5 (very unlikely) things I'd like to see announced at WWDC 2013

5 (very unlikely) things I'd like to see announced at WWDC 2013

Summary: Apple's WWDC 2013 kicks on Monday with a keynote speech. Here are five things, all of which are highly unlikely, that I'm holding out hope for during that speech.


Apple's WWDC 2013 kicks off with the keynote on Monday, and I think we already have a pretty good idea of what Apple will unveil at the event. But that doesn't mean that I can't throw a few last minute wishes into the ether.

Join me while I throw a few coins down the WWDC wishing well. Who knows, we might get lucky!


Pah, who wants an iWatch when you could instead have iGlass?

I think that the wearable computer revolution is just beginning, and devices such as Google Glass will be joined by the iGlass and Kindle Glass.

Google has hit the ground running with Glass, and while the project has attracted a lot of negativity and criticism – mostly revolving around privacy – the idea that a company like Apple would just roll over and hand the embryonic market over to a competitor is crazy.

Rest assured that the best and brightest in Cupertino are plowing energy and dollars into wearable computers right now. And I know another thing for sure, I want one!

Mac tablet

Yes, I know that Apple sell millions of iPad every quarter, but what I want – actually, what I really, really want – is an OS X-powered tablet.

Why? Why now!

I do a lot of heavy editing in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro on my Mac, and I use a Wacom tablet. I'd like a tablet because I could edit direct on the screen. Sure, I could get something like a Wacom Cintiq, which combines a screen into a tablet, but I'd love the portable power that something like a Haswell-powered OS X tablet would offer.

I'm pretty sure that I'd pay a pretty penny for this hardware too. That said, I pay a pretty penny for all things Apple.

Free OS X updates

Apple has been slashing the price of OS X updates with each release for the past few years. I think it's time for the Cupertino bean counters to truly free OS X and make it frère to all Mac users.

And why not? It keep everyone with compatible hardware up to date, and it would encourage people with old, incompatible hardware to upgrade. A win-win situation for Apple.

Apple TV

Yes Apple, please release that mythical TV that analysts and pundits have been talking about for years now.

Sure, I can use an AppleTV set-top box to connect my Apple-branded devices to my TV, but increasingly I'm feeling that integrating that functionality into the TV itself would make it easier to use.

For one thing it would mean needing one remote control as opposed to two.

Cross platform iCloud

Why, oh why is iCloud an iOS/OS X only thing? Why if I want to share files with Windows or Android to I have to turn to third-party solutions such as Dropbox? Same with iMessage?

I'm not suggesting that Apple give Windows and Android users the full iCloud experience, but a partial iCloud experience would help, perhaps with an option for those with a Mac or iOS device to get access to more features.

Make Macs user-upgradable

About the only think I don't like about my MacBook Pro is the fact that Apple's design decisions make it essentially non-upgradable. Getting into the device is a challenge, and once in there you find that the SSD is proprietary and the RAM is soldered directly onto the motherboard.

Can we please return to a time when at least RAM was upgradable in Macs? Is this too much to ask?

Topic: Apple

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  • wwdc

    will wwwdc be more enthusiast as it was earlier
  • 6. Innovation

    Unlikely of apple to start now.
    • Nobody cares

      You don't use Macs, and nobody cares what you think they should do.
    • And, yet, for some odd reason

      you still hold this non-innovative company as the gold standard by which everything else must be measured.
      • Re: you still hold this non-innovative company as the gold standard

        Let's just say it's the ground level from which we measure height.
  • BetaMax vs VHS

    Regrettably, there are so many parallels with the former BetaMax vs VHS tape format war. Eventually, we know what happened. There were several attributes of the VHS format that would have made the BetaMax format much more acceptable.
  • GPU Switching in Boot-Camp.

    Very annoying if you're using the 15-inch model.
  • Wish Lists

    iGlass? Because you think Apple's take is going to be more advanced or less expensive than Google's. let's leave it at it's on its way, unless Google kills it because no one wants it.

    OS X on a tablet is not impossible, but it isn't going to be the image/video workstation you'd want to use, except, maybe down the road, Intel, memory costs, and battery technology develop to put ten hours of heavy-duty service into a sub-pound device. And about interface, effective and efficient video editing without the mouse and with a virtual keyboard grabbing screen real estate? There's unlikely and there's unicorns in a TARDIS.

    Free updates, okay, you can want that, I just don't see how that would really make a difference.

    Upgradable Macs. You mean Pros? Of course you don't. It's not Apple's thing. Move on to to the vendors who do offer open boxes.

    Apple TV? Because you want the box in the set? How often do you want to buy the set? How often do you want the Apple TV part to get a hardware refresh? I think The mythical Apple TV isn't about the picture tube but about the content delivery infrastructure, improving delivery to the viewer while replacing the revenue streams for content creators, publishers, and distributors—though the latter may be cut out, avec plaisir, by the end points—and Apple gets a healthy chunk of the revenues from the whole. In this case two out of three isn't good enough, it's a non-starter.

    Cross-platform cloud? It's here and it isn't that hard to get running. Now a related concept, which would be an improvement, is a more robust way of getting a file from one application's silo into another.

    I read tech stuff, I listen to the standard crowd of Apple-centric podcasts, it is hard to avoid the rumors and speculation. But I have learned the thing that matters is what Apple says. By the way, how cool is it that registered developers can get an app for nearly immediate video? Not as good as going and having the network possibilities, but a great add for 2013 and enough to make me happy. Returning to my opinion, I can wait for the official announcements. If wishes were fishes, it'd be really smelly.
  • Very unlikely

    Yup. Longshots
    Wael Nafee
  • First,

    Apple doesn't innovate into new markets. Apple goes into established markets and does it better than everyone else. Don't look for Apple to get into wearable computers until other companies show there's a viable market, but one where everyone hates their products.

    Secondly, Integrating an AppleTV into a regular TV is kind of dumb, IMO. Also, you don't need to use two remotes. Teach your AppleTV your current remote: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3296?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
    • You could make the argument...

      Integrating Apple TV into a regular TV is dumb... why, exactly? I mean, sure, it would be dumb from my perspective to be limited to just what Apple's offering in overpriced TVs just to get a $99 IPTV device. But that's just me. Same reason I'd never spend $1500+ to get a $500 PC integrated into a monitor...

      But look at it from Apple's perspective. For one, they have convinced a large number of people to buy computers with integrated monitors, despite the fact you have to toss out that monitor when you're done with the PC, you can't necessarily get the monitor(s) you want, etc. I like two or more matched monitors, so at best the built-in would be a throw away. But Apple's been so successful at this, they're selling like 90% of the PCs over $1000. They only have two computers that don't have integrated monitors, the 3.5 year old Mac Pro, and the underfeatured Mac Mini. So in knowing they can probably turn that $99 retail product into a $1099 retail product, why not do this?

      Secondly, it's a chance at control, and you know Apple loves control. Same thing Microsoft is trying to do in the new X-Box One. The X-Box One is designed to sit between all of your other devices and your TV, so Microsoft has first crack at your eyes, all during your TV viewing. Don't think Apple would like this, too? Only this way, there's no dismantling it... if you have that Apple TV, you can't wire the Apple out of the way. And given only true believers will buy these anyway. But there are lots of them, and they're rich enough to pay twice as much for everything else they buy from Apple. Why not the TV... though I think the only real pitfall here for Apple: bright white might not be the best color for one's media room.
  • You want mac powered tab

    but not windows 8...hah....
  • My wish list

    1) make iCloud multi platform. I have a Mac and an iPad, but I also have a a win7 machine, a Linux workstation and an Android Phone. A cloud service only makes sense if all my devices are supported
    2) make an OS X app for iBook. It is an absolute shame that Apple does not support iBooks on Mac. It is the main reason I never buy books in the iTunes Store. I want to read my e books on all my devices
    3) make a better iTunes: support for FLAC files, support for multiple music data directories (on NAS), sync music between iPad/IPod/iPhone and Mac in both directions.
  • Apple was the instigator of all things non-upgradeable...

    It is why I don't own a Mac. I like to do the work on my machines, and see no reason why Apple feels the need to constrict people [other than greed]. Some would say it ensures the unqualified from tampering with things, but stiff repair costs for nearly everything electronic already does that.

    The non-replaceable battery is the height of greed, and something that, thus far, has kept me from getting a smart phone, because the ability to carry a second battery, to be slapped in when the first abysmally small one goes dead is something I won't give up. It seems this started with Apple, and all other manufacturers saw a way to monetize something which was not profitable enough already - the replacement of a consumable.

    We truly are a throw-away society, but it was supposed to be reversing, with the idea of recycling and conservation. I suppose that concept has not hit high tech companies just yet.