Plus: we now know that Apple will be streaming a webcast of WWDC 2015 live tonight. Read on to find out how to watch the WWDC 2015 keynote livestream.
WWDC 2015 live: When and where will WWDC 2015 take place?
WWDC 2015 takes place from 8-12 June. It will kick off an Apple keynote on Monday 8 June. That's tonight!
Apple issued the WWDC invite on 14 April, announcing that it is hosting WWDC 2015, the 26th year of the annual conference, from 8 to 12 June at San Francisco's Moscone West. This is what the invite looked like (a strong hint that there may be a new Apple TV in the middle there).
The confirmation of the date didn't come as much of a surprise. A strong rumour did the rounds just after WWDC 2014 closed its doors, suggesting that WWDC 2015 would be held on those dates. This was based on a clever spot on the Moscone Center's website: five days had been block-booked under the suspiciously generic title 'Corporate Event' - a 'Mr and Mrs Smith'-style alias that Apple has used when booking WWDC in the past.
The location is no surprise either - Apple has been running WWDCs there since forever. (When the Campus 2 headquarters are finished, all that might change, of course, but it's not quite there yet.)
In Apple's announcement email, the company wrote: "At WWDC, Apple's renowned developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X, helping them continue to create the most innovative apps in the world. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine-tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best new apps in the last year."
"We've got incredible new technology for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can't wait to see the next generation of apps they create," said Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller.
Apple has already started to decorate the venue, as you can see from this image taken by MacStories, you can see more images over on their site.
WWDC 2015 live: How to watch the WWDC 2015 livestream, and other live coverage
If you want to watch WWDC 2015 live (the webcast livestream, or a liveblog of the announcements), you've got a number of options. Apple has announced that, as usual, it will stream live coverage of the keynote presentation on its site - the WWDC 2015 keynote livestream will appear on apple.com/live on Monday night shortly before 6pm UK time.
How to watch the WWDC 2015 keynote livestream on Mac, iPhone or iPad
This is easy: in the Safari browser, go to apple.com/live on Monday night and take in the show. You'll need Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X 10.8.5 or later, or the version of Safari that comes with iOS 6.0 or later.
How to watch the WWDC 2015 keynote livestream on Apple TV
It seems appropriate, given our suspicion that the Apple TV will take pride of place at WWDC 2015, to watch the announcements live on that device.
Start up your Apple TV and go to the WWDC channel. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.
How to watch the WWDC 2015 keynote livestream on a PC or Android device
Officially, the WWDC 2015 keynote livestream can only be viewed by those using Apple products: it'll run on a Macs, iPad or iPhone, as well as on the Apple TV, but not on Windows PCs and Android smartphones and tablets. However, the canny folk at 9to5mac have pointed out that the universal media player software VLC can decode the livestream quite happily.
You'll need to download and install VLC from www.videolan.org/vlc, go to Media > Open Network Stream and paste in the URL:
Finally, press Play.
Other ways to follow the WWDC 2015 keynote announcements live
You don't necessarily have to watch the WWDC 2015 livestream to find out what's being announced. In our WWDC 2015 liveblog (posted near the top of this page) we will report all of the news and product announcements and (unlike the official livestream) analyse their interest and significance for Apple fans.
You can't expect detached perspective on the announcements from Apple itself, of course, and nobody should blame the company for that. WWDC is an event where, as well as speaking to its software partners about important changes to its platforms, Apple celebrates its own successes and sells itself to the world.
But we won't be afraid to point out stats that hide less impressive truths, or to say when product announcements leave us underwhelmed.
WWDC 2015 live: What products will Apple launch at WWDC 2015?
Judging by the invite, an Apple TV update looks very likely. We can't help but think that the rounded-square shape in the centre of the invite looks just like an Apple TV. (Or it could be an iOS app icon - but there's something about the colour, shape and size that strongly recalls the Apple TV box to mind.)
In addition, we expect Apple to share its plans for the next versions of Mac OS X and iOS 9. We may also see new versions of the 21in iMac, and the Mac Pro. And we are also hoping to see new displays from Apple.
Read on to find out what we think about all of the above products and what Apple might have up its sleeve...
WWDC 2015 live: New Apple TV at WWDC 2015
No sooner has a new product launched (the Apple Watch) and we are scrambling over the next new product on the horizon: The Apple TV. It’s been a long time since Apple has updated its set top box and it looks very likely that we will be hearing more about Apple’s take on television at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
How can we be so sure? Apple has issued an invite to WWDC that has a shape in the middle which is identical to an Apple TV. And inside this shape are the words: "The epicentre of change", see above for our tweaked image.
This fits in nicely with all the rumours about the Apple TV, which state that the Apple TV is going to become the central hub of everything relating to HomeKit - Apple's API that will let us control all our gadgets and gizmos (aka The Internet of Things) around our house. We'll have to wait until June to find out exactly why Apple needs the Apple TV in order for us to control our devices in the home, but it seems like there is part of the equation missing as we have been waiting since last June for Apple to introduce its HomeKit solution, which it spoke about at WWDC In 2014 but hasn't really 'launched' to the public.
There are even more exciting things coming in relation to the Apple TV, if you believe the rumours. We’re hearing about an Apple TV App Store, not only opening up the Apple TV to the iOS apps we love, but also games. Currently gaming on the Apple TV is a clumsy extra screen for a few multiplayer iPad games. How games developers might translate their iOS games for a TV screen remains to be seen - with the control mechanism being the biggest question - but we have no doubt that this will be a popular addition to Apple's box. And there are so many games on iOS it surely won’t take long to see many of them appearing on the Apple TV. We think Apple could be onto a winner with this. See: 7 games we want on Apple TV
We also hope that opening up the Apple TV to the App Store means an end to the ridiculous situation where you can watch all the UK On Demand channels on your iPad or iPhone, but the only way to watch those on demand channels on your Apple TV is to stream via AirPlay from your iOS device. The inability of the Apple TV to plug directly into iPlayer, 4OD and the other UK channels is all the more embarrassing when you consider that the competitor products from the likes of Roku and Amazon give users access to these channels.
The only thing the Apple TV has going for it in the UK right now is Netflix. In the US Apple has forged many more deals with TV companies, and there are a lot more channels on offer. But here in the UK? Nothing.
That may all change - at least it looks set to change for the better in the US anyway. Apple is said to be planning to launch a subscription service that will enable it to offer streaming TV shows from a number of sources.
One of the criticisms of the Apple TV right now (in the US where there is an abundance of content, at least) is that if you want to watch something specific you have to hunt around to find which of the Apple TV 'channels' is showing it. The theory is that Apple will be solving this somehow, offering one place to search for the content and one place to stream it from. Will we see this new streaming service in June? Probably not, all the rumours are pointing to the autumn for Apple's streaming service. Will we ever see it in the UK? We really really hope so but we don’t hold a lot of hope. We can’t help but think that this is exactly what YouView is doing already, and that Apple is a little late to the party.
Find out everything we know so far about the new Apple TV here.
WWDC 2015 live: iOS 9 rumours
Put your money (and other people's money, if you can get hold of it) on a preview of iOS 9 at WWDC 2015.
iOS 9, the next operating system software for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, has been popping up in the rumoursphere for some time, and looks sure to be announced properly at WWDC 2015.
As early as January this year, some sites (including Macworld) had spotted 'iOS 9.0' signatures in their web analytics, leading to speculation that it was already at the testing stage. We weren't convinced - it's actually quite easy for jailbreakers to spoof their OS version number - but it'll be well advanced in the testing process by now.
So we expect iOS to get its customary WWDC outing where developers are let in on the upcoming new features - and version 9 ought to be a bit more exciting than iOS 8, which was worthy but dull. (If it was a cricket match you'd call iOS 8 'one for the purists'.)
The latest rumours suggest that iOS 9 will focus its efforts on stability and optimisation improvements rather than going all-out for new design and fancy new features, potentially at the expense of slower performance on older devices. It's been reported that iOS 9 will support devices as old as the iPhone 4s, and that such devices may even see a speed boost back to the days of iOS 7.
This doesn't mean there won't be any new features, of course. Currently the anticipated highlights include: public-transport directions in Maps; a Google Now-esque predictive personal assistant codenamed 'Proactive'; new Wi-Fi security measures when using non-trusted routers; updates to the Swift programming language and iCloud Drive, including a new dedicated iCloud Drive app; and a new system-wide typeface.
For more on the imminent iOS 9 update, take a look at our article: iOS 9 release date & new features rumours, one week to go.
WWDC 2015 rumours: New Mac OS X at WWDC 2015
As for Mac OS X 10.11, the follow-up to Mac OS X 10.10 'Yosemite'... well, we don't know anything about it at all. (Although we've been having fun thinking up good names for it.) It's just that WWDC wouldn't be WWDC without an update to OS X. Read our article in which we round up all the rumoured features coming in OS X 10.11 for more information about what to expect.
We expect that Apple will spend a lot of time in its WWDC presentation addressing new features coming in the next version of OS X, below you will find a summary of a few of the most likely new features:
New look: Not so much a redesign as a new font. Rumour has it that San Francisco, the font found on the Apple Watch, will soon appear on Mac and iOS as the system font.
Stability improvements: OS X 10.11 will apparently focus on stability rather than flash new features, so expect bug fixes, optimization and security enhancements.
Improved WiFi and networking: We hope that Mac users will not experience the same issues with WiFi that plagued the release of Yosemite, Apple is likely to be paying close attention to this area.
Better security features: Apple is said to be working on a Trusted WiFi feature that will allow Macs and iOS devices to connect to trusted routers without requiring security measures. If you connect to a non-trusted routers data will be heavily encrypted. Apple is also said to be developing a new security system called Rootless, a kernel-level feature that should prevent malware as well as protect user data.
Control Centre: Control Center was a feature that many expected to see in OS X Yosemite – it even showed up in an early beta of that software, but when Yosemite launched it was no where to be seen. Hopefully not for much longer. It is thought that verious controls will move from the Menu Bar to a Control Centre pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac’s display.
Force Touch: Expect to see some new Force Touch features arrive with Mac OS X 10.11.
Launch Date: In 2014 OS X Yosemite launched in October, so expect that the next version will arrive around that time. Although we think that Apple would benefit from launching it in tandem with iOS since so many features rely on the other operating system.
WWDC 2015 live: Apple Pay rumoured to launch in the UK (or other locations outside the US)
Apple Pay is unlikely to be the lead attraction at WWDC 2015, but here in the UK we are moderately optimistic that Apple might announce when the service will roll out on this side of the pond.
Recent hints have pointed to imminent Apple Pay launches in Canada and (surprisingly, perhaps) Belgium; but a job advert a few months back made it clear that Apple has big plans for Apple Pay in London. It would make a lot of sense, early in the WWDC 2015 keynote, for Tim Cook to speak briefly about the statistical successes that Apple Pay has enjoyed, and to then modestly announce that it will rolling out in Canada, Europe and China, say, in the autumn.
We can but hope. Read more about this theory in our separate article: When will Apple Pay come to the UK, and the rest of your Apple Pay UK questions answered.
WWDC 2015 live: New Macs at WWDC
Apple has pulled Macs from its sleeve at WWDCs in the past so we are expecting to see something. The Macs that are usually unveilled at WWDC tend to have more of a professional focus, for example at WWDC 2013 Apple unveilled the Mac Pro (although that model wasn't available until that December).
We are quietly hopeful that Apple will update some of its Macs at, or maybe even before WWDC. Top of our wishlist is the iMac without Retina display which hasn't been updated since 2013. Read about our hopes for the iMac here.
We're also thinking it's about time that Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro - that model was last updated in 2013 and the new processor that woudl suit that model was launched in Septembner 2014, so we can't imagine what the hold up is! Read about what we expect from the 2015 Mac Pro here.
But Apple has already hosted one event this year. It launched the Apple Watch during an event on 9 March and also surprised us with an all-new MacBook, alongside updates to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, and an update to the iMac and 15in MacBook Pro recently, so it's possible that there won't be any Mac updates in June.
WWDC 2015 live: New displays at WWDC
There's one more thing we are hoping for: A new range of displays. Apple launched its Apple Thunderbolt Display back in July 2011 so it is looking very long in the tooth now! We wonder if Apple will update the Thunderbolt display to offer 4K, or some form of Retina resolution. Read: New Apple monitor release date, when will Apple update the Thunderbolt Cinema Display
WWDC 2015 rumours: iTunes Radio streaming service
Following Apple's aquisition of Beats last year, rumour has it that Apple is working to relaunch iTunes Radio (which still hasn't arrive in the UK, by the way) using Beats Music technology.
The new iTunes Radio streaming service would be a new rival to the likes of Spotify, including curated playlists, cloud-based libraries and customised radio stations to match the musical tastes of individual users.
The new service is expected to be built-in to the iTunes Music app on iPhone and iPad, and into iTunes on the Mac and PC, and rumour has it there will even be an Android app available.
For all of the rumours, take a look at our iTunes Radio streaming rumours round-up.
WWDC 2015 live: Apple TV streaming service
There's been speculation that Apple would launch its own streaming service stretching back to 2009, that rumour is hotting up right now. Apparently instead of providing hundreds of channels to consumers like current paid TV offerings, Apple intends to put together bundles of popular TV channels and stream them directly to your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV using the internet.
This service may not appear until later in the year though, apparently there are the usual delays signing deals with TV production companies...
Read more about it here: Everything you need to know about Apple's rumoured streaming service
WWDC 2015 live: Will Apple launch any new iPhones at WWDC 2015?
We don't think so. Apple tends to follow a pretty strict yearly schedule for its smartphone refreshes, and we think the iPhone 6c, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 will appear in September 2015. (That's what we're calling them, at any rate. By the 6c, 6s and 7 we mean Apple's next 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch smartphones. Who knows what they'll be called?)
Even if Apple went against recent type and launched an iPhone in June rather than September, it would be strange for it to roll something as hypable as an iPhone update in with a WWDC event and its additional software news. Apple likes to give the iPhones their own events.
But as you can see above, it wasn't always thus: the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 all got their start at a June WWDC event along with various other announcements. It's a... possibility. (Just an extremely faint possibility.)
WWDC 2015 live: What about new iPads?
As with the iPhones, it would be a bit of a surprise if Apple showed off new iPads at WWDC 2015. But it's not quite as much of a long shot, for two reasons.
First, Apple doesn't seem to be quite as rigid when it comes to the iPad release schedule. It used to be an early-spring update, and changed to October when Apple upgraded from the iPad 3 to the iPad 4 - meaning the iPad 3 was the top-end iPad for only eight months.
And the iPad Pro is another factor to consider. It may not even exist (as we must continually reiterate) but would be an ideal candidate to be this year's Mac Pro-esque hardware surprise. I believe the exact words were "Can't innovate, my ass."
WWDC 2015 live: What else can we expect at WWDC 2015?
Jokes. Banter. Craig Federighi being funny. Everyone making jokes about Craig Federighi's hair (including Craig Federighi himself).
Stats. Graphs. Sly digs at Google.
More pertinently, expect a fair bit of the information to be aimed at developers rather than civilians: it's a developers' conference, after all, and we in the media are effectively guests.
Apple will be aware that the rest of us are watching, but it won't be afraid to get technical. At WWDC 2014 there was a long segment devoted to the new Swift programming language, complete with jokes and cheers that referred to highly technical aspects of app coding.
And if you're interested in reading what products were launched at WWDC 2014, stay tuned: the next pages features got full coverage of that event, which saw the first public sightings of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.