What Would Developers Cherish
It’s nearly WWDC time, and as such, it’s time for list posts with everyone’s guesses about what’s to come.
What I find most fascinating about Apple is that so often one can pick out where they’re going by listening for the smallest clues in where they’ve been.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many clues.
Thus, there’s three places I’m paying attention, with varying degrees of excitement.
Remote View Controllers
Ole Begemann had a series of blog posts (first one here) last fall regarding a new technology that Apple was using in iOS. While I’m not sure we’ll see full-bore RVC support, I think we’ll see some sort of inter-app communication improvements.
Apple tends to stick with advancements in Intel’s CPU lineup, and Intel has just officially released their Haswell processor family. It stands to reason that we’ll see a refresh of the Notebook lineup–I think that’s a lock. I’ll even go so far as to say a new flavor of Retina MacBook will be announced.
“Flattened” iOS Look and Feel
There’s been a lot of discussion about the death of skeuomorphism and how Jony Ive is going to take over iOS. This is especially true now with the release of the WWDC app. However, given that Ive took over in late October, I’m skeptical we’ll see the sweeping changes the press is expecting. Further, as some have pointed out, Apple tends to be evolutionary not revolutionary when they’re improving existing products. I think we’ll see a basic refresh, but something that most will find underwhelming.
In short, I don’t know any more than anyone else, and as Marco has pointed out in the past, we’re running out of low-hanging fruit to pluck. There aren’t many things that annoy me about iOS, and things that do Apple isn’t likely to change.
The less we know, the more excited I get, as everything becomes a surprise.
The keynote should be a great show.