WWDC 2014 Predictions/Wishlist
WWDC starts tomorrow. Like last year, there’s an overall sense of mystery going in. We expect OS X to get redesigned, but we don’t know how far Apple will go. Last year no one guessed iOS 7 would diverge so fully from the past. Likewise, this year the argument goes that because OS X has windowed, overlapping applications, a complete change will be ugly until every app is updated to the new look. Surely, a change as drastic as iOS 7 won’t fly. Thing is, I don’t think Jony cares. And don’t call me Shirley. Are Mr. Ive and Mr. Cook going to let third party developer resentment hold them back from their “ideal” Mac OS? Nope.
Let’s get down to predictions. Here’s what I expect to be announced tomororow:
- OS X 10.10
- “Yosemite”: I’d like to thank Apple for going with a place we recognize and a name without an awkward non-plural ‘s’.
- New interface, full-Jony: I think it’ll be drastic, on the scale of change iOS 7 was from iOS 6. Apple’s not afraid.
- AirDrop to iOS: I’ve been emailing photos to myself for far too long.
- Notifications from your iOS device (which was announced last year for Mavericks but never shipped)
- Control Center
- iOS 8
- Healthbook: I have a lot of questions about this, chiefly will it work on iPhone 5/5C?
- AirDrop to OS X: I’ve been emailing photos to my- ah fuck it.
- Refined interface
- New wallpapers: why not?
- Same Safari icon
- Better “Open In” system for inter-app communication: I also think we might see an extension of the “photo picker” interface for more types of files.
- Transit directions (via HopStop acquisition)
- “Made for iPhone” program extends to home electronics (thermostats, etc.)
- No more “Missed” tab in Notification Center
- iTunes Radio app: this rumor has come up enough times that I believe it, even if I don’t see the reason for it at all.
- None of that paper texture shit in Notes or Reminders
- Shazam integration with Siri
- MagSafe 31
Here are three things you might have heard rumored but I don’t expect to hear about tomorrow:
- An iWatch: save it for the fall.
- 12” retina MacBook Air2
- Split-screen multitasking in iOS 8
Finally, here are the things I’m crossing my fingers for (but aren’t likely):
- iOS 8
- Swype-style keyboard: I used Swype years ago when I had an Android phone, but it is unquestionably better than poking each letter. It’s faster and more accurate. I think this kind of input is in-line with many of iOS 7’s design philosophies, and it’d be awesome if Apple copied it.
- Apple TV
- Beats Music channel: this one’s more of an expectation than a wish, but tomorrow is probably too soon.
- A new box with an A7 chip and 16 GB+ storage
- Bluetooth LE remote
- New system software (or a beta) with iOS 7/8-style design: how hard was it to update Apple TV’s skin to match iOS 7? The fact that it hasn’t happened already leads me to believe something big is coming. One thing I’d really love is the ability to keep watching something while browsing other channels. Cable figured this out years ago.
- An SDK: it’s overdue.
- Some new accessory that’ll work with the Macs or iPhone I already own so I can buy new Apple products, because I’ve been in a bit of a drought since I got my iPhone 5/5S dock. Maybe an 802.11ac AirPort Express?
That’s all I got. I think there will be more, maybe something new about the Beats acquisition, and hopefully new hardware, but I really don’t know. I don’t think anybody does, and that’s great. Last year’s WWDC was the most exciting Apple keynote since January 2010. I love not knowing.
For fun, I’ll be liveblogging the keynote this year. No, I won’t be in San Francisco but I’ll be on my couch in front of my Apple TV pretending I’m in San Francisco, and really that’s almost as good. That’ll go up tomorrow a few hours before the keynote starts, so if you’re around you can tune in.