I don’t usually talk about Apple. I don’t. But with their WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) just over the horizon, I thought it was worthwhile just to make a quick note of all the things we could be expected to see, based on analyst predictions and we have seen in past WWDCs.
First off, software. According to analyst Shaw Wu, this is what Apple is really hitting for this year, with a likely reveal of iOS 6. However, that’s not all that Apple is planning to reveal this year. According to blogging websites 9to5Mac and BGR, Apple is planning to radically change its Maps feature on all iOS devices, making the switch from Google’s mapping feature to its own unique one.
“From our understanding, it is internally developed and will be radically different and better than existing Maps from others,” Wu said. “We hear the key reason why [Apple] decided to do this is that it believes it can deliver a much better user experience in Maps, not to mention provide further differentiation for its mobile devices business.”
Then we get on to the camera enhancements. While the iDevices currently have Photo Stream that share photos via the iCloud, this feature is largely overshadowed by third-party applications like Instagram. Wu says that in this years’ WWDC, we can expect improvements to the system.
Finally, to hardware. According to Wu, all Mac computers will most likely be upgraded to Intel’s Ivy Bridge chipset, for superior quality and performance. These Macs should also follow the trend of recent iDevices by having Retina displays.
There is still one thing in my mind, no matter how improbable. Although I don’t think that there will be an announcement for the iPhone 5, it’s not like Apple hasn’t surprised us in the past.
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