What I would like to see at the WWDC 2012 – A list from a MacFag.

14 13.May.2012
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WWDC is a yearly conference where Apple show the world a bunch of new products and updates it’s been working on. Even if you’re not a fan of apple products, it’s always good to have an eye on the competition. There is no doubt, that they have a huge reach, and greatly effect the industries they’re in.

iOS 6

C3 Mapping on iOS

C3 Mapping on iOS

Hopefully they’ll open up a beta test for us developers, so we can get our fingers on these amazing new products. Here are some of the things I would like to see.

  • Siri’s location services opened up in more countries, specificly the UK, mostly because I don’t care where Carrefour is. It would be ace to be able to say “Remind me when I get to Waitrose to pick up some fois gras”, I’m always forgetting it and having to buy dog food instead.
  • Siri’s APIs being opened up to devs. There are so many possible things people can do with it. Imagine being able to tell it “Send a skype message to Rosie to tell her SHUT UP, IDIOT”. And it just being able to do it.
  • Some kind of widgets would be amazing, or some kind of smarter icon. Sure, you’ve got a little numerical on some of them, but they haven’t changed since it started. I’d love something more here.
  • Open up the ‘notification bar’ API so developers can make widgets beyond the basic Stocks and Weather ones.
  • Apple have gone on a spending spree over the last few years, with mapping technologies. They have something lined up that creates photo-realistic 3D models of cities. Can say say ‘bye bye’ to Google Maps?
  • Maybe possibly some kind of real mutl-tasking for the iPad, so you could have a webpage open on the left and twitter on the right

iPhone 5

Smaller Dock Connector.

Smaller Dock Connector.


Longer 4 inch screen.

Longer 4 inch screen.


Thinner too.

Thinner too.

I doubt we’ll see the iPhone 5 at WWDC, but we might do. Whatever happens, iOS would give us a few clues what direction they’ll be going in. There are rumours that there is going to be a larger screen, upping the 3.5” to 4”. This was my most wanted feature last year, and apparently this is what Jobs was working on before he passed away. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, because suddenly the aspect ratio will change, which is a challenge for developers. I can’t imagine too much that they’ll be a camera increase this year, they’ve pretty much perfected it, same with a memory increase. No doubt though we’ll be seeing the A6 processor, seen in the ‘New iPad’ or the A5X seen in the latest model of the ‘new iPad 2’. With the new mapping technologies up above, there is the potential for turn-by-turn based navigation, in which case, TomTom would be in trouble. It would be a natural conclusion to give it an ‘LTE’ cell chip, which is true ‘4G’, and it would be the push the UK needs in order to adopt this technology. There are rumours as well for a smaller Dock Connecter, that’s the USB cable.

Apple Telly

Artist's impression - iTV (the apple one, not the uk broadcaster).

Artist's impression - iTV (the apple one, not the uk broadcaster).

Maybe possibly donno on this one. Apple have been working on a telly for a long time now, maybe we’ll see some evidence of this though.

Laptops

We might see some new laptop goodies this year too, such as the Air being a good replacement for the Macbook (non-pro) on a financial level. There is also talk of an optical-drive less Macbook Pro. It’s not like you need one these days, although this would seriously piss off those who, erm, you know… still use them.

7” ‘budget’ iPad

If they’re changing the screen aspect ratio this year, and allowing variations on it, then there is no reason not to have a 7” budget level iPad to take on the Kindle.

NEXT DAY UPDATE

A new rumour has emerged that a new Macbook pro would be announced without an optical drive or ethernet port, but having USB3, Ivy Bridge Proccessors AND….. RETINA DISPLAYS. That would totally rock, price depending, that seems like the kind of thing that would get me to upgrade. There are also some amazing knock-ups by mashable.com that look stunning.

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