Apple does not have the key music deals it needs to launch its revamped Beats streaming service before the World Wide Developers Conference in June, according to Billboard, but 9to5Mac says an announcement will still be made at the event. A 9to5Mac source claims Apple will announce the improved streaming service at the June 8th WWDC keynote before the company releases new versions of its Music app, Beats and iTunes Radio as part of iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2.
Apple has scheduled its annual Worldwide Developers Conference for June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. The 26th annual event will feature more than 100 technical sessions so developers can "learn about the future of iOS and OS X," according to the press release. This year will also include the most live streamed events in the history of the conference.
“The App Store ignited an app ecosystem that is simply amazing, forever changing the lives of customers and creating millions of jobs worldwide,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create.”
Hot on the heels of Apple's HBO Now announcement comes a new report claiming Apple TV hardware will be refreshed this summer. The television world has been buzzing since Apple made an exclusive deal with HBO to stream its HBO Now service on Apple TV. Apple simultaneously dropped the price on its set top box device to $69, which is a $30 savings over the standard price.
Pointing to verbiage on Apple's website stating that Apple TV is "starting at $69", John Paczkowski expects a more expensive version to be announced at WWDC. Besides updated hardware the new Apple TV would include an app store, which requires an SDK and developers to create apps for the device.
The keynote presentation at this year's WWDC is only hours away, but this hasn't stopped ongoing speculation surrounding the event. New banners have gone up at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, all but confirming that iOS 8 will be the star of the show. The banner shows the number 8 in the same typeface used for iOS 7.
Yet another banner has Mac fans buzzing about the next release of OS X. Scenery from Yosemite National Park has sparked rumors that the next release will be named after the park. This fits the California-themed naming system Apple kicked off with Mavericks at last year's WWDC.
Apple's next keynote event will take place on Monday, June 2 at 10am Pacific time. Expectations of what the company plans to reveal have ranged from iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 to new Macs and even an iWatch. While nothing has been confirmed, anyone looking to watch the event can see it live streaming on iOS devices, Macs and PCs.
Leaks of iOS 8 screen shots have pointed towards some interesting possibilities, such as a Healthbook app and a mobile version of TextEdit coming to iPhones. While the iPhone 6 is not expected to make its debut at WWDC, the device could launch as early as September, which means another keynote will be coming soon.