The Apple Store went down Monday, June 10, 2013 just hours before the WWDC 2013 keynote was set to begin leading us all to speculate that the Apple store was being updated and new hardware and software was likely being added. Wondering what to expect when the Apple Store goes back online? Here are four predictions we're making.
Apple Store Down WWDC 2013 Hardware Prediction 1: New MacBook Pro Models
It's pretty much confirmed that a new Retina MacBook Pro refresh models will be showcased at WWDC this week, as last week Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities noted that MacBook Pro updates are expected.
"We expect the new MacBook, featuring an upgrade to Intel's (US) Haswell processor, will be in the spotlight for Apple at the upcoming WWDC from June 10."
So what will the new Retina MacBook Pro be like in terms of specs and features? The Retina Macbook Pro is expected to be slimmer slightly and include a camera upgrade. The upgraded camera specs will likely switch over from HD to full HD. This will improve Facetime and video conference quality in the high-resolution Retina display
Apple Store Down WWDC 2013 Hardware Prediction 2: New MacBook Air Models
Last year we saw new 2012 MacBook Airs debut alongside the Macbook Pro models, and so it's expected the ame will be truw at WWDC 2013
Some recent reports by 9to5 Mac support this supposition, stating that new versions of its MacBook Air notebook computer will certainly be revealed in the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, while also noting to expect four Apple Mac models to be introduced.
In addition, last week it was officially announced that the new MacBook Airs would feature Intel's Haswell chipsets. The powerful new hardware is expected to increase battery life by as much as 50 percent during times when the system experiences heavy work load; for example, while watching movies or surfing the Internet. This update to the battery could mean that those who use their computers heavily throughout the day would only have to recharge once per day. Though some have speculated we could see a retina display on one of the new MacBook Airs, this seems unlikely as it is one feature that separates the two MacBook lines.
Apple Store Down WWDC 2013 Software Prediction 1: OSX 10.9
The latest OSX -- presumably OSX 10.9 -- is certainly one piece of software everyone hopes makes its way to the Apple store when it goes back online later on Monday. Though there hasn't been a lot of buzz concerning the new desktop OS, some rumors suggest it will be focused on more advanced users, or "power users." We've heard of new features like the iOS type task possibly being incorporated into OSX 10.9. In addition, it is thought that a redesign of Safari, Finder and a few other key features may be on their way as well. The incorporation of SIRI into the new OSX 10.9 has also created a bit of a stir. All will be known shortly, however, once the WWDC 2013 keynote gets underway.
Apple Store Down WWDC 2013 Software Prediction 2: iOS 7
Of course, there's nothing rumored about whether or not iOS 7 will be revealed at Monday's Apple keynote -- except for what the redesign will look like! New leaks continued to emerge throughout the night suggesting what the new iOS 7 app icons could look like. Though reputable Mac news source 9to5 Mac was the main distributor of these leaked iOS 7 photos, many are still skeptical about whether they are the real deal.
Here is a quick overview of what 9to5 Mac had to say about the new iOS 7 redesign.
"The whole OS has that 'skinny jeans' Helvetica Neue Ultra Light or similar that you've seen in those posters. At the top, instead of carrier signal bars, Apple now has 5 dots that are white or gray to represent the signal. The app icons are different across the board, similar but not quite the same as the one we tweeted earlier. Yes, they are flat. Our in-house Photoshop guru Michael Steeber has mocked up (Above) the icons based on descriptions which closely match what I believe we'll see tomorrow.
- iTunes is Purple-ish with white (iSync-like arrows instead of a music note).
- Camera is Gray gradient and icon is same shape as you see on the lock screen
- Facetime is like it used to be without the gray. and flat.
- The Maps icon is a different place. Perhaps near the Spaceship campus?
- Compass icon is darker and flatter.
- Safari icon is like the Mac circle icon without the silver frame.
- Photos icon is a color wheel
- Game Center is similar to the photos icon - totally different than before.
"Perhaps most interesting: There are two color schemes for many of these apps - one black-ish and one white-ish. We're not sure if they are A/B decoys, if white iPhones and Black iPhones will have their own color schemes or as someone else suggested, the different color schemes might be invoked by the amount of ambient light or the time of day. But it is super-interesting, especially since we've heard whispers that the whole UI might shift slightly based on external factors similar to the way the music volume icon switches based on how you hold the iPhone."
Stay tuned as in just a short while all details will be revealed concerning new Apple hardware and software at the 2013 WWDC keynote, beginning Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10 am PT, 1pm ET, and 6pm in the UK.