WWDC to focus on OS X 10.10’s ‘end-to-end redesign,’ iOS 8 features pushed to iOS 8.1, new Apple TV still in the works, sources say

“Apple may be planning to give the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, 10.10, a larger presence than iOS 8 at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, according to sources with knowledge of the plans,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “Because OS X 10.10 will feature an end-to-end redesign, not dissimilar from the scope of the changes to the iPhone and iPad operating system with iOS 7 last year, Apple wants to heavily promote the new system to developers. Apple has also been allocating iOS user interface resources to OS X teams in order to finish up the new OS X design in time for WWDC, and 10.10 development is said to be ‘steaming forward.’ The new look will have similar toggle designs to iOS 7, sharper window corners, more defined icons across the system, and more white space than the current version.”

Gurman reports, “Over the past few months, I have reported that Apple is working on several different projects for consideration in iOS 8. The list includes a Healthbook application for aggregating various health statistics from App Store apps and third-party medical/fitness devices, an updated Maps app with public transit directions support, a standalone iTunes Radio application to boost usage, VoLTE calling support, TextEdit and Preview apps, and various enhancements across the system. While all of these features have been considered for iOS 8.0 and its launch later this year, sources are now saying that Apple has begun work on iOS 8.1, and that some of the notable features in the works for the first release of iOS 8 could potentially shift back to iOS 8.1.”

“Apple originally planned to introduce a new model of the Apple TV in the first half of 2014, but the product’s debut seems to have been pushed back,” Gurman reports. “Sources now indicate that new Apple TV set-top-box hardware as well a thorough revamp of the Apple TV’s iOS-based software are simultaneously in the works, but are not specifically tied together.”

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  1. Bottom line from this story – not much of anything coming. Just the over-hyped tweaking and minimal upgrades that most will never notice. Unless, that is, we get a more robust looking iOS – which will happen in small increments in order not to acknowledge the blunder of the sissification of all of Apple’s mobile devices. Oh, and notice that the AAPL surge is over as investors recognize the manipulation out of Cupertino is all hat and no cattle. Tim Cook darkness. It’s all there is.

    1. You’re wrong. There will be at least 200 more new and exciting things to put in advertisements, half of which will need to be turned off, because they invade our privacy or eat up battery power. Just think of all the new buttons and switches there will be in the accessibility settings. I especially like the part where they take the release notes and turn them into new exciting features.

    2. What’s happening right now with Apple’s stock is 100% (not 99.999%) due to profit takers. It has absolutely nothing to do with what Apple is, or has been, doing.

      Do I agree with what Apple has done financially lately? Absolutely not. Cook’s top three priorities include making Wall Street happy. Making Wall Street happy may even be his top priority in the past six months. Jobs would not have had making Wall Street happy in his top three. Maybe his top ten, but not his top three. Personally, I would not have included making Wall Street happy in my top ten. Maybe my top 25, but not top ten.

      Due to Cook’s (and the board’s) most recent actions, Wall Street will most likely come back around and the stock will continue to climb. What is happening today (and late yesterday) is purely due to profit takers. Some people and institutions are purely short term investors. They’re all about taking their money and running to the next big up tick. The past 36 hours have absolutely nothing to do with what Apple is doing or what Apple has done recently.

      1. A bit repetitive there, clearly no faith in your own statements. Fact is the shares needed a split for years and everyone expected it back before SJ died. It makes them much more flexible but hey some people are clearly never happy.

      2. What’s happening right now with Apple’s stock is 100% (not 99.999%) due to profit takers.

        Uh, how is that possible? Doesn’t profit taking drive stock prices down>? Profit taking involves selling. Clearly more people are buying the stock than selling it; that’s why the price is going up. Really, this is Stock Market 101.

        Now, there may be manipulation going on, but it sure as hell has nothing to do with profit taking.


  2. “Apple may be planning to give the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, 10.10, a larger presence than iOS 8 at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference,…”

    Wouldn’t it be kinda nice to have known this BEFORE shelling out $1600 for a ticket, or doesn’t it matter? I’ve never — and will probably never will get to go — been to WWDC. Is there enough for everyone, no matter if you are an OSX or iOS programmer, or is it better for iOS programmers when the focus is iOS and the OSX programmers when the focus is OSX?

      1. Well, that’s true :), but, like, was last year better for iOS developers and this year (maybe) better for OSX developers, or is there always enough to go around no matter what comes out of the The Big Presentation at the beginning?

    1. You are free to walk away from Gsnail, also free to walk away from here. Tthis is a Gaggle fail of implementing IMAP in non standards form for thier own gain, which means getting more sellable information from you, who is the product in thier portfolio that they sell. apple does not have to play that game

  3. The new look will have similar toggle designs to iOS 7, sharper window corners, more defined icons across the system, and more white space than the current version.

    Please tell me this is just another stupid rumor. What’s being described above is old versions of… *gag* …Windows.
    Gotta go!
    Gonna HURL!

    1. The more “white space” thing is what got me. Who the hell wants more white space in their GUI. The GUI should be as unobtrusive as possible. If it ends up looking like it was designed by teenaged girls (like iOS 7) I’m gonna puke too.

  4. “more white space than the current version.”
    This is worrisome .
    White js hard on the eyes!
    Not a suitable background/ border for pictures and icons etc.
    One of the biggest complaints about ios 7 is extensive use of white !

    Hope this is not true !!?

  5. 2001: “Argh! I hate this new OS X! Give me back my precious OS 9!”
    2014: “Argh! I hate this new version of OS X! Give me back my precious 10.9 look!”
    20XX: “Argh! I hate this new OS XI! Give me back my precious OS X!”

    I find it both amusing and sad that Mac fans, who embrace possibly the most forward-thinking tech company that has ever existed, don’t seem to react well to change.


    1. I don’t recall ANYONE wanting OS X to behave like or look like OS 9. I do recall wanting to keep it available to run legacy apps like games when they killed Rosetta. But iOS 7 was another ugly animal. I think most people were okay with the evolution of iOS’ look and feel until iOS7 which is really hard on the eyes, organizes information inefficiently, doesn’t prioritize interface elements like buttons, all for the sake of kicking Scott Forstall square in the balls.

      1. If you don’t remember all the melodrama surrounding the switchover from OS 9 to OS X, you weren’t browsing the right sites in 2001 and 2002. There was a small but loud group that went on and on about how Apple was “killing the Mac”. The website MacFixIt had a forum called “Mac OS X Talk” back then that was dominated by these people, so much so that the website got fed up after a year and changed the name of the forum.

        One of the arguments used against OS X back then was that the candy colors of the OS made it look too much like Windows 95, and so would drive Mac users to switch to Windows. (Seriously, I’m not making this up.)

        The same change-is-bad, why-can’t-I-just-keep-what-I’m-used-to mentality will now drive vocal opposition to whatever design change is announced at WWDC, no matter what it is. And I find that ironic, given that it was people with that mentality that went nuts with rage and grief when OS X was introduced in the first place.


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