In Depth: Apple in 2014: what to expect

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For Apple, every year is ‘magical’ and, undoubtedly, ‘fantastic’ – however it does appear like 2014 will measure up to the superlatives. Tim Cook vowed ‘outstanding brand-new hardware, software application and services’ into 2014 – so what can we anticipate to see coming from Cupertino?

What hot hardware should we see at WWDC? Included us as we pilot the canoe of information down the river of report.

1. iPhone 6

The just certainties in life are death, taxes and a yearly iPhone event. 2014’s one is likely to be a biggie, quite literally: even-numbered iPhones have the tendency to get new shapes, and reports of big-screened iPhone prototypes have actually been getting louder. We will be adding to our iPhone 6 rumor roundup throughout the year to assist sift small realities from the sand of speculation.

Could the iPhone 6 have a 3D sensing unit? Apple bought quite a few companies in 2013, and one of the most fascinating is Kinect developer PrimeSense. Its 3D noticing innovation can discover 3D objects, recognize motions as well as scan rooms so that when you go furnishings shopping, you can examine whether items will fit.

2. iPad Air 2

New iPads are another winner, with the next iPad Air most likely to deliver enhanced performance and most likely TouchID too. Among the most tantalising rumors is of an iPad Pro, a big-screened iPad that’d sit gladly in between the iPad Air and the MacBook Air. We reckon a 12.9-inch iPad would be a simple sell.

3. A better Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple’s TV set stays the stuff of rumor and speculation, however its Apple TV set-top box is due an upgrade and is most likely to go 64-bit in 2014 with the addition of Apple’s A7 processor. Troubles in getting broadcasters on board and the substantial distinctions in between different countries’ TELEVISION industries implies that TELEVISION is most likely to continue to be Tim Cook’s ‘pastime’ for a while longer.

4. Grown-up gaming

iOS 7’s support for games controllers is starting to thrive, with the first iPhone controllers striking the shelves in the nick of time for Christmas. More will follow, and we hope they take off: button-mashing is so much more fun than finger-tapping. The controllers likewise raise the tantalising possibility of linking to that A7 Apple TV, turning it into a quite effective little console.

5. iOS in the car

iOS car

Siri Eyes Free has not caused much enjoyment so far, but that may alter in 2014 as iOS in the car pertains to a display room near you. 18 car companies have actually revealed strategies to put Siri Eyes Free in their cars, consisting of BMW, GM, Mercedes, Audi. Honda, Volvo, Nissan and Ferrari. Ford, which has its own Microsoft-powered Sync, is noteworthy by its absence.

6. iOS 8: better maps and smarter Siri

ios 7

Studying Apple’s recent acquisitions offers some interesting clues about the future of iOS. While iOS 8 is unlikely to come with a dramatic visual overhaul so soon after iOS 7 scared the equines, the underlying tech might be getting much smarter and more useful. Apple has actually purchased public transport navigation services HopStop and Embark, business mapping firm Locationary and Google Now-esque personal assistant Hint, whose innovation creates customised agendas by scanning users’ e-mail. Who understands, we might even get some of the things on our desire list.

7. A brand new MacBook Pro

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, whose forecasts have been very reliable in the past, Apple is dealing with a brand name new MacBook Pro that harks back to the much-loved 12-inch Powerbook: it will have a twelve-inch Retina display and be thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air thanks to a new clamshell structure. Apparently it’s going to ‘redefine laptop computing’ much like the MacBook Air did.

8. A cheaper iMac

iMac

Could WWDC 2014 see a brand-new, less expensive iMac? Ming-Chi Kuo thinks so. Apple is not really immune from the worldwide slowdown in COMPUTER sales, and plugging the space in between the ₤ 499 Mac Mini and the ₤ 1,149 iMac can offer its bottom line a boost.

9. OS X 10.10

Details are firmly under covers, but web servers are already taping check outs from computers running the next version of OS X. The iOS-ification of OS X is likely to continue, with OS X and iOS remaining separate platforms however sharing information and features, and OS X’s feel and look might well get an iOS 7-style refresh too.

10. iWatch

iWatch

We do like the report mill: obviously the iWatch, a product presently made totally from desire lists and dreams, has been delayed to speed up development of the iPad Pro, which couldn’t exist either. Apple’s privacy seems holding, which recommends that an iWatch is not impending, however the inclusion of the activity-tracking M7 in the iPhone 5S shows that Apple’s strategies for wearable computing are not simply blog writers’ thrilled imaginings.