service next week.
Rumour Three: Macbook Air upgrade and OS X
There are several reports of new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air products, with claims that the SKUSs (stock-keeping units) have been leaked and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good record of predicting Apple updates, expecting new versions of both computers to be released at WWDC. Power consumption will be reduced for both. The next MacBook Air is thought to have dual microphones and a 13” Retina MacBook Pro is expected to have a slimmer form and full HD camera. Mac software won’t be as radically different as the iOS 7 but rumours for OS X 10.9 include bringing Siri to Mac users and a new multi-tasking system.
Rumour Four: iWatch
We may not actually see iWatch until 2016 – if at all – but there have been rumours of an imminent release date with the publication of an Apple patent for a wearable computer that works as a strap bracelet. Russian newspaper Izvestia also reported that Apple has filed for a trademark on the term “iWatch” in Russia, so the company could launch the much-talked about watch sooner than originally expected.
Rumour Five: New iPads
The next generation of a 9.7 inch iPad will begin in July to August, according to industry website DigiTimes. Reports promise a slimmer product which is 20 per cent to 30 per cent lighter and similar in style to the iPad Mini. There’s not as much excitement over the iPad rumours as other gossip, but comments by Tim Cook have added credence to the story. In April he said in a press release: “We are pleased to report record March quarter revenue thanks to continued strong performance of iPhone and iPad. Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software and services, and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline.”