Apple s annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off later tonight, and there s already a lot of hype around what the iPhone maker is set to unveil. The conference takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and kicks off at 10:30PM IST. Here s how you will be able to follow the event live, but in the meantime, here are 10 things we expect Apple to unveil tonight. Also Read - Apple iPad 8th Gen review: A sweet “second” PCAlso Read - Apple to increase prices of apps, in-app purchases in India
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In addition to unveiling developer-centric stuff, Apple has also taken the stage to give a glimpse at the next iteration of its operating systems. This year is no different, and we can expect to see iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. Unlike the major overhaul we saw on iOS 7 and iOS 8, this year Apple is focusing on improving existing things.
With iOS 9, the company is focusing more on stability and performance improvements. Users not only had to contend with bugs, and a botched update, but the sheer size of the update resulted in sluggish uptake of iOS 8. This year, the company is focusing on bringing back the top-of-the-line user experience.
iOS 9 UI improvements and keyboard
Apple is also said to be brining in small interface changes to iOS 9, which includes tweaks to some app icons, as well as the San Francisco font borrowed from the Watch. But the font will be slightly rounder and optimized for larger displays. Apple could also unveil an improved keyboard for iPhones and iPads. One of the leaked designs show a visibly taller keyboard with a new color, and Apple also seems to have fixed the Shift key. Rather than just the change in color, it will now be much easier to decipher when the Shift Key is pressed.
Apple Maps transit direction
Apple s Maps is reportedly getting a big improvement that will help it compete with Google Maps. One of the new features being introduced is the transit direction mode. This essentially lets users navigate bus routes, subways, trains, and to the airport using Apple Maps. This feature will first be useable in select cities including San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Berlin, and Paris, and in China among others.
Another new feature expected on latest iteration of iOS is Proactive . As per reports, Proactive will get Siri Google Now-like prediction abilities. This new feature will reportedly take over Spotlight Search, which appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. With Proactive, when you search something the results will be shown in Google Now-like cards with information from Apps, Contacts, and Maps among others.
iPad split-screen mode
Alongside rumors of a large-screened iPad Pro, there were multiple reports about a split-screen mode. Per reports, Apple could be introducing this mode on iOS 9. As the name suggests, the feature lets users work on multiple apps at the same time, and also split the screen according to their need. While the feature has been designed with the rumored iPad Pro in mind, it could also work on the current generation iPads.
iPad multi-user mode
Additionally, the company is also expected to introduce multi-user mode for iPads. This will allow multiple users to use a single device without having to share the content. This could be something similar to how we use multi-login on Windows and OS X. This is another feature that is being introduced with the forthcoming iPad Pro in mind.
iOS 9 legacy support
Recent iOS updates tend to slow down older iPhones and iPads. But with iOS 9, Apple is said to be working with better legacy support, or in other words, iOS 9 won t slow down older iPhones and iPads.
OS X 10.11 stability and UI improvements
Along with iOS 9, Mac users will also be getting a glimpse at the latest version of OS X. As is the case with the last two updates, OS X 10.11 too could be named after a landmark in California. Like its mobile counterpart, the new Mac OS too is set to be focused on stability and performance improvements.
In terms of new features however, Apple could also be bringing its San Francisco font to the OS, as well as a new control center that will be accessible on the left edge.
There have been a lot of buzz around a new music streaming service from the Cupertino-based company ever since it bought Beats. As per reports, a Sony executive has all but confirmed that tonight we are set to see the new streaming service that will take on the likes of Pandora and Spotify. The service will be priced at $10 per month, and will give users access to curated music playlists.
Furthermore, Apple is also expected to bring in improvements to iTunes Radio. These improvements are said to include human-curated and human-hosted stations that will slot in alongside the algorithm-generated genre and artist stations.
The company is also looking at giving developers more access to the Apple Watch. In essence, the company is expected to announce native developer tools for the wearable. This will help developers create apps that will run on the Watch, instead of running on the iPhone and then beaming to the Watch s display via Bluetooth. Apple SVP of Operations Jeff Williams also recently confirmed that developers will have full access to the array of sensors on the Watch. This means the wearable will be able to track your run or any kind of motion for that matter, even when your phone is not in the pockets.
As mentioned above, WWDC 2015 kicks off at 10:30PM IST tonight, and here s how you can watch it live.