Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference begins Monday with the highly anticipated opening keynote. Apple will not only unveil redesigned versions of OS X and iOS, but are expected to reveal it’s new iRadio service and refresh its Mac lines. Apple enthusiasts look forward to WWDC because it is where Apple shows off its latest creations, but in the last few years, the event has been focused on software with hardware refreshes coming in the fall.
This year, WWDC is very important to Apple. Over the last year, Apple’s stock has suffered and sales have dropped. iOS is nearly six years old, and it is beginning to show its age. Rumors suggest iOS 7 will feature a flat design created by Apple’s design guru Jony Ive. Flat does appear to be the key to the design of iOS and OS X, but Apple needs something more to keep its cool factor. The latest iPhone is not expected to be introduced until September, but it, along with iOS 7, is going to need some new and creative features. I will not speculate on what that might be, but a finger print sensor for added security is rumored.
As for the Mac, the hardware has been updated in the last year with the new iMac and Retina MacBook Pros. OS X is very functional and I really like it, but its design has remained largely unchanged since Leopard was introduced in 2007. Like iOS, it is feeling dated. While there are not as many rumors surrounding OS X, it is not a stretch to suggest that OS X will receive a similarly flat UI. iOS and OS X share a number of programs, and skeuomorphism is present in both operating systems. Since OS X and iOS have begun to merge, the UI is likely to follow suit.
I am looking forward to Monday’s keynote address and the future of OS X and iOS. The tech world, perhaps the whole world, will be watching as the pressure is on Apple to step up its game.