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5 questions for Apple to answer at WWDC

Blair Hanley Frank | June 13, 2016
The Apple Watch, Cortana and HomeKit could all use updates

The Mac App Store (MAS) was supposed to duplicate the success of the phone app store on the desktop, but instead, it has languished. Some developers who initially built and deployed apps on the store have pulled them, while others have stopped updating them.

An easy fix could be to alleviate some of the sandboxing restrictions that prevent developers from releasing applications through the store. Another option would be to start enabling upgrade discounts — something that developers often rely on outside of the Mac App Store, but which Apple has been reluctant to officially allow through either of its digital stores.

What’s HomeKit’s role in the smart home ecosystem?

Two years ago, Apple unveiled HomeKit, a set of developer tools for connecting smart home devices with iOS devices, so people can do things like tell Siri to turn off their lights.

But not much has happened since. The number of HomeKit enabled devices is woefully small, with a number of leading smart home brands absent from Apple’s platform. WWDC would be a great time to outline how the company is thinking about its place in the growing smart home ecosystem, especially as Google and Amazon make big plays to be a part of that world.

Where does the road lead for CarPlay?

A big question for Apple’s connected car initiative is greater compatibility for CarPlay. As it stands, consumers have to either buy a car that’s CarPlay ready, or buy an aftermarket console and get it installed into their vehicle.

Google announced last month that the next version of its mobile operating system will let people run Android Auto on their phones, no dedicated hardware required. WWDC could see Apple make a similar announcement.

Apple’s keynote kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday morning. Stay tuned to see what the company has in store.

 

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