What to expect from this year’s Developer Conference

Apple’s WWDC 2014: Rumour roundup and livestream

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) takes place today in San Francisco.

Here’s a roundup of some of the rumours that could be announced at the event:

iOS 8

There’s a strong chance that iOS 8 could be unveiled at WWDC. One of the biggest hints is that numerous photos have appeared on Twitter today showing the first event banners to be put up at the Moscone West venue – which have a giant ‘8’ on them.

It’s rumoured that iOS 8 will have a fitness app called Healthbook as well as improved Maps, Siri and iCloud support.

OS X 10.10

After OS X Mavericks was unveiled at last year’s event, it seems likely that the latest version will be shown off this year. OX 10.10 is rumoured to have greater connectivity between the desktop and mobile operating systems.

There has also been a few Twitter pics showing banners with an giant ‘X’ on them too.


A smartwatch has been one of the most talked about potential new products from Apple this year. One rumour indicates a band-like device with a curved screen.

It’s highly unlikely that such a big new product will launch at WWDC but there is a slight chance that there could be some updates to iOS that indicate wearable tech is on the way.

Will an iWatch even be announced at all? Read more about that in our opinion piece here.

Apple Smart Home

Home automation looks set to be the most likely new area that will feature as part of WWDC 2014. Apple has been tipped to announce its own software platform for the market, which will most likely let users control various devices around their homes using their iPhone or iPad.

iPhone 6

Again, this is highly unlikely, as Apple always has separate events for its iPhone and iPad ranges later on in the year, but you never know…

Watch the livestream

You won’t have to wait too long to find out though. This year’s WWDC will be livestreamed here. It kicks off at 10am Pacific time (6pm in the UK).

The specs for watching the livestream are as follows:

  • Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later
  • Safari on iOS 4.2 or later
  • Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later

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