This year Apple should wow us at WWDC. I mean 2014 is almost over. Ok, I’m reaching but come on. It’s at least half way over. What happen to that Apple wow factor? No wonder they went out of their way to the tune of $3 billion to bring Dr. Dre. into the fold. Maybe the Dr. can help get them their cool factor.
This year’s WorldWide Developer Conference is important for a few reasons for Apple. CEO Tim Cook has said that we would get new products in 2014. Not just new updates or revisions to old products but bonafide new product segments. That said, WWDC will of course focus iOS 8. However, this is not the venue where Apple will show off its new toys. Apple will launch new products later this year right before school starts or right before the holiday season. Don’t worry, there will still be lots of things to talk about at the WWDC.
Here is a rundown of what to expect:
- Apple will unveil iOS 8.
- Healthbook app
- A standalone iTunes Radio app [maybe with Beats?]
- Shazam for Siri
- New OSX
- New Safari
Here is a rundown of what might be there:
- iPad split screen [I say maybe on this one]
- Apple smart home platform
- MacBook Air with Retina
- Mac mini
- New Apple TV
What Not to Expect:
- A real Apple TV
- New iPhone
- Did I already say iPhone? Well that goes for a phablet too
- New iPad Air
- New iPad mini with Retina Display.
While everyone is waiting for the Apple TV or iWatch; Apple has quietly released CarPlay. Notice there is no “i” in the name of an Apple product. The last time Apple left out the famous “i” was because they had no choice. The Apple TV was going to be called iTV until the BBC put its foot dow. Apple announced the iOS Car initiative last year. Apple today with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will show off CarPlay this week.
CarPlay’s tagline is “smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.” It looks like an iPad mixed with Siri. You will need an iPhone connected to CarPlay at all times. Siri be your copilot for information and navigation. You will be able to use your contacts, make phone calls or listen to voice mails. Just like your other iDevices, Siri try to do what you tell it via voice commands.
CarPlay of course work s with Apple’s Maps for navigation. One wonders if you will be able to use all 3rd party apps on the CarPlay. Right very few are on the program. If not, I wonder how long before CarPlay gets jailbroken? I wonder this because Waze is so much better than Apple Maps or Google Maps. Will you be able to put on Netflix for the kids or Watch ESPN? These are the things we want to know.
Volvo is the first to show off CarPlay.… Read the rest