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WWDC 2014 kicks off Apple's big year

WWDC 2014 kicks off Apple's big year
WWDC 2014 kicks off Apple's big year
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WWDC 2014 starts Apple's new products and surprises for this year, according to a June 2 report in BetaNews. WWDC stands for World Wide Developers Conference and is an annual gathering of Apple engineers and developers. WWDC begins with a keynote address at 1 p.m. (10 a.m. Pacific Time) on Monday, June 2.

During this keynote address at the WWDC 2014 it is expected that Apple will introduce iOS 8, the new operating system for iPhone 6 and the next iPad Air and iPad mini—as well as “Yosemite." “Yosemite” is the new version of OS X, the operating system for Macs. Leaks suggest that the format of “Yosemite” is going to be redesigned to look like the current iOS 7 and may include iOS features like “AirDrop."

Besides “Yosemite," otherwise known as OS X 10.10, Apple probably will show the new features in iOS 8 at WWDC 2014. Chief among these new features is probably an upgraded “Maps” application and a new addition called “Healthbook."

“Healthbook” is considered to be a repository of health and fitness information that iOS 8 receives from wearable devices, like Nike Fuelband. “Healthbook” will be able to provide you with health and fitness information ranging from distance walked to blood pressure and sugar level. “Healthbook” is thought to be a necessary precursor to Apple's “iWatch," which Apple may or may not also reveal at WWDC 2014.

Possibly included in the new iOS 8 may be an app that functions as a control center for home appliances, like thermostats, lights and security systems. Since Apple does not produce home appliances like these, it means that Apple will partner with companies that do make these devices.

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are also expected to make an appearance at WWDC 2014. Dr. Dre and Mr. Iovine are co-founders of Beats, a company that Apple recently purchased for three billion dollars.

Eddy Cue, Apple's Senior Vice President for Internet Software and Services, said that this year Apple will show “the best product pipeline in 25 years” and the first day of the rest of the year starts now. To see a video of WWDC 2014, you can download the free app “WWDC” from the App Store.