Apple's WWDC powwow June 2 starts march to iPhone 6

Summary:Aside from the 100 technical sessions and walkthroughs of new iOS features, WWDC usually stokes a lot of speculation about Apple's product roadmap.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 2 and leading up to that date is likely to be a lot of speculation about the next iOS and OS X features.

It's also possible that Apple will continue to build bridges to the two operating systems. WWDC is a software event and OS X 10.10 will be unveiled as will iOS 8. 

Developers can apply for WWDC tickets in a lottery today through April 7 at 10 a.m. PDT. Developers will know if they get into WWDC at 5 p.m. PDT on April 7.

Aside from the 100 technical sessions and walkthroughs of new iOS features, the event usually stokes a lot of speculation about Apple's product roadmap.

Analysts have speculated that Apple will launch a TV and new iPhones with various screen sizes. In any case, WWDC is likely to create some momentum going into new iPhones and an iPad refresh.

Those new products will be welcome because some analysts are expecting that iPhone sales will slow ahead of new Android launches such as the Samsung S5 and HTC's new flagship One device.

T. Michael Walkley, an analyst at Cannacord Genuity, said in a research note Wednesday:

Our March U.S. surveys and global handset market analysis indicated seasonally soft smartphone sales ahead of Android smartphone launches from Samsung, HTC and other Android OEMs in April. In fact, our March wireless store surveys indicated the iPhone 5s remained the top selling smartphone in the U.S. and in many international markets due to weaker Android sales ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and to a lesser extent the HTC One (M8) global launches in April. With our surveys indicating gradually increasing consumer interest in and pre-order activity for these new Android smartphones, we anticipate new high-end Android smartphones will gain market share versus the iPhone during the June quarter.

Apple is expected to regain share with the iPhone 6.

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Topics: Mobility, Apple, Enterprise Software, iOS, iPhone, Developer


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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