Get ready for a peek at changes for the iPhone and iPad.
Today, Apple kicks off its 25th
While Apple has introduced some hardware at WWDC -- most notably, early editions of the iPhone -- the past few years have focused on software, and analysts expect it to stay that way.
"This is a big year for Apple and hardware, but that's for the fall. WWDC is all about software," says
Munster expects Apple's long-rumored iWatch and a new iPhone to be unveiled in the fall, but what is shown in software now typically offers revealing hints on what may come later.
At WWDC, look for:
•iOS 8 preview. The mobile operating system had a controversial overhaul last year. Many users reported glitches. Some did not like the dramatic redesign. This year's changes are likely to be more modest.
A new emphasis, however, on wearable fitness and home automation is expected. Munster predicts a new "Healthbook" app that will tie together in one place the various apps for wearable trackers -- hinting perhaps at the aforementioned iWatch.
Apple is looking to do something similar with all the various smart-home apps that do such things as adjust lighting and open the front door.
"Apple wants to be the central hub," Munster says.
•Beats/music. This past week, Apple confirmed its
Last year's WWDC saw Apple preview iTunes Radio, a Pandora-like offering that didn't take off as well as expected.
One problem: Radio is part of the iTunes app; the website MacRumors expects iTunes Radio to be pushed out into its own separate app, to get more attention.
About 5,000 developers got tickets to the sold-out event, but Apple will be streaming the opening day presentation on its website, as well, starting at
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