Shruti DhapolaJun 03, 2014 07:00:05 IST
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Apple's WWDC conference is all set to begin today in a matter of hours. The keynote will start at 10.30 pm IST, and the event will be held at Moscone West Centre in San Francisco. We will be live-blogging the event.
Apple CEO Tim Cook will of course open the keynote. Senior VPs Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue, along with marketing head Phil Schiller are also expected to be a part of this keynote address, which will span all the announcements Apple is making. We know for sure that OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 will be announced at the event. Though of course they are only likely to be released in September for users to download.
We take a quick look at what is expected at this year's conference:
The rumoured Healthbook will probably be a part of the iOS 8 update, while there are other changes also expected under the hood. According to the 9to5Mac, iOS 8 could see the end of the Notification Center, while iMessage is also likely to get a revamp.
Apple is also believed to be working extensively on implementing changes to iCloud. These changes could be introduced later this year. Apple could bring song ID feature to iTunes in collaboration with Shazam, which will have some amount of cloud integration.
There are also rumours of the iPad being capable of running two apps at the same (the split-screen). However this feature seems unlikely for now.
OS X team is likely to be UI elements which are similar to iOS such as icons and radio buttons. The Verge has put out leaked screenshots of what the new version of OS X could have and it shows a Control Center pretty similar to what is there on iOS.
Hardware and smart homes
Apple's new rumoured hardware lineup for this edition of WWDC could also include non-Apple devices as well as the company is said to be preparing to show off its home automation system, which will be enabled through third-party devices built for that purpose and controlled using an iPhone.
A Financial Times report says that Apple is preparing to launch a software platform geared towards home automation, with iPhones and iPads being used to control lights, security systems, cooling and heating, and other appliances.
And while we are still speculating, there are rumours that suggest Apple could unveil a revamped Apple TV tonight.
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