Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference is next month, which means big announcements from Apple. Historically, Apple has always announced the latest iterations of both iOS and OS X, including features and previews. Naturally, we expect this year to be no different with iOS 9 and OS 10.11. Apple has also been known to unveil new or refreshed products. For instance in 2013 we saw the new Mac Pro and in 2012 we saw updates to the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. This year however, the theme appears to be quality, as opposed to new and shiny.
WWDC 2015 Rumors
iOS 9 is widely expected to be a “stability” release. This means the update will be less “new feature” heavy and focus more on increasing the overall stabilization and optimization of iOS. This may be disappointing to some, as largely the appearance and functionality of the OS will remain the same, which leaves the release devoid of that new-and-amazing feeling. One small update that is expected with iOS 9 is the release of a streaming music service. It is unclear whether beats will be rebranded or if Apple will release a separate service. However, the app is expected to compete with services like Spotify or Pandora and to be priced at $9.99/month.
One of the more exciting updates to iOS 9 will be app multitasking. This feature would add the ability to run either multiple versions of the same app, or two separate apps simultaneously on iPads. Aside from multitasking, Apple Maps will also see a small update to include public transit directions as well as updated maps for large, popular buildings’ interiors. Lastly the overall security of iOS is expected to improve with new security for iCloud Drive and the addition of “Trusted Wi-Fi”.
Apple TV Due for a Refresh
A few months ago Apple dropped the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69. Additionally, after the drop, ship time for new Apple TV’s has slipped to 1-2 weeks from Apple, with many retailers running out of stock completely. This suggests that we may be in for a refresh of the aging hardware. The Apple TV has had the iPhone’s 4’s A4 processor for years now. It is a perfectly capable machine, but it’s dated hardware is likely holding it back.
The hardware is rumored to receive a complete refresh with a faster A8 processor and integration with Siri and the app store. HomeKit integration is expected, this in combination with Siri means we can say things like “Hey Siri, turn of the lights in the living room” and Siri via your Apple TV turns off your Phillips Hue bulbs. The future is now. Speaking of the future, cord cutters rejoice! Apple is expected to announce a new streaming TV service. With partners such as ABC and Fox, Apple will supposedly offer 25 streaming TV channels. This is in addition to the plethora of on demand content already offered through Apple TV.
iMonkeys does not repair Apple TV’s yet, but if they gain anymore traction, it may have to be an offering we soon entertain.