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Xcode 5.0 to include new API support, application testing tools
Apple is likely to release the next-generation developer studio for iOS and Mac applications, Xcode.
The company has already said that it is "excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps," hinting that the updated software — with APIs, a new user interface, enhancements, and improved application testing tools — will be released, so developers can get started immediately.
OS X 10.9: Siri and Maps may be ported away from mobile
Siri remains in beta, nearly two years after it was first announced. Apple's voice assistant could emerge as the front-runner in the race among intelligent assistants, particularly as the voice command services heat up across the mobile industry.
We could expect an increase in data sources, international support and a deeper integration across iOS-based devices — all with better overall accuracy.
It's also hoped that third-party apps may also see developer support. Apple could offer a number of APIs that developers can hook their apps into, in order to enhance app experiences but also help generate additional revenue for events, restaurants, travel and so on.
Maps has also suffered, partly as a result of it being rushed to completion by Apple bosses ahead of iOS 6's release. It was an unfinished product and Apple chief executive Tim Cook publicly apologized for the mess. But over time, the mapping data has improved but is still a long way off until it can call itself a rival to Google Maps — arguably the best and most used mapping service.
Analysts have also predicted that Apple may branch out into other key ecosystem areas, such as mobile payments and other subscription services.
iRadio likely to be announced
Thanks to a range of leaks and software investigation, rumors began to swirl last year suggesting Apple was working on a radio-like product — or iTunes streaming — dubbed iRadio. This would rival other third-party apps, such as Spotify and Pandora; both of which offer streaming music services for free and at a subscription level.
Apple still generates vast amounts of revenue from iTunes, thanks to its 30 percent cut in app downloads. Currently there are about 500 million iTunes accounts. The record labels themselves could benefit with around 70 percent of every $1 purchase in iTunes heading in their direction.
The company has also reportedly been in talks with two major music labels to bring its music-streaming service to life. Following the arrival of iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, and iCloud, it could be that Apple is pushing further into the in-house iTunes market it has carved for itself in order to further expand its music offerings.
iRadio, or whatever it may be called, is expected to make an appearance this summer, likely with a later debut.