Apple will take the centerstage at WWDC 2014 on Monday, June 2, and will seemingly present its keynote addressing its developers. If rumors are to be believed, the Cupertino giant at WWDC will provide the first real glimpse of the iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad.
Apple Inc has made WWDC the launch pad for new iOS software for the past three years. In 2011, the company debuted iOS 5, followed by release of iPhone 4S in October. In the announcement of WWDC 2014, Apple said that it looked forward to showing developers “our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”
The event will be live-streamed by Apple, with the keynote apparently being aimed at developers and average consumers as well. iOS 8 will most likely make its first appearance on Monday through the medium of the keynote live-streamed at 10 AM PST.
Apple has made all new iOS software releases alongside new iPhone hardware. The rumor mill points to the release of iPhone 6 during the fall and that could point to an iOS 8 release date in that time frame.
The new iOS 8 is expected to come packed with a number of new features, including Healthbook app that mirrors the look of Passbook. HealthBook will apparently track a user’s health and fitness with multiple pieces of information in one place. The feature might connect to an iWatch or other accessories to measure health data. Apple’s iOS 8 update is rumored to include Microsoft Surface-like split-screen multitasking for iPad, allowing users to make use of two apps side-by-side, allowing for better interaction between the apps as well. This feature will reportedly be available for apps outside stock iOS apps.
Analyst believe that the Apple Inc could make iTunes Radio a standalone application with iOS 8. Apple recently purchased Beats for $3 billion but may go ahead with the purchase later this year, probably saving the standalone feature of iOS 8 for later.
Apple is reportedly planning VoLTE support for iOS 8, Voice over LTE. If Apple goes through with this, the quality of phone calls will be considerably improved. As per 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, iOS 8 will introduce transit directions to Apple’s Maps application. The iOS 8 is also expected to do away with the double notification window of the current notification center, thereby, fixing Apple’s notification system.
Despite the extent of rumors surrounding the release of iOS 8, the iOS 8 update may be similar to the iOS 7 update, similar look and feel as the current interface.