Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is a week away, and the guy with the best sources is between jobs.
There will be no published WWDC round-up from Mark Gurman this year, neither at his old outlet (9to5Mac) or his new (Bloomberg).
But the one-man Apple scoop machine did spend 15 minutes with the New York Times‘ Farhad Manjoo Saturday doing what for four years (2012-2015) he did better than anyone: Spoil Apple’s biggest party of the year by spilling its secrets in advance.
The venue this year was a podcast—the Jay (Yarow) and Farhad Show. The audio is attached below.
- Sustaining improvements in what Apple will now be framing as four tentpole operating systems (iOS, MacOS, tvOS, watchOS), each with its own marketing thrust and software development kit (SDK).
- Major updates in apps—particularly Photos and Apple Music—but iTunes is still iTunes for the foreseeable future.
- A center-stage role for Siri, with a new icon on the Mac and an SDK to open it up to developers.
- Finally whispers—”nobody report this,” says Gurman—that Apple will introduce a way to send cash securely (and presumably invisibly) from one device to another via iMessage and Apple Pay
Below: the audio. The WWDC stuff starts at the 10:24 mark.
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