“In a couple of weeks, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will hold its Worldwide Developers Conference (“WWDC”) from June 13th to June 17th,” Bill Maurer writes for Seeking Alpha. “While everyone is expecting the usual operating system upgrades, investors are looking for ways to get struggling product sales going again. While this year’s conference looks to be dominated by Apple’s growing services business, perhaps a surprise or two could get everyone excited.”
“There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about Apple opening up Siri and potentially preparing an Amazon Echo rival,” Maurer writes. “While it would be nice for additional Siri capabilities, consumers will be looking at the newest operating system for its battery life and storage size. Longer battery life would be a key reason for consumers to upgrade to the iPhone 7. I also believe the company should look at scaling back compatability as a way to drive upgrades.”
“A third version of the Watch’s operating system is expected at WWDC, but what about a second version of the actual product?,” Maurer writes. “That could be a surprise at this year’s event, if Apple announces a launch date that’s in the near future… The biggest surprise, however, would be if Apple finally launched its [Apple TV] streaming service that has been in the works for quite some time.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We suspect that Apple has a much more refined idea of what Apple Watch should be with a year+ of user data on hand. We expect some big doings with the next iteration of watchOS. As for Apple TV, a surprise announcement (or even – *gulp* – launch) of skinny bundles just might be the shot in the arm for which Apple’s share price is waiting.