Last minute WWDC rumors: new iBeacon tech, smart home toolkit and more

By , Jun 1, 2014

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We’ve already given you a rundown of what to expect to see at Apple’s WWDC keynote. The event, which is in less than 12 hours now, is expected to bring about a redesigned OS X, and a familiar-looking iOS 8 with new apps and features.

But as usual, there are some last minute reports making the rounds regarding today’s big announcements. In addition to the above items, it’s now believed Apple could introduce new iBeacon features and a ‘smart home’ toolkit for developers…

From The New York Times’ Brian Chen:

Along with operating system updates for mobile and desktop machines, Apple plans to introducex a new health-tracking app at its annual developers’ conference on Monday, according to a person briefed on the product, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans were confidential. The app for mobile devices will track statistics for health or fitness, like a user’s footsteps, heart rate and sleep activity.

The health app will initially pull data from third-party fitness and health-monitoring hardware, the person said, but it will most likely be able to connect with a smart watch that Apple is widely expected to release this year.

In addition to confirming that the previously-reported Healthbook app will make an appearance during the keynote, Chen also reiterates a Financial Times scoop from last week claiming that Apple is going to dip its toe into the ‘smart home’ space.

While many smart appliances already exist, Apple could introduce tool kits for developers that would allow apps to more easily communicate with home appliances, which could make the connected home systems simpler to set up for consumers.

Separately, The Wall Street Journal reported last night that Apple also plans to unveil new iBeacon features. Apple unveiled the wireless tech— which allows for near-pinpoint geolocation—at last year’s WWDC keynote, and adoption has been good thus far.

Apple is expected to reveal more iBeacon plans at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco starting Monday, where it also intends to preview new versions of its iOS mobile-operating system and Mac OSX software. To promote iBeacon, Apple will place beacons throughout Moscone Center and offer sessions for developers on how to implement the technology.

The speculation will end at 10AM PST today, when Apple kicks off its WWDC keynote. The event will be streamed live, and we will be covering it here on iDB, reporting on all major announcements, and providing additional information and commentary.

Stay tuned!

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  • babiloe

    Since Facetime killed in 6.1 and lower in April 2014 due expired certification encryption, everyone need jumped into iOS 7 wagon. Hopefuly not killed again on iOS7 forcing upgrade to iOS 8.

    • Agru

      My gf has an iPod 4G and we FaceTime everyday with no probs.
      Nice verb “to FaceTime” lol

    • Ethan Humphrey

      Here, I will help you:
      Since FaceTime was killed in iOS 6.1 and below due to expired certification encryption in April 2014, everyone had to jump into the iOS 7 wagon. Hopefully it will not be killed in iOS 7 forcing us to upgrade to iOS 8.

    • Ethan Humphrey

      True, but iOS 7 was a big update with the redesign and that’s why people didn’t want to update. Jail breaking was another reason but the redesign was the biggest.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Only 10% (I think the figure might actually be less) didn’t update so they’re part of the minority for sure…

      • Palmer Paul

        And I believe that includes older devices (iP3GS, iPT4) that were not capable of upgrading to 7.x.

      • babiloe

        I still believe iOS 6 is faster on iphone 4

  • Sachin

    I really want apple to surprise us all. But deep down i have a feeling that it’s not gonna happen.
    I hope i am wrong. Lol

    • andy

      Yeah : i would like them to surprise us, plzzzz new interface and not rainbow style hehe

      • David Gitman

        Yeah lol

      • andy

        be funny if its even more worse :P

    • Sokrates

      “One more thing” ;)

    • Dan

      sadly Apple hasn’t surprised me in a long time. At least it doesn’t hurt so much when I decide to skip a generation.

      • Sokrates

        the more things get leaked, the harder it gets to surprise anyone.

      • diggitydang

        Although I agree with both of you, I think @DanBeau:disqus is just saying that Apple hasn’t really made that huge leap from one generation to the next, adding major features such as Siri, for example. I don’t think it has as much to do with the “surprise” element in the literal sense. Progression forward in each generation has been a bit slow, such that skipping a generation is actually not as hard as it might have been in the past.

      • Dan

        Exactly.

    • Bruno Deserto

      I have the same feeling. I hope we are wrong lol

  • Hippo

    Finally !

  • andy

    Where’s the leak, i remember last year idb tag 9to5mac leak ios 7 icons and homescreen 1 day before wwdc….. or is it well to unknown haha…?

    • Qasim

      That was some major update, this one would be just like it was when they released ios 6 after ios 5

      • andy

        Ah true

  • David Gitman

    OS X 10.10 leaks:

    • Ethan Humphrey

      Where did you get this from?

      • David Gitman

        Site called mac rumours

    • Jason Baroni

      If it were not these old icons and the wallpaper I would believe it.

      • 12345678

        True.

      • David Gitman

        Maybe not new ui ? Like ios

      • Jason Baroni

        Their new banner suggest a new default wallpaper, as always.

    • 12345678

      I don’t think Apple would make a control center because the toggles for wifi and bluetooth are already accessible in the menu bar

    • andy

      Lol bro no way :P the icons still looks da same hahahaa…..

  • Eni

    the european time of WWDC ?

    • Mario Britten

      7 pm here in Germany.

      • Eni

        thx :)

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If you go on the localised version of Apples website it should tell you…

      • Eni

        thn :)

  • Ian Leon

    It would be so cool if they let Dr.Dre be the keynote speaker.

    • andy

      True daatt :). damn 4 hours and 48 mins to go!

      • Ian Leon

        They actually had a phone call with dre! Close Enough!!!

  • enifome

    Hello any update??

  • Alvaro Estrada

    No

  • Alvaro Estrada

    Ios 7.1.2 just released :)

  • Arsanny Lintang

    when is WWDC anyway?

    • Creavite

      In about 4 hours

  • Agru

    You don’t have to say sorry, it isn’t mine either, and I was mocking myself!
    Anyway yes she ( well, I) did upgrade it, what i meant is you don’t have to update to 7.1 with a newer device, older ones are still able to FaceTime and jalibreakable on 6.1.6!
    Probably I didn’t understand your problem…

    • Agru

      Maybe i got it now.. You mean people who DIDN’T WANT to upgrade to 7 HAD TO! Well that’s right but come on ios 7 was released in september.. People had 8 months to update and jailbreak.. Ios 7 might be ugly but it is a better os globally

  • Eni

    thnx :)