WWDC 2014: Don't expect an iWatch or the long-rumored Apple TV

With WWDC just around the corner, expect a slew of software changes, but no hardware announcements.

With WWDC just under a month away, the rumor mill is about to go into full throttle. But before you get too excited, you should be aware that Apple will likely not introduce any game-changing hardware, or any hardware at all for that matter, at this year's developer conference.

While Apple has historically used WWDC to announce new iPhones, Apple's annual developer conference has gotten back to its roots, so to speak, and has typically focused on software as of late.

That being the case, John Paczkowski over at Re/Code reported last week that Apple at this year's WWDC event will not announce a new Apple TV, nor will it announce a new wearable device.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell Code/red that Tim Cook will not use WWDC to unveil Apple’s mythical wearable device. Nor will he use it to show off a new Apple TV, or even preview the new software the company is developing for it.

This, of course, makes a whole lot of sense. With iOS 8 and the successor to OS X Mavericks just around the corner, the company already has a lot on its plate. With iOS 7 being largely about aesthetic changes, we can only imagine that iOS 8 will feature some more drastic under-the-hood improvements. The next iteration of OS X will also reportedly house a number of significant changes.

What's more, should Apple announce a new product category sometime this fall, it only stands to reason that the company would give such an announcement an event entirely for itself.

So, what can we expect from OS X 10.10?

Well, Mark Gurman wrote last week that OS X 10.10 will borrow a few interface cues from iOS 7.

The new look will have similar toggle designs to iOS 7, sharper window corners, more defined icons across the system, and more white space than the current version. However, OS X characteristics like the Finder, multi-window multitasking, and Mission Control will not disappear in favor of a more iOS-like experience.

Thank goodness. While iOS 7 has its advantages, blindly incorporating features that were designed for a mobile device into a desktop OS is just asking for a poor user experience.

As for iOS 8, we can only hope to see a Maps app with built-in transit directions. Also of note is a recent report from Bloomberg relaying that Apple has partnered with Shazam to incorporate song recognition functionality right into Siri.

With respect to a revamped Apple TV, that has been a rumor long in the mix. It really does seem, though, that this is the year Apple's long favorite "hobby" will see a significant upgrade. Indeed, Gurman adds that the next-gen Apple TV may include support for apps and Siri-based voice commands.

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