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‘Twas The Night Before Apple WWDC 2015

June 7, 2015

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Apple will kick off this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference at 10:00 a.m. San Francisco time.

As usual in addition to Apple live stream1 of the Keynote, some sites will provide live coverage.

WWDC 2015 Live Stream

Apple’s own live blog
Warning, Autoplay!

Links will be added when they are made available (or if the author of this post is not slacking – ed).

There are a lot of expectations with regard to what apple would announce at WWDC. Remember, this is a developer event; so don’t expect introductions of new iPhone or iPad on Monday. In 2010 Apple introduced iPhone 4 at WWDC. Since then Apple introduced new iPhone on its own event in the September-October time.

To dispel (or fueled) some rumors on Apple products, firstnameatappledotcom, who claimed to be definitely not Phil Schiller, told me a few things on and off the record.

firstnameatappledotcom: “Seriously, you won’t tell anyone all the stuff I said OFF THE RECORD, will you?”

Certainly, because I want firstnameatappledotcom to keep his/her job at Apple.

firstnameatappledotcom: “Some of us really want to stick it to the Apple Rumor sites and call it iOS 8.5 instead of iOS 9.”

That’d be hilarious since both Tech Press and Community assume that the next iOS will be called iOS 9.

firstnameatappledotcom: “Rotate the 8 90° and we get iOS ∞. Forget iOS 9”

Just like the seemingly perpetual OS X (read: OS Ten)?
By the way, iOS 8.4 beta 3 was last released on May 11, 2015; iOS 8.4 Golden Master is likely to be released during WWDC week.

me: “What else do you feel like blabbing about?”

firstnameatappledotcom: “It is reckless to assume that Force Touch will be in the next iPhone and iPad.”

firstnameatappledotcom: “Just because Force Touch is in the Apple Watch and MacBooks, doesn’t mean it works well on the iPhone.”

I have thought about that. There are a lot of elements to deal with bringing feature such as Force Touch to a larger touch screen device. For sure the Tech Press, analysts and pundits ignore the challenges.

firstnameatappledotcom: “Some expect Apple Watch to have plethora of sensors, GPS module, cellular connectivity, etc. At the same time they want Apple Watch to be thin and have ultra long battery life. Seriously, you can’t have all those features with the current state of our technology.”

Apple Research & Development department are certainly looking into those features.

me: “I can think of one Apple Watch feature that is relatively easy to incorporate to iOS. I’d like to see iOS gaining “doodle” or “sketch” feature. From Apple Watch to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; vice versa.”

firstnameatappledotcom: “I can’t tell you on the record about unannounced features or products. One of the hardest parts is to figure out which features would be suitable for any products. Apple R&D comes out with tons of ideas for products, a lot of them didn’t even make it past prototype stage.”

I guess we’ll have to wait for WWDC 2015 Keynote to see what’s coming from Apple for the next 6 months.

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  1. Live streaming video requires Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later. ↩︎
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