SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads during a keynote presentation Monday at the company's annual conference for software developers in San Francisco.
Apple is expected to show off a simplified look on iPhones and iPads. It would be the most radical design change since the iPhone made its debut in 2007. While design modifications could help Apple distinguish its devices from rival phones and tablets, they risk alienating longtime users.
For instance, Apple riled users of its gadgets last fall when it kicked out a beloved app using Google's mapping service and replaced it with its own Maps app. What was supposed to be a triumph for Apple served to underscore Google's strength in maps.
Apple may use an expected software update this fall, iOS 7, as an opportunity to update its Maps app. Other features in iOS 7 may include new ways to do things through gesture commands.
Apple is also expected to debut a streaming music service dubbed iRadio.
The keynote kicked off at about 10 a.m. PDT. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference goes through Friday.
Here's a running account of the event, presented in reverse chronological order. All times are PDT.
Presenters include CEO Tim Cook and Craig Federighi, senior vice president for software engineering.
Apple has had a practice of naming Mac operating system updates after cats. But Federighi worries that the company is running out of names. After joking that Apple will call the next one Sea Lion, Federighi says the next will actually be called Mavericks, a reference to a big wave area in the San Francisco area.
The new operating system will support tagging to help you find files more easily. Simply assign one or more tags such as "important" or "movies" to a particular document as you save it.
Mavericks will also work with multiple monitors, with docks and menus going across the various display screens. TVs connected via Apple's AirPlay can serve as one of those displays.
The new system also promises better battery life.
Cook opens the keynote by talking about the status of Apple's more than 400 retail stores worldwide. He says Apple's newest store is in Berlin, at a century-old building that was one of the city's first theaters.
He also touts Apple's online store and says the company has 900,000 apps there, including 375,000 specifically designed for the iPad and its larger screen compared with the iPhone.
Cooks walks on stage to applause from an audience of software developers and other Apple fans.
- Technology & Electronics