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No Revamped Apple TV or iWatch Expected at WWDC

Apple does not have plans to use the company's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference to debut new Apple TV hardware, its related software, or the iWatch, reports John Paczkowski of Re/code.

Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, Paczkowski confirms that Apple's big announcements will focus on OS X 10.10, iOS 8, and possibly Healthbook, an app Apple is said to be developing to aggregate fitness and health information.

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An Apple TV concept via Curved
Sources familiar with Apple's plans tell Code/red that Tim Cook will not use WWDC to unveil Apple's mythical wearable device. Nor will he use it to show off a new Apple TV, or even preview the new software the company is developing for it. Which makes perfect sense, really. There's little point in Apple unveiling a new OS in advance of a significant hardware update.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts on June 2, has historically been used as a platform for unveiling new operating system software. Apple has, however, occasionally debuted new hardware at the event, including new MacBook Airs in 2013 and the Retina Macbook Pro in 2012.

Though the company does not have plans to unveil an updated Apple TV set-top box at WWDC, the product is said to be in the works. The revamped box is rumored to include an App Store, gaming support, iOS 7 controller integration, and possibly new content deals.

Apple may have had plans to debut the box earlier in 2014, but according to a recent product roadmap from often reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we may not see an updated Apple TV until the third quarter of 2014.

As for the iWatch, which also remains in development, a late 2014 release date is expected.

Related roundups: Apple TV, Apple Watch

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26 weeks ago
WWDC was always meant to about software, not hardware. Nothing surprising here.
Rating: 16 Votes
26 weeks ago
Mac Mini?
Rating: 15 Votes
26 weeks ago
This may be the most boring WWDC ever then.
Rating: 12 Votes
26 weeks ago
It'd be surprising if they announce iOS 8 Healthbook whitout the iWatch :confused:
Rating: 12 Votes
26 weeks ago
Shame, I'd have bought that immediately.
Rating: 10 Votes
26 weeks ago
They could at least show the new software for the ATV. That thing needs an update badly.
Rating: 7 Votes
26 weeks ago
I think this was pretty much expected. Apple will use WWDC to outline major design changes to OSX and slight changes and updates to iOS. There may be a slight hint at Mac hardware, but nothing outside of that really. WWDC is about software, not hardware - ultimately.
Rating: 7 Votes
26 weeks ago
If true, that would be a bummer not only for not having a new Apple TV, but it seems like if a new Apple TV has an SDK, they'd announce it at WWDC.

The iWatch I can kind of understand not announcing if it won't have an SDK (initially).
Rating: 5 Votes
26 weeks ago
The thing that makes no sense to me from this original article is-

Nor will he use it to show off a new Apple TV, or even preview the new software the company is developing for it. Which makes perfect sense, really. There’s little point in Apple unveiling a new OS in advance of a significant hardware update.


Except Apple does this EVERY year at WWDC. Previewing new both iOS and OSX before their proper release (with new iOS Hardware) in the Fall.

AppleTV and Wearable products would both be new categories for developers. If there's going to be new apps ready for them at launch, they have to get developers moving months in advance.
Rating: 5 Votes
26 weeks ago
As a developer, I honestly could not care less about a health-spying app that comes bundled (and presumably will be as undeletable as Apple's stock, weather and passbook apps) with the iPhone. I consider such built-in apps as little more than bloatware, so I truly hope Cook & Co. don't really plan to pretend this will be of interest to the general population of developers.

I of course want to know what's new in iOS and OS X, but in all honestly, it's the possibility of an Apple TV App Store that would make my blood warm again. I'm beginning to think Apple is much further behind in the ATV process than they'd like anyone to believe (and losing ground every day as Comcast vies for Time-Warner and Amazon enters the fray).

The great thing about Apple has always been that "everything works" within its ecosystem, but lately, that feels far from true, as my Apple TV feels like the forgotten bastard son of my Mac and iPhone. With Amazon planning to enter the phone frenzy soon (now that they have their tablet and TV products talking to one another), Apple REALLY needs to step up its game in the living room.
Rating: 5 Votes

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