WWDC 2014 preview

Apple's big showcase for new hardware and software is the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco that starts on Monday the 2nd of June. So what do we expect? Yosemite OS X anybody?

If you happen to be in San Francisco early on Monday morning, from about 4 AM onwards, you will spot a lot of people all walking in the direction of the Moscone Centre. The queue to get in to the building and to the front of the keynote presentation starts very, very early, but it is well worth it. We know, we've been there and got the t-shirts!

It was at the WWDC last year that we all got the first glimpse of the new Mac Pro and the famous line from Phil Schiller:

'Can't innovate anymore, my ass.'

 

So this year's WWDC has a lot to live up to. So what can we expect?

We can only guess from the information that has leaked out. Make sure you take a look at Apple's schedule that features a lot of sessions under wraps with temporary headings such as 'Shh, can't Tell You Yet' and 'Still Our Secret.' So lots of new stuff planned.

Photos are out there of the banners that indicate presentations of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (codename Syrah) with its rumoured visual refresh. Will the new version of OS X be called Yosemite? 

What won't be of much interest are the rumoured consumer fitness application Helpbook and the iWatch, unless of course we can control FCPX with it! New iPhone sizes sure, but our current ones in the office work fine.

We have to admit to being a home automation fan, with legacy X10 and new Z-Wave products bulging out of dimmer racks and deep pattress boxes. Controlling them all from an iPhone without having to use a third party app like Indigo would be very cool.

Back to the hardware, will we see a Mac Pro update? Possibly, but a retina 4K display would get us more excited and have our hands closer to pulling the the credit card out of the wallet. What has been hinted on the web are a few new iMac models at a lower price point. (Or not!)

So what about a Final Cut Pro X update? We can't see one being released this week unless the new OS X becomes available and certain features within the OS are needed for it to run correctly. That's not to say that we won't get a peek of it on stage or more words from Phil telling us what's in store for later on in the year.

Whatever is released, we will be glued to our Mac or Apple TV to watch the Keynote presentation. If you plan on watching the presentation on your Mac, just make sure you are running Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

The Keynote will start at 10am PDT, enjoy!