WWDC Rumor Roundup: new Apple TV, revamped Beats Music and more

WWDC 2015

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 8 in San Francisco, California. The event will feature more than 100 technical sessions and hands-on labs for developers, the Apple Design Awards, and if the rumor mill is correct, a few big product announcements will be made during the opening WWDC keynote. Here's what Apple is expected to unveil during the conference.

Apple struggling to close music deal before WWDC, revamped Beats announcement still planned

Beat Music

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 Rumored to launch 4-inch iPhone 6c in Second Half of 2015

Apple will release three iPhone 6 models in the second half of 2015, according to the DigiTimes. Unnamed "industry sources" claim that Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone 6c model alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus later this year. All three models will come equipped with LTPS panels manufactured by Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display, NFC and Touch ID. The S-series models will also be powered by new A9 chips, while the smaller iPhone 6c will run on the same A8 chip found in the current iPhone 6 models, according to the report.


If true, the iPhone 6c will be the second iPhone released under Apple's "c" brand. The first was the iPhone 5c released in 2013. The DigiTimes' report makes no mention if the iPhone 6c will also be plastic like its predecessor, but it did mention that all new iPhone models "will come equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass".

Rumor: iPhone 6s to Feature 2GB of RAM and Apple SIM

Normally this time of year is filled with next-generation iPhone rumors, but anticipation for the Apple Watch has pushed interest in Apple's iPhone refresh to the back burner. The few "iPhone 6s" rumors that have surfaced have mostly come from AppleInsider, who today reported that the next iPhone will ship with 2GB of RAM and possibly a pre-installed Apple SIM.

iPhone 6s

A unnamed "reliable" source claims that the next-generation iPhone lineup will be upgraded from 1 gigabyte of RAM to 2 gigabytes. Apple fans had hoped that the larger iPhone 6 Plus would ship with more RAM when it was released in 2014, but Apple instead decided to expand the RAM embedded in the A8X chip found in the iPad Air 2. The last time the RAM of Apple's iPhone lineup was increased was in 2012 with the release of the iPhone 5.

Apple Automotive Project to 'Give Tesla a run for its money'

At least that's how one unnamed Apple employee feels, according to his email to BusinessInsider. He says that "Apple's latest project is too exciting to pass up," and he thinks "it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money." He also says that Tesla employees are leaving their company to join Apple because of it.

mysterious Apple car sightings

There has been a lot of speculation recently over what "it" may be, especially after the recent rash of Apple minivan sightings. The minivans are loaded with cameras and other equipment and have been spotted around the Bay Area, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Texas, New York and even Panama. This has fueled rumors



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