Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) gets underway on Monday, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most interesting WWDCs in years.
In the meantime, Apple has flung up what appears to be iOS 8-flavoured banners inside Moscone West, but don’t get your hopes up for split-screen multitasking next week.
The banner news is relayed by – surprise, surprise – 9to5mac, one of the most passionate Apple-focused publications out there. Y’know, alongside Mobot, haha! Ah, I crack me up.
In typical Cupertino fashion, the banner simply says “8” rather than blatantly promising “iOS 8” (nothing’s official until it’s official in the world of Apple), but I will eat Jan’s pant collection if the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS doesn’t make an appearance – that’s how sure I am.
Apple is tipped to unveil more than eight - EIGHT - 8 - devices in the near future, including the Retina MacBook Air, iPhone 6 x2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Pro, iWatch and an enhanced Apple TV thingy, but we seriously doubt they’ll all turn up next week, though we have been unofficially promised new hardware.
Another thing we probably won’t see is split-screen multitasking. It’s been rumoured for the iPad recently, as Apple’s tablet continues to take a ribbing from the likes of the Microsoft Surface, which boasts the ability to display – shock horror – two apps on the screen at one time.
However, New York Times guy, Brian Chen, tweets: “I've been told that the split-screen feature for iOS 8 isn't ready yet and won't be shown at WWDC. Still a work in progress.”
Full story on Monday. The primary WWDC 2014 keynote goes down at 10am California time, which is, like, 6pm here. Maybe.