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by: E. Werner Reschke | May 31, 2014
WWDC 2014 Annual Predictions

WWDC 2014 is just around the corner now, so it's time for our annual show predictions. This year we decided to present it based on percentage chance of a particular item being announced at WWDC, in the Fall 2014 or Winter 2015.

Based upon our own internal information, colleges input and rumors here is what we are expecting to be announced and/or launched at WWDC 2014 and beyond.

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Will Jony Ive Be MIA During WWDC Keynote?

by: Mark Reschke | May 28, 2014

Sir_jony_iveSir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware and Software, has been an absolute fixture with the company. He has been with the company for 22 years, and is typically seen and heard via interviews for Apple, or acting as a major presence within Apple’s promotional video campaigns for newly introduced products. Jony’s fingerprints on Apple are indelible and everywhere. But will Sir Ive grace the keynote stage this year at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC)?

Jony doesn't like the big stage, rather, he shies away from it. At last years WWDC, Ive introduced iOS 7 via a promotional video, but never took to the stage. Ive makes himself known, but it has been years since he has showed up live, on stage, at an actual Apple keynote event. He seems most comfortable living within the deep, dark tunnels of Apple’s creative nerve center cooking up something good. Evidently really good if the rumors resemble anything close to accurate during next week's WWDC keynote event.

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During its 2014 second fiscal quarter, Apple shocked Wall Street and left critics silent, as Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones. Tech milestones are fleeting, with new records born and broken on a weekly basis, but some accomplishments are bigger than others. One such monumental milestone is a soon-to-be-fact, looming on the horizon — Apple is on the verge of selling 200 million iPhones in a single year.

With large screen smartphones being pushed heavily by virtually every manufacturer, the effort has made little dent in Apple’s march to selling an ever-growing number of 4-inch iPhones. In fact, Apple continues to gain market share in the U.S., now at 41.3%. Apple’s growth is surprising given that an assumed pent-up demand was ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which was announced February 24th. In the face for Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, Apple is likely to lose little, if any, ground to Samsung in the current quarter.

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Key to iOS/OS X Success: Killer Apps

by: E. Werner Reschke | May 08, 2014
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While many of us eagerly await the release of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, what's typically more important than interface improvements, or organizational tools and other gizmos, are the killer apps that can be run atop of each OS.

Apple missed the boat in the late 80’s and early 90’s failing to court developers onto the Mac platform. In 2007 Apple almost made that same mistake until developers screamed loud enough that an SDK for iOS was developed — the rest is history.

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It’s big, it’s powerful, it’s fast, and it’s coming soon — now being revealed even sooner. No, this isn’t the world domination 4.7-inch iPhone 6 I’m talking about, it’s OS X (10.10), and it’s sure to knock the socks off developers and users alike. 

Certainly, if an iPhone 6 (what T-GAAP believes will be called iPhone Air) arrives at WWDC, virtually all media attention will be cast upon the svelt device, relegating Apple’s iOS and OS X operating software magic to section b, page 14.

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Fisher_price_android_smartphoneWhat do Fisher Price phones and Android smartphones have in common? Simple. They are for first-time users, that much is abundantly clear. In other words, Android smartphones are training wheels until the user can be a big boy or girl, and ride on two wheels like all the older kids in the neighborhood.

Apple’s second quarter iPhone sales shocked analysts with stronger than anticipated sales, largely due to increased sales in China. But it is the overall base of iPhone users, coupled with a steady flow of Android users converting to iPhones, that continues to grow iPhone share in the U.S. and Europe.

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