Report: Apple Prepping iOS 8, New Mac OS X Version For WWDC

Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner, and reports indicate that fresh new goodies in store include a new version of Mac OS X (10.10), iOS 8, and new features for Apple TV.

According to 9to5 Mac, OS X 10.10 is a complete redesign with a new look not dissimilar to some of iOS 7’s aesthetic features, perhaps in an effort to keep the Apple product experience more uniform across multiple devices. Unnamed hardware updates will be coming to support the new OS X 10.10, and Apple will ship it all this autumn.

Apple WWDC 2014

iOS 8 promises many new features, but the release may have to be split into iOS 8 and a later iOS 8.1 due to some feature delays--which may have been caused by a reallocation of iOS people to work on OS X temporarily. Even so, we might get a peek at the whole lot at WWDC.

These features could include a “Healthbook” application, updated Maps, an iTunes Radio app, and more. Developing for iCloud will become simpler and more efficient, and Siri is reportedly getting a song identification feature.

Apple iMac

iOS 8 devices will run on a new A8 processor; this won’t be a huge change from the A7 chip, but it will offer slightly better performance and increased battery life. The iPhone it will be inside will be thinner than previous iPhones and offer a larger display.

A refreshed Apple TV is in the offing, and both its hardware and software are seeing updates. Perhaps more notably, Apple TV has become a priority for the company instead of being seen as a fun little side project. The update could bring support for Siri voice control and new types of apps.

Look for the above and more at WWDC.