WWDC 2013: what announcements can we expect from Apple?

by bold-lichterman

Updates to iOS and OS X, music streaming service, new Macs… What will be Tim Cook’s announcements tonight at the opening of the Apple Developer Conference?

The WWDC 2013 (Apple’s annual developer conference), long awaited by fans of the Apple brand, will take place today in the early evening. At 7 p.m. (French time), Tim Cook will take the stage to present the next new features from Apple. In 2012, the company benefited in particular from the WWDC to present his MacBook Pro with Retina display, and the novelties iOs 6. This year, what official announcements can we expect from the brand?

IRadio

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In recent weeks, rumors have been swelling on the web: Apple should launch its music streaming service, which the tech press was quick to name “IRadio” even before its official announcement.

After signing a contract with Universal Music and then Warner Music Group, Apple has just signed with Sony, according to All Things Digital. A contract that seems to arrive just in time, 3 days before WWDC.

Apple’s iRadio should be free, and generate revenue through advertising (audio and banners). The majors, for their part, will receive a percentage of these advertising revenues (10% for Sony).

iOS7: a clean version of iOS

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During the conference All Things Digital, which took place from May 28 to 30, Tim Cook confirmed that Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive is working on the new version of iOS, and that it will be unveiled today during WWDC.

The Apple OS could in particular have a more refined and minimalist design, and offer more touch gestures. iOS7 should also host AirDrop (file sharing service currently available on OS X), and natively offer the sending of files to Flickr and Vimeo.

OS X 10.9: a rapprochement with iOS

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The operating system should also see some updates: tabs could be added to the Finder, to make navigation more complete, and an improved full-screen mode should emerge.

Apple is also keen to accentuate the rapprochement between iOS and OS X. With this in mind, a taskbar dedicated to applications could make its appearance on OS X; the user would also have the possibility of putting these applications on standby, to improve the autonomy of his computer. Other rumors evoke the arrival of Apple Maps and Siri on OS X.

As with iOS7, the announcement of the launch of OS X 10.9 was confirmed by Tim Cook during his speech at the All Things Digital conference.

And the hardware?

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Tonight, no new Apple product should be presented. Last April, when the brand presented its financial results, Tim Cook announced that it would take until the fall, or even the year 2014, for new products to be announced.

However, some updates may be unveiled for Macs. The new devices should in particular be equipped with new generation Haswell chips, from the manufacturer Intel, and faster Wi-Fi chips. New Mac notebooks could also emerge.

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