Apple’s WWDC is just a matter of days, with the keynote scheduled for Monday, June 11th. This being a developer conference, attendees use the week following the keynote to attend sessions. These sessions cover existing developer tools along with anything related to new announcements that take place during WWDC.
TNW points out that 43 sessions are listed as TBA, a number that is greater then any previous year. This has pundits anticipating big things at WWDC. Big things not limited to iOS 6. While the next revision of iOS should certainly bring upon some major changes for developers, speculation seems to focus on the Apple TV. Not the television, but the $99 Apple TV set-top box that runs iOS. The Apple TV UI recently underwent a major change, but still feels uninspired. A source tells BGR that a new major revision of the Apple TV OS is the same one that will run on the upcoming and still yet unannounced Apple iTV. They suggest that Apple has been reaching out to manufacturers in hopes they will embrace the “control out” API and develop accessories compatible with the new Apple TV OS.
About these 43 TBA events. A good number of them are being held in the Presidio room, the biggest room in the building according to John Gruber, who believes ‘something’s up’.
To me, this is what a preliminary WWDC conference schedule would look like if Apple were set to announce a new developer platform, like, say, apps for Apple TV.
The current Apple TV has minimal storage. If they were to bring apps to the Apple TV, would they introduce a larger capacity Apple TV, or allow for accessing apps through iCloud? Even with a handful of apps, the current iteration of the Apple TV has sold quite well. 2.8 million last year and 2.7 million, just 5 months into 2012. Imagine how well it would sell if it became more then just a hobby for Apple. Perhaps we’ll find that out on June 11th.