Apple will kick off its WWDC keynote event at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at Moscone West convention center in San Francisco today. Live video streaming of the WWDC keynote event will be available on Apple’s website and Apple TV. Live streaming requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.
At this years keynote event we will see Apple introduce iOS 8 and OS X 10.10. iOS 8 is expected to focus on health and fitness with new Healthbook app, revamp iTunes Radio service with a standalone app and bring other improvements. Apple has shown interest in wearables and the CEO Tim Cook has referred to the wrist as an area of interest.
With Healthbook app Apple could be preparing for the introduction of new smart watch hardware later this year. iPhone 5S shipped with a dedicated M7 coprocessor designed specifically to measure motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. This allows the device to know when you’re walking, running, or even driving. Many third party apps available in the App Store have used the available developer API’s to enhance their fitness apps. It seems obvious that Apple would like to build a dedicated service and enter into the fitness category to pave way for its smart watch device.
OS X 10.10 expected to be called OS X 10.10 Yosemite is rumoured to revamp the user interface and bring even more compatibility with iOS features. Apple made OS X Mavericks a free update for all users and the company is expected to follow the same free “pricing” model for this years update.
Apple recently announced that they acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 Billion the announcement coming in just before WWDC gives some evidence of music related announcements during the live keynote event. Declining sales of iTunes music downloads and customers increasing adoption of streaming music service could result in Apple making iTunes Radio a standalone app and announce upcoming improvements to its streaming service.
In recent past Apple has focused on announcing only software updates during WWDC, however some rumours have pointed towards introduction of new Mac mini, iMac refresh and 8GB iPhone 5S. It is highly likely that Apple could update the hardware lineup with minor refreshes and not announce any new hardware during WWDC live keynote event.
Live video streaming of Apple’s WWDC keynote event will be available here and later a video podcast will available for download through iTunes. What are your expectations from this years event? Are you expecting any new hardware? Let us know what you think in the comments below.