What’s still ahead for 2014
WWDC may be over, but there’s more ahead for Apple this year. The company always holds an iPhone event in Sept/Oct and will likely announce other products as well. Here are some of the coolest products we expect from Apple later this year.
Apple just bought Beats Audio for $3 billion on Wednesday, and now everyone’s wondering what its plans are for the company’s music streaming app and iconic headphones. It’s unknown whether Apple will address its latest purchase, or simply let it lie for a while.
There’s a lot of speculation about Apple’s plans for the Beats Music app and how it will affect iTunes Radio. So far, it’s all just speculation, but hopefully we’ll hear more at WWDC. One thing we do know for sure, is that Jony Ive will take over for Robert Brunner as head of design on future Beats products.
Meanwhile, Apple TV has also been making headlines, with Tim Cook joking about the company’s $1 billion hobby. Although the video streaming set top box is due for an update, it’s unknown whether Apple will do so on Monday. Most reports indicate that Apple TV won’t make an appearance at WWDC, though.
Retina MacBook Air
Yet another piece of hardware that’s due any day now is the retina display MacBook Air. For months we’ve been hearing about this 12-inch beauty, but we haven’t seen hide nor hair of it. According to reports from manufacturers, the Retina MacBook Air should start shipping in the second half of 2014. Based on that timetable, the clock is ticking, but there’s no reason why the new Air has to arrive in June, as opposed to say, October.
The first rumors about the iPhone 6 surfaced back in 2013. At this point, we’ve seen so many concept designs, leaked images, and probable specs that we can’t even keep track of it all anymore. The consensus is that Apple will launch two different models of the iPhone 6, including a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version. The latest word on the street says the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will hit the market in August, while the 5.5-inch version will arrive in September. None of the estimates say anything about a June launch. We can only hope that Tim Cook gives us a teaser or something else to dream about until then.
Lastly, we have the infamous iWatch. The iWatch is kind of like big foot. A lot of people think it’s real, but no one has ever actually seen it. It will supposedly be round and health-focused like all the other smartwatches out there, but since it’s from Apple, it will probably be beautiful. Supply chain sources say that the iWatch could debut in July, August, or September – in other words, not on June 2.
Still, maybe Apple has a surprise or two up its sleeve and maybe, just maybe, one of them is the iWatch.
That’s all we think Apple may have in the pipeline this year, but you never know. With Apple, anything is possible.