Tim Cook & Co. are preparing the launch pad for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 with the announcement that Apple will be live streaming the ceremonious unveiling of its latest software advancements on June 2, via Safari on Apple devices and on the company’s $99 / €109 set-top box, the Apple TV.
On its Events site, Apple is featuring a colorful WWDC14 banner with the message “Watch the keynote live. Starting at 10am PDT on June 2.” The news is undoubtedly welcomed by Apple fanatics worldwide, as the Cupertino giant doesn’t always live-stream these special events.
To watch the keynote address delivered by CEO Tim Cook and his troops, interested parties will require an Apple device with the built-in Safari web browser. Any Mac with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will do, and any iPhone/iPod touch/iPad running at least iOS 4.2 is also supported. Apple TV owners can live-stream the show as well. Their minimum requirement is Software Update 5.0.2 (first-generation devices are not supported).
The company announced the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 edition early last month, noting that “At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X, giving them the latest tools and technologies to continue creating the most innovative apps for the millions of iOS and Mac customers worldwide.”
According to people familiar with Apple’s plans, the showcase will center around the next-generation iOS 8, which includes an innovative Healthbook app that will leverage sensors on upcoming devices to store health and fitness data, with the purpose of helping users lead better lives.
The app will reportedly track things like hydration levels, blood sugar, and sleep patterns, and will include an “emergency card” containing information like allergies, medication, and people to contact in case of an emergency. Of course, a passcode-locked device will ensure that no one ever gets to that card, so Apple will need to work around this issue.
“WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year,” the company said in its April 3 press release, thus confirming a very typical WWDC schedule.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, chimed in to say, “We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them.”
“Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps,” added Schiller.
The Mac maker will feature a session focusing on Women & Information Technology to help promote scholarships to female engineers and programmers.