iOS, OS X, Apple Watch and Apple TV
A little more worldly and a little bit wider, Apple is bound to start off its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote touting inroads into China (worldly) and sales of the Apple Watch, a new product category (wider).
At least, that's what we expect from minute one of WWDC 2015, which officially starts on June 8 at 11am Cupertino time, 1pm Eastern and 7pm BST.
The Apple keynote will really get interesting when Tim Cook graces the stage, wearing an Apple Watch of course, to tout what we expect are two new operating system revisions.
The latest versions of its mobile-based iOS and computer-based OS X software are likely to be joined by new Apple TV hardware, one with serious content players to take on old-fashioned cable companies. Finally.
Yes, we may hear about the future of live streaming content while live streaming this Apple keynote. Before we boot up the always-required Safari browser in order to watch this event next month, let's review what's expected and rumored about WWDC 2015.
iOS 9 beta or just iOS 8.4?
Apple's WWDC keynotes have, in the past, given us our first glimpse of the new iOS version, but as much as we want to see the new iOS 9 release date and features, it may not happen.
An artist-infused social network has also been partially leaked via the ongoing iOS 8.4 beta. Musicians can add song samples, pictures, videos and concert updates for followers.
But that's just half of the story for WWDC 2015. Expect Apple to pledge more stable iOS updates from here on out. Wi-Fi and battery drains bugs, begone.
There's still a chance Apple will tease iOS 9. With it, we expect greater stability, a smaller download size, public transit directions and a smarter version of Siri.
OS X 11 beta for Macs
There are a lot of new Macs out there, and these upgraded machines are due for an updated operating system, or at least a preview of one.
The software-focused WWDC 2015 keynote makes it the ideal location to unveil an OS X 11 beta to Apple-enrolled developers, one that makes Force Touch more than just a tech demo.
Its behind-the-scenes enhancements are expected to make it faster and more stable than OS X 10 Yosemite, and further tie it and iOS together, but not merge them.
Apple Watch sales and update
The first Apple Watch update is already being downloaded by early adopters of the smartwatch, but there are more features to come.
An official tally of Apple Watch sales may kick off the keynote. Projections beyond pre-orders have been scarce, though estimates indicate it sold more in its first day than Android Wear did in its first five months.
Apple TV, but not a television
Don't expect an Apple television at this WWDC, or any keynote in the near future, for that matter . The company is reportedly pulled the plug on such an idea.
iPads, Macs, iPhone 6S and... iPods?
'Think Different' about iPad
Recent iPad sales have made it clear that Apple needs to think different about its iPad line. Yes, it's the best tablet on sale, but its sales are being "cannibalized."
Apple can do two things to reinvigorate its iPads. First, it could very well use WWDC 2015 to unveil the iPad Pro. With specs like a 12.9-inch display, the larger iPad would be well suited for businesses and stores that need cash register replacements.
Second, iOS 9 could pave the way to more enterprise-ready features. Cook backs up this theory by saying, "I still am a big believer for iPad to play in a major way in enterprise."
Apple often reserves new Mac announcements for its Worldwide Developers Conference, but are there any new computers left to update?
What's left? The MacBook Air may finally get a Retina screen or Force Touch trackpad, but it could cannibalize the new MacBook on one end and 13-inch Macbook Pro on the other.
Apple's mini tower, the Mac Pro, was announced in December 2013, but the company is often slower to update its desktop PCs with upgradeable parts. Mac Mini got a refresh in October 2014. Slim pickings to say the least.
It won't go away: iPod Touch rumors
Apple has three possible directions with the iPod Touch: upgrade it at WWDC, upgrade it at its next iPhone event, likely in August or September, or axe it altogether when iOS 9 arrives.
Yes, everyone's focus is on the new iPhone, but the desire for an iPod Touch 6G has a cult following, one that doesn't need a monthly carrier fee to access their favorite apps.
iPhone 6S tease
That doesn't mean the company won't throw out subtle hints as to what to expect from the new iPhone. Often times, the iOS beta software tips its hand to new hardware.
Apple WWDC wrap-up
Nothing about Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote is certain until it starts live streaming on June 8 at 11am Pacific, 1pm Eastern and 7pm BST.
New Macs, the 12-inch iPad Pro, a new iPod Touch and iOS 9 are long shots at this point, but we could all be in for a "one more thing surprise."
More than anything, it's a software-focused conference, so iOS 8.4 and OS X 11 are natural shoo-ins. All of the new Apple TV rumors make that the most certain hardware centerpiece.
Apple shook up the smartphone market with the original iPhone, introduced the defining tablet with the iPad and is now outselling its competitors with the Apple Watch. It may do the same with television next month, just not with a flat-screen.