What’s next for Ap­ple?

Watch is just the start of a bumper 2015 for the tech gi­ant

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he rest of 2015 prom­ises to be ex­cit­ing for Ap­ple. Aside from Watch, which could be its most im­por­tant launch since the iPhone, we might see a brand new ver­sion of iTunes that has the Beats Mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice in­te­grated. HomeKit de­vices should start to ap­pear in vol­ume from mid-2015, and Ap­ple Pay should make it to the UK and the rest of Europe.

iOS 8’s HealthKit makes it eas­ier for de­vel­op­ers to use the sen­sors in the iPhone and Watch, and so we should see a wave of new and im­proved health and fit­ness apps. To­wards the end of the year, de­vel­op­ers will be able to make apps which run na­tively on Watch, rather than on an iPhone us­ing Watch as a dis­play and con­troller.

The last quar­ter of 2015 should also see new ver­sions of OS X and iOS – Ap­ple has up­graded both an­nu­ally for long enough that we can be rea­son­ably con­fi­dent it’s com­mit­ted to that cy­cle. This should see an evo­lu­tion in Con­ti­nu­ity and Hand­off, per­haps adding more fea­tures to both. And we can ex­pect greater in­te­gra­tion of iCloud Drive, per­haps with a ded­i­cated app in iOS 9.

At the time of writ­ing, the Pho­tos app for OS X was in public beta (in OS X 10.10.3). De­vel­op­ers re­ceived their beta ver­sion in early Fe­bru­ary, and

Tpeo­ple who signed up to OS X’s public beta ser­vice re­ceived one in early March. iCloud Photo Li­brary should also come out of beta soo, it’s been rather a while! Ap­ple TV has moved on from be­ing a hobby and is now taken much more se­ri­ously by Ap­ple. What this means in 2015 is un­clear. It’s been re­ported for a cou­ple of years now that Ap­ple has been at­tempt­ing to sign rights deals with both ca­ble com­pa­nies and con­tent pro­duc­ers. Those ne­go­ti­a­tions haven’t proved fruit­ful yet. Like­wise, an­a­lysts in the sports rights in­dus­try ex­pect Ap­ple to use some of its vast pile of cash to bid for the right to show live sports events. As bid­ding for the next round of English Pre­mier League foot­ball rights got un­der­way in Fe­bru­ary, there was even spec­u­la­tion that Ap­ple could bid for the right to show live foot­ball.

Much of what Ap­ple launched last year was aimed at de­vel­op­ers. HomeKit, HealthKit, WatchKit, and the new pro­gram­ming lan­guage, Swift, were all de­signed to make it eas­ier than ever to de­velop apps for both iOS and OS X. Ap­ple’s in­ten­tion is clear: by mak­ing it as easy as pos­si­ble, and po­ten­tially lu­cra­tive, to de­velop for its plat­forms, it hopes to at­tract the world’s best soft­ware de­vel­op­ers. And that can only be very good news in­deed for us, its cus­tomers.

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