What to expect at Apple’s big WWDC event on Monday

“Apple’s keynote address, at 10 a.m. PT in San Francisco, will kick off its annual World Wide Developers Conference,” Heather Kelly reports for CNNMoney. “Be warned: There will probably be no shiny new hardware and no fresh gadgets on which to blow your allowance. Because this is an event for developers, Apple’s big announcements will focus on software like Siri, Apple Music and the operating system formerly known as OS X.”

“Apple is expected to finally shower Siri with attention, bringing the five-year-old feature to Macs and opening it up to third-party developers,” Kelly reports. “Siri will probably get some under-the-hood upgrades to improve how it understands and processes requests, making it more conversational and aware of context.”

“Apple is expected to give Apple Music a makeover, streamlining the app’s design. One possible area for improvement is Connect, a social networking tab for musicians and fans inside Apple Music,” Kelly reports. “Apple could announce upgrades to the Apple Watch operating system (watchOS) and Apple TV operating system (tvOS). Could they follow in Siri’s footsteps and get more third-party integrations? Perhaps Siri’s new openness will expand to the two devices.”

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MacDailyNews Take: MacOS. Please let it be (although we’ll settle for “macOS,” if we need to).

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  1. MacOS would be good. And please, don’t do 10.12. Please? That makes you look stupid to any educated person that’s taken 5th grade math. Just say 11.0. Or just 11. Let 10 die already. Don’t be like Microsoft.

    1. Hmm. It would be a fun mooning of Microsoft for Apple to skip on up to MacOS XI, or 11. There would be poor, flustered Microsoft stuck saying Windows 10 was the ‘last version’, whatever that’s supposed to mean, having entirely skipped the number 9.

      But I’m waiting for Apple to make a major revamp and investment in new technology before they go 11. It would be more like Microsoft if Apple moved to 11 and didn’t care that there wasn’t much of an OS tech change to speak of. Echoes of Vista.

    2. It’s a version numbering system, not the NUMBER system. A classification, not algebra.

      And as old as computer languages, btw. I was also a sort of math purist when I signed for a beginning programming course at my uni back in the ’60s. And when the first thing I confronted was X+1=X in a language statement (or something to that effect), I was so bugged by the “non-mathiness” of it all I dropped out of the course and never did learn to write code.

      Which I regret some to this day.

      That said, Apple can call it anything they want as long as they stay focused on what users need and not people like Ives and Ahrendt think is “beautiful” or “elegant,” and also, some functional products that focus on being that rather than making compromises to be fetish objects would be most welcome as well…

    3. Funny you use “educated” in your post, when you clearly are not. The period is not a decimal point, it’s a separator. It separates values that have different meanings. In a software versioning number system the separate values are used to determine differences in software releases.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_versioning

      When Apple moved to a completely new OS architecture they couldn’t start the versioning over because it would’ve confused a lot of people; version 1.0 is somehow greater than 9.2.2 !?!? So to signify the move to the new architecture, they froze the version at 10 and shifted major releases to the subsequent versioning position.

      This allowed them to break away from the old architecture, and still remain compatible with the versioning system they had in place. If they dropped the “10” now, it could very well break all software that checks for which version of the system is running.

  2. I don’t see why it was so hard to say “Ten” instead of the letter x.
    I’d love to see them say there was a Setting (on iOS) and a System Preference (on MacOS or OS X) that just said Show Ads with an on/off switch.

    1. It would be simpler for everyone if Apple just kept ads off their software altogether. You can’t be a premium product and then be so cheap that you need to hold your customers’ eyes hostage with annoying advertising. Shame on Apple for following Google.

    2. If you look at products, they all use the X, XE, XL.

      Such and such XL, Lexus RX. They are all designed to sound like Excel, Sex, Sexy and so on.

      Calling it TEN doesn’t give you the X factor.

    1. Agree with you completely on this thought. Developers like us also desire to see new HW which is the lifeblood to continuing sales. Apple HW has always sold the software, not the other way around.

      1. I would not say Always…
        FCP.. Logic Pro… GarageBand…to name a few…
        The whole ios app ecosys..
        These are examples of software driving hardware sales.

    2. They don’t normally do Hardware at these events. There’s always a bunch of excitement over potential pro hardware, but this is a software event and there’s usually disappointment when it doesn’t happen.

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  4. Tim Cook will have a minute of silence for the victims at The Pulse, but no word of condemnation of the homophobic murderer who was a Muslim reactionary.

  5. Maybe they will fix photos, (doesnt just work), the news app (stopped working properly on my phone – love how they hide the buttons), the new mac pro doesnt restart properly, and various other things that drive me crazy on any given day. Apple lost the idea of “it just works”.

    1. “It Just Works” was a claim easier made when were referring to discrete pieces of hardware like the Mac or the iPod, and when were talking only about the Mac. Simpler days. Now we have cloud services and multiple OSs enveloping all the hardware. The OS and apps don’t need to “just work,” they need to talk to one another, share and interact with many other devices. It’s exponentially more complex. We’d all love to have our devices “just work” but I think it is unfair to keep throwing that old tagline into the face of Apple. There is really no tech company that is doing a better job of integrating as many OSs, applications and hardware as is Apple. The grass may at time seem greener with other tech, but if you read some of their tech sites you will see angry and frustrated users too. There is NO tech at this time that “just works.” We are in a transition period where everyone is shifting from standalone apps and hardware to networked devices and SAS; and exploring new tech like wearables and VR. My advice is to reduce your expectations, or focus more on the positives. Otherwise you are in for a lot of disappointment.

      1. Oh, there’s plenty of tech today which DOES “just work”.

        Most automobiles, for example: they’re profoundly more complex than they were a couple of decades ago, yet require an order-of-magnitude less routine maintenance (which is what most consumers care about).

        Case in point: the last time that you went to do a 100+ mile trip, did you:

        * Check the oil level

        * Check the Antifreeze level

        * Check tire pressures

        * (yes, including the spare tire)

        * Check to see if the ball joints are dry & due for lubrication with the grease gun.

        …and so on. This was what Dad’s checklist used to look like back when a car with a “tight” engine would burn only one quart of oil per 1,000 miles, and oil changes were every 3K instead of every 10K-15K miles. Today, we just jump in our cars and go, with the expectation that a run of “only” 500 miles isn’t a big deal…because this modern tech DOES “just work”.

        1. Yeah, and auto tech is progressing at about 1/10 the speed of computer tech. The pace of change is the portable electronics space is just a bit more rapid. Besides, autos don’t “just work.” Batteries die, tire go flat, lights burn out, they still need regular servicing. I don’t know why you all post just to be contentious. My iPhone and Macs have been every bit, if not more, reliable and productive than of my autos. And I am very happy with my cars. But I’ve spent more on them for maintenance than I have for any of my Apple products.

          1. And there’s two ways to look at that: are automobiles being too conservative and moving too slow — or are personal computers suffering quality issues from moving too fast?

            The reality is probably some of both.

            However, part of the rationale for the conservatism in transportation’s business case is because cars are no longer a frivolous toy for the rich …

            … and YMMV, but my computers are no longer mere toys, but productivity tools, both in the Enterprise as well as at home. Most consumers TODAY aren’t geeks who want to go play under the hood to see if they installed the Apple ][ shift key modification correctly (yes, I’m dating myself).

            And on vehicles while stuff still does break down, the MTBF rates have continued to get better and better…my wife’s car is now 7 years old and we can’t ever recall replacing any headlight, for example. It might also still be on its original 12V battery too (I do need to go check!).

            Moving over to IT and my Apple products, my iOS devices have been pretty darn good … although the Engineering Supervisor who approved the design of their charging cords should be very embarrassed…he should have pushed back for more budget. My Macs have been generally good hardware too, but the software that runs on them has been in decline – – IMO, OS X’s ecosystem peaked back around 10.4 / 10.5 and has been sliding ever since.

            YMMV, of course, but I’m actually very seriously considering moving one of my Mac Pro’s over to Windows in the near future because the Trash Can sucks and isn’t compensated for by Apple’s remaining ecosystem for my workflows.

  6. I would like to see them fix Home Kit. It doesn’t “just work”.
    The part where an Apple TV functions as a bridge between your home devices and your remote devices on iOS does not work, or well for many.

    Also, why not extend Home Kit and other iOS only apps to the Mac?

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