Here’s a few of the rumors we’re likely to see with iOS 8 at WWDC:
- Updated Music app with the ability to play 24bit audio tracks.
- New ear pods to listen to the enhanced audio.
- New lightning connector. Source: BGR
- Multi-tasking on the iPad. Source: Multiple
- Healthbook – a new take on Passbook for health related apps. Source: Multiple
- Addition of Preview app for PDF files. Source: Multiple
- Addition of TextEdit app for text files. Source: Multiple
- Tips app that provides tips on how to use the OS. Source: Multiple
- Shazam support for Siri. Source: Multiple
- Redesigned notifications with only two tabs instead of three. Source: Multiple
- Wireless version of CarPlay. Source: Multiple
Out of the 11 items above I seriously doubt we’ll see six, seven and eight. They just don’t seem to make sense on iOS. I also highly doubt we’ll see number one right now. It might be something that’s released in September, but not now. Ditto for number two. Number three strikes me the strangest of the group. The cable is only two years old, I doubt they will make any changes to it. If they do I bet they will make the cables more robust, or modify the connector so that it is less likely to degrade. There have been reports that people have been having issues with the contacts on the lighting connectors failing.
With those out of the way let’s discuss what will probably happen.
Number 4 might happen. It seems like a good transition from the PC era to the post-pc era. If the iPad is truly a replacement for the PC then it will need to have some form of multi-tasking.
Number 5 is also likely to happen, but it may not be announced at WWDC. More likely than not it will be announced when Apple unveils the iWatch, or whatever they’re going to call it. I will also go on record as stating that the iWatch is actually the next generation of the Nike Fuelband. I believe that Apple and Nike have come to an agreement and Nike will be the de facto fitness division for Apple.
The Shazam integration with Siri also seems to make sense. It fits with the other types of integrations we’ve seen to date with Siri. Instead of an open api we have vetted partners that agree to integrate with the service. This controls the experience and in Apple’s opinion creates a better experience.
The redesigned notifications center also makes sense if for no other reason than the fact that no one understand the difference between the three tabs that are currently present. We have the Today tab that tells me my appointments, stocks and weather. We have the All tab that shows me my notifications and what I missed. We have the Missed tab that usually shows me nothing because I already saw the notification somewhere else. (most likely on the All tab). I for one think this will be a welcome change.
Finally there’s the wireless version of CarPlay. I just recently got a new Ford Focus that has Bluetooth and I believe that the ability to wirelessly integrate with a smartphone in the car is Genius. I do have two small caveats with it though. The first is that current track information is not sent via bluetooth. I assume this is something that CarPlay would address. Secondly when you’re connected to the car wirelessly then you’re not charging your phone. That’s fine for short trips, but it’s lousy when you’re going on vacation and you have an eight hour drive. That remains the one advantage of wired access. Your device is being charged while you use it.
So, just to recap here are the things we will likely see at WWDC. I believe the following will be shown or hinted at:
4. Multi-tasking on the iPad.
5. Healthbook – a new take on Passbook for health related apps.
9. Shazam support for Siri. Source: Multiple
10. Redesigned notifications with only two tabs instead of three. Source: Multiple
11. Wireless version of CarPlay. Source: Multiple