Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference commences from next month on June 10th, and the well-informed Jim Dalrymple has waded into the ongoing debate by casting his expectations on the forthcoming event. He suggests that, in terms of new hardware, we shouldn’t hold out any hope of a significant new iOS device, but we could see some alterations to the Mac line. As well as that, he goes into detail with regards to OS X and iOS, both of which will certainly be seeing new versions. Details can be found right after the break.
In all honesty, we’ve never really been under the impression that WWDC 2013 would bring a plethora of new hardware, and Dalrymple’s sentiments seem to echo this notion. But the Mac lineup range does usually see some refreshes at this time of the year, and although no details were mentioned in the post over at The Loop, one would imagine the MacBook ranges, along with perhaps the Mac mini, will be getting some attention.
OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 will be the two main topics of discussion, though, and although there has been a lot of discussion pertaining to a radical revamp of the latter, Dalyrmple doesn’t seem to think the changes to iOS will be as drastic as some are suggesting. Instead, he foresees a "modernization" similar to how OS X has been gently brought into the current era, leaving a much smoother, "less dramatic" overall impression on the user.
OS X, meanwhile, will see even stronger integration with iOS, closing ties to many of the mobile operating system’s services and features. Last year’s Mountain Lion was by far the biggest directive toward a more unified system across the board, bringing the likes of Reminders, iMessage and Notification Center right to the heart of the Mac.
In a sense, the talk of iOS 7 has detracted from the desktop OS, and as such, there has been very little coverage on what Apple has in store for OS X. But in saying that, it’s the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch firmware most in need of enhancement, and while Dalrymple doesn’t seem to think these changes will be as groundbreaking as is being portrayed, let’s hope there’s enough there to drown out the memories of the iOS 6 launch.