Healthbook? New MacBook Airs? Here are a few things to look out for on Monday.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday, and if history is any indication there will be several executives in untucked shirts (and also software and possibly hardware updates). A year ago, CEO Tim Cook was promising investors “exciting new product categories” in 2014. And earlier this week iTunes chief Eddy Cue said the company has got “the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” With no major unveilings thus far, and since Apple’s fiscal year ends in September, productivity in the United States is expected to drop considerably during the keynote presentation in anticipation of a new product unveiling. Then again, it’s just as likely that we’ll get nothing but software updates and have to wait until the fall for any consumer hardware news. There’s only one way to find out.
We’ll be covering the event live as it happens (it starts at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern), but until then, here’s a roundup of some of the more popular rumors bubbling.
“Studies showed that while participants thought that their sarcasm would be communicated 80% of the time over email, in fact it was only communicated a little more than half the time.”—Here’s Why No One Gets Your Sarcastic Emails
Fast Company looks at OS X and wonders if it’s been neglected for too long. I don’t think Apple is the only company guilty of ignoring desktop for mobile and I think it’s very short-sighted. Tablets and mobile are great, but there are still an awful lot of people who need to sit down in front of a keyboard and get serious work done for hours at a time. It might be a shrinking market, but it’s still pretty big. If the existing players continue to ignore desktop, someone is going to swoop in and grab market share. I’m hoping that someone is a Linux-based company.
“When we find a [genetic] defect, very few times does that give a direct path towards developing a therapy or intervention,” says Stephen Friend, president of Sage Bionetworks, the biomedical research non-profit leading the project. “What if we flipped what we were trying to do? Maybe those who are sick are the wrong people to be studying.”—Searching For The Hidden Health Heroes Whose DNA Prevents Disease