iOS 8 and smart home are in for WWDC, iWatch is out

iOS 8 and smart home are in for WWDC, iWatch is out
Apple's Wordwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote is set to begin in just a couple of hours, and if The New York Times is to be believed, this will be a software only affair. According to a new report, the two big announcements set to be unveiled today are iOS 8 and the smart home platform, but don't hold your breath for the iWatch.

According to The New York Times, the big feature of iOS 8 is the one that we've known about and expected for a while: Healthbook. The info on Healthbook makes it sound quite a bit less in-depth than the rumors have suggested. Supposedly, Healthbook will track relatively basic items like foot steps, heart rate, and sleep activity. But, the good news is that it will be opened up to 3rd party developers, so you should be able to use your Fitbit, Jawbone, or Nike wearable to feed info into the app. The source for NYT said that there will be no iWatch at WWDC, but said that Healthbook would obviously connect to Apple's wearable when it does come out. In reading between the lines, we wonder if it will be the iWatch itself that adds in the extra health tracking functions that we've heard about. 

The report also confirms that Apple will also be announcing the rumored smart home automation platform that we've heard about recently. This would allow you to control various devices, like lights, thermostats, and door locks directly from your smartphone or tablet. We'll find out soon enough if this is true, but in terms of setting expectations, we'd say it looks like Apple is treating this as a true developers conference, meaning software only. 

source: NYT

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14 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31365; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon already, I wanna see.

2. HASHTAG unregistered

Why don't we just stop with the rumor report and just wait it out until it's official, eh?

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Couple of minutes to go.....

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I want to see what other things Apple copied (flat design) from Microsoft in IOS 8.

3. Sauce unregistered

For techs sake, I hope this source is wrong. The sooner the iWatch gets unveiled, the sooner the smart watch industry as a whole gets spinning into gear…pun intended… har har har

4. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

When they will announce iPhone 6?

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

September.

5. express77 unregistered

I am looking forward to the restrictions in iHOME and ads in Google Home(If it comes some day). They really want to make the people their puppets.

8. Sauce unregistered

I will never buy any product from any company that features stupid f*cking advertisements on a refrigerator, thermostats, home control panels, or microwave… Everywhere you go, theres a bloody f*cking advertisement. Sh*t…there will probably be ads on blenders and garbage cans in 10 years.

12. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Without ads whatsoever, how would you know about all the products you're using today?

14. Sauce unregistered

From news articles that are meant to inform me on s**t I WANT TO KNOW. Not some silly car that can be financed for 0% down at $299.99 a month. News articles like these where authors make a living, not filthy rich companies that force ads upon you.

10. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

The only problem I see with home automation is that apple doesn't have any hardware for it like Google with nest and smart TV powered with android.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

If they don't announce any hardware, their stock price will tank today. I still have hope though. Nobody really knew about the Mac Pro or the samsung Galaxy fit.

13. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Somebody wake me when it's over.

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