Every year since the 1990s, Apple has held a Worldwide Developers Conference, a five-day-long event that invites developers to learn about Apple software from the experts. This year is no exception, and with a two-hour-long keynote set to kick off the event on 2 June, you can expect new software and hardware including iOS 8, OS X 10.10, new MacBooks, and maybe even an iWatch and an iPhone 6. Read on to find out the latest rumours about what Apple is planning to launch at WWDC 2014, and how plausible those rumours are.
When is WWDC 2014?
WWDC 2014 will run from 2 June to 6 June at San Francisco's Moscone West venue. It will start with a keynote at 10am on 2 June (that's 6pm to those of us in the UK), and we'll be covering the keynote live here at PC Advisor. Expect to see Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage, joined by fellow Apple executives, who'll be unveiling what's been going on behind the scenes at Apple.
"At this year's five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X, giving them the latest tools and technologies to continue creating the most innovative apps for the millions of iOS and Mac customers worldwide," said Apple in a press release announcing WWDC 2014.
"We look forward to sharing with [developers] our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps," Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, has said. That means the successor to iOS 7 (presumably iOS 8) and the successor to OS X 10.9 Mavericks (currently dubbed OS X 10.10) are pretty much guaranteed to be shown off during the keynote.
Intriguingly, Samsung has announced that it is hosting a health-focused event just days before Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote, on 28 May.
What to expect at WWDC 2014
Looking back at Apple's WWDC history, it's clear that we'll get new software from Apple as well as new hardware at this year's event. Apple used WWDC 2013 to unveil OS X 10.9 Mavericks, iOS 7, a new Mac Pro, a new MacBook Air, iTunes Radio and iWork for iCloud.
So what can we expect from Apple at WWDC 2014? Read on to find out.
WWDC keynote rumours: OS X 10.10
As mentioned above, the next version of Mac OS X, commonly referred to as OS X 10.10, is extremely likely to be previewed at WWDC 2014. Apple usually uses WWDC to show off new versions of software, which it then immediately releases as beta versions before releasing the software to the public in the following months. Rumour has it Apple design chief Jony Ive has got his hands on OS X 10.10, so it could take some inspiration from iOS 7.
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