Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference from 8 June to 12 June in San Francisco, where it is expected to hold a keynote and make announcements that'll guide the schedule for the remainder of the week.
The company used past keynotes to preview new versions of iOS and OS X and unveil refreshes to varying product lineups. Pocket-lint will provide our usual coverage and analysis on everything that's announced this year.
If you're wondering what specifically might be in store, we've rounded up the rumours below and included information about the conference, how to attend, etc.
Where and how can you get WWDC 2015 tickets?
Apple is limiting WWDC 2015 registration to members of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program. You can learn more about how to join and membership fees here.
Apple allowed developers to register for tickets (via this site) until 17 April at 10 am PST. After the registration period closed, Apple conducted a random drawing to assign tickets. Developers received their tickets by 20 April.
At that time, their credit or debit card was charged $1,599 per ticket. There was also up to 350 "scholarships" available, giving students across the world the chance to get a free ticket. You can find more information on that here.
When is Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote?
Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote will kick off at 10 am PST on 8 June.
Will Apple live stream its keynote?
What might Apple announce during its keynote?
Apple tends to preview a new version of iOS during its keynote.
The purpose is not just to show consumers what's in the works in terms of iPhone and iPad software, but also to educate developers and give them enough time to plan updates for their apps. Apple typical releases major updates to iOS around autumn, so developers need the summer months to get their ducks in a row.
Apple delivers annual iOS updates, and the next major update will likely be called iOS 9. Don't expect a tonne of new features. According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to use iOS 9 as a software fix for several issues currently affecting iOS 8.
Engineers are reportedly putting a huge focus on addressing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system. We're assuming iOS 9 will include some new features, but it looks like Apple simply wants to perfect iOS with under-the-hood improvements and worry later about adding new tricks.
It looks like iOS 9 will come with some new features, such as a Spotlight-replacement called Proactive (but more on that below). Consumers will also be happy to hear Apple is reportedly trying to reduce the amount of storage needed to install new updates (again, more on that below).
HomeKit and Home app
Apple developed the HomeKit framework so it could simplify the current state of home automation. It's essentially a common language that smart devices from any manufacturer can understand and support. HomeKit also leverages Siri, Apple's voice assistance, letting you control smart devices with just your voice.
HomeKit technically debuted with iOS 8 last autumn, though it has yet to be activated or "launched" by Apple. Some early HomeKit partners, such as third-party accessory makers and manufacturers, have been taking advantage of this wait time to unveil new products that support HomeKit or update existing products.
Apple will allegedly unveil a new Apple TV with support for HomeKit (at WWDC), so you'll be able to control devices with teh set-top box. It's assumed HomeKit will simultaneously launch then.
For a long time there was no evidence to indicate a HomeKit app was in the works. It was thought to run in the background of iOS 8, controlling your smart devices either directly or indirectly via Siri and Geolocation.
9to5Mac has reported that Apple plans to let you manage HomeKit devices through a new iOS 9 app called Home. So, using either Siri through Apple TV or the Home app, you should be able to remotely control your home from iOS devices.
The Home app, which is thought to debut with iOS 9 at WWDC, will be basic in functionality: it can wirelessly discover and set up HomeKit devices and create a virtual representation of your home. Doing so will allow you to easily organise and connect HomeKit devices. The app can also use the Apple TV as a hub.
It also offers help tips for finding new HomeKit devices and apps. HomeKit will basically rely upon the new Home app to securely manage your smart home full of smart accessories and data.
Apple has confirmed it will make some HomeKit accessory announcements in June, and 9to5Mac said Apple is working on its own in-house HomeKit hardware as well.
READ: Apple HomeKit explained
OS X 10.11
Apple is expected to announce the next version of its desktop operating system - called OS X 10.11 - alongside iOS 9. Not much is known about the update at this point, but 9to5Mac suggested it will be like iOS 9 (or, rather, Snow Leopard) in that it will focus on fixes and stability and optimisation rather than new features or design improvements.
The last OS update for Macs, called OS X Yosemite, was announced and released to developers at WWDC 2014 and later released to consumers in October. Apple will probably stick to the same schedule. It'll also likely follow its California landmark-based naming scheme introduced with OS X Mavericks.
Yosemite, for instance, is a reference to the US national park.
Beats-like music streaming service
Apple might also use WWDC to debut a revamped version of the Beats music service it acquired last year. You can read every current rumour about that music service here, but here's a brief recap:
Apple bought Beats for $3 billion in 2014, and before the purchase was final, analysts began speculating that Apple was more interested in streaming music than Beats headphones. Apple likely thinks it can successfully tackle streaming by building a Spotify competitor.
Apple has reportedly decided to build a new streaming service, for instance, with features, functionality, and technology pulled from Beats Music. Bloomberg specifically claimed Beats Music will be retooled and re-launched this summer at WWDC with a new name.
The new service is expected to cost $9.99 a month for individuals or $14.99 a month as part of a family plan.
TV subscription streaming service
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is getting ready to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service this autumn. The report, which cited unnamed sources, claimed the service will cost between $30 to $40 per month and be available on iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV. It should debut at WWDC, ahead of a September launch in the US.
If all the latest rumours are true, Apple's TV streaming service will basically offer up a package of 25 bundled channels, with programming from CBS, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Discovery, etc. The service therefore sounds like it'll be similar to Sling TV or even PlayStation Vue.
You'll pay a monthly fee in order to watch certain channels anywhere.
Update: Re/code has now claimed that Apple won’t announce a subscription TV service at WWDC. The company even told network executives that the unveiling was postponed due licensing deals not being finalised in time. The report noted industry executives now predict Apple’s TV service will launch later this year or in 2016.
Refreshed Apple TV set-top box
It's been a long time since Apple refreshed its set-top box. And you know what that means...rumours galore.
From a dedicated Game Store and built-in TV tuner to Chromecast-like design and Airport Express functionality, several reports have claimed to know what the fourth-generation Apple TV will feature. Many reports have also suggested the new set-top box will finally debut at WWDC in June.
You can read years worth of rumours about the next Apple TV here, but the most credible reports have claimed it will provide access to Apple's upcoming TV subscription service, with support for Siri and an App Store for downloading apps and games. The new Apple TV is said to also feature Apple's A8 chip.
Other features include an internal storage increase and the ability to control HomeKit-enabled devices via voice.
Update: Apple has supposedly cancelled plans to launch a new Apple TV device at the annual developer conference, WWDC, next week, if the latest rumours are to be believed. According to "sources" talking to The New York Times, the set-top box, which was widely expected to make an appearance, now won’t be after all.
It's been long rumoured that a large-screened iPad Pro is in the works, and according to 9to5Mac, Apple wants to finally release its 12-inch iPad later this year. Apple might not even start manufacturing on the device until September, though. In the mean time, it's expected to unveil some software changes at WWDC.
9to5Mac claimed Apple is getting ready to unveil a split-screen mode that'll let users run multiple apps side-by-side, meaning apps will be able to take up a third, half, or two-thirds of the display or one app might be able to be open twice and run side-by-side. This feature should debut at WWDC.
Apple is also working on multi-user support, but that won't be ready for WWDC.
Apple Watch SDK
While speaking at the Code Conference, Apple's Jeff Williams confirmed that Apple will release a developer kit for Apple Watch while at WWDC. That will allow developers to write apps directly for the Apple Watch.
The SDK will also let fitness apps have access to the Watch's sensors and features, such as the digital crown. Williams said he expects these faster, native apps to launch sometime this autumn. Currently, Apple Watch uses third-party apps that run off the iPhone (the result is a sometimes slow and buggy experience).
Now that the SDK will soon be available however, we can expect a fluid, seamless experience from apps going forward.
The US has been able to use Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones since last October. We're hoping the company will make announcement about the payment system coming to the UK and select parts of Europe and Canada.
Apple has reportedly been in negotiations with UK banks, after all. It's also rumoured that a rewards scheme to incentivise customers to use Apple Pay will roll out at the event, according to The Telegraph.
READ: Apple Pay explained
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