Monday is the kickoff for the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. It’s no secret that new versions of iOS and OS X will be on-tap for developers. Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing says, “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps.”
This year, everyone seems to be buzzing about flat design. After years of rounded corners, dimensionality, reflective surfaces, and fugly skeuomorphism (Find My Friends, Game Center & Calendar, I’m talking about you—and so is everyone else) it seems clear that Apple design guru Jony Ive is going in a different direction. There’s even a cool interactive iOS7 concept design you can play with online. Is this the future of iOS? In a couple of days, we’ll find out.
Like any Apple event, WWDC also keeps the rumor mill spinning, and just about everyone has opinions on what else they’d like to see. Over at CNET, there’s a pretty extensive list of possibilities, including a MacBook refresh and the long-rumored music streaming service. Our bets are on the predictions from The Unofficial Apple Weblog. The TUAW crew is usually right on the money—and they’ve also got an extensive list of the ridiculous claims from Apple analysts. The Verge also features a great WWDC preview that’s worth a read.
If you didn’t score a ticket to the big event this year, don’t fret. Every tech site in the universe will be liveblogging, and Apple will eventually have the keynote up on their site. Where and however you manage to watch, don’t forget your game card for MacFormat’s WWDC 2013 Drinking Game.by