In addition to all those “impressive new products” we keep hearing about, Apple is also expected to release updated versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems this year. With Cupertino’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference quickly approaching we’re expecting to see both on display, but a new report from 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman suggests Apple could emphasize the upcoming OS X 10.10 update and save iOS 8 for later.
The news makes sense with OS X 10.10 is expected to be a pretty major update ushering in a new design, while iOS 8 will likely introduce a few new features but no massive changes. Gurman also has an excellent track record when it comes to breaking Apple news, so we’re inclined to believe him when he says the company is shifting resources from iOS design over to the OS X teams in an effort to finish the update ahead of WWDC.
Meanwhile, many of the new features expected to arrive with iOS 8 could apparently be pushed back to iOS 8.1, which is already under development according to Gurman’s sources. iOS 8 is expected to introduce the new Healthbook app, a standalone iTunes Radio app, an updated Maps with public transit directions, VoLTE support, and new TextEdit and Preview apps. Now it looks like some of these features won’t arrive until iOS 8.1 or later.
Finally, 9to5Mac notes that Apple is still working on the new Apple TV model, reportedly shifting tons of resources to the department to help complete its new software and hardware. The refreshed device was initially set to launch in the first half of 2014, but now it looks like the set-top box will be released alongside iOS 8.1, meaning it may not hit the market until late 2014 or even early next year. The next-generation Apple TV is expected to offer some sort of App Store access and support Siri-style voice commands.
With WWDC 2014 rapidly approaching we’re guessing Apple won’t make a any major announcements until the second half of 2014, but it looks like the company has some big moves planned for later this year. Hopefully we’ll see a new Apple TV released before the end of 2014, along with the long-rumored iWatch and the inevitable iPhone and iPad updates.