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6 Apple WWDC Developments To Watch For

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) enthusiasts far and wide will be watching the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week for the latest news on Apple innovation.

Here’s a breakdown of six new-worthy developments that could come out of this week’s event.

Smart Home Product Update

Just last week, five different device makers announced new products that will be integrated into Apple’s home automation initiative. The new devices will allow iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users to control a range of home appliances remotely, including fans, thermostats and lighting. WWDC could provide updates on smart home technology or more apps/gadgets that could be coming in the near future.

iOS 9

Apple typically previews new operating systems at WWDC, and this year’s conference could bring a demo of iOS 9. iOS 9 is rumored to include a new management feature called “Proactive,” which will replace Spotlight Search and provide users with a new interface and a richer set of search features.

OS X 10.11

New updates to Apple’s Mac-based operating system may include security features, bug fixes and/or stability improvements. Rumor has it that Apple has been working on a new kernel-level security system called “Rootless” that will fight malware by isolating protected system files.

Native Apple Watch apps

At the moment, the Apple Watch is limited to running on a paired iPhone, but Apple is widely expected to provide more tools and access to developers at WWDC to allow them to create apps that will run natively on the Apple Watch itself. If this type of access is provided to developers at WWDC, Apple Watch owners can expect native watch apps to begin launching later in the year.

New Streaming Music Service

According to rumors, Apple could debut its new streaming music service at WWDC, which could be a revamp of its Streaming Beats service. The new service is speculated to be integrated into iTunes and the iOS Music app and priced at $9.99 per month.

Apple Pay Update

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple provide some sort of update on its new payment platform at WWDC. One rumor is calling for Apple to introduce a new Apple Pay rewards service similar to those provided by credit card companies.

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