As you’ll almost certainly be aware of by now, Apple’s WWDC 2014 is set to begin on Monday, and all of this week, preparations have been made within the Moscone Center venue in San Francisco. A traditional location for WWDC and numerous other Apple events, the interiors of the exhibition hall have been decorated to welcome the siege of developers embarking upon next week’s event, and now, we’re catching our first glimpse of some iOS 8-related signage.

Given that new versions of iOS are always announced at WWDC, we presumed that this year’s Keynote would also divulge key details before the seeding of the inevitable first beta, and now, we have our confirmation that this will indeed be the case.

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Precisely what Apple will be packing into iOS 8 is not certain, but thanks to various reports, we have some idea as to what the new version of the Cupertino’s mobile software will contain. As well as a standalone iTunes Radio app, which will presumably help Apple’s streaming service to forge some kind of identity, we’re also expecting Tim Cook and Co. to take the wraps off Healthbook.

Set to borrow much of its design from the Passbook app first introduced with iOS 6, Healthbook will reportedly serve as iOS 8’s marquee feature, allowing users to measure heart rate, blood sugar level, and other aspects of health, as well as fitness, diet, and general wellbeing.

The word on the street is that iOS 8 Healthbook will also be heavily integrated into iWatch, Apple’s inaugural smartwatch effort. Although the wearable is unlikely to get any kind of mention next week, it may well hit the market around September time alongside the iPhone 6, and given how the release of every new version of iOS tends to coincide with that of a new iPhone, we’ll surely see some giveaway iWatch references in iOS 8’s numerous beta releases leading up to GM.

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We will, as ever, be covering next week’s event in its entirety, with dedicated updates on all of the announcements you need to know about. As well as iOS 8, there’s also the small matter of OS X 10.10, and with some unspecified hardware also said to be in the offing, we hope you’re as excited about the event as we are.

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