New Apple TV and iWatch will be MIA at WWDC next month

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A next-gen Apple TV concept with touchscreen remote

Those hoping to get a peek at Apple’s game-changing future products at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference reportedly need to “dial back [their] expectations or be disappointed.”

Despite Tim Cook’s promise from the WWDC stage last year that Cupertino would enter “new product categories,” no big reveals are forthcoming on the iWatch or Apple TV fronts at this year’s big conference, according to a report from Re/code.

Rumors have predicted the iWatch’s arrival in the fall at the earliest anyway, so the exclusion of that product shouldn’t come as a surprise. A lack of news related to the Apple TV is more surprising.

Apple has been preparing a big update to the Apple TV for a while now, and new hardware was expected to be shown as early as last fall. After that didn’t pan out, more recent reports have pegged the update to arrive in the first half of this year.

What little is known about the next-gen Apple TV is that it will be heavily focused on gaming and possibly implement motion-tracking technology.

There’s also the possibility that Apple will open up the ability for devs to make third-party apps like they can for the App Store. On a recent episode of The Talk Show, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber said Apple has some “amazing engineers” working on the project. He added that there is no way they would be “working on the Apple TV as we know it.”

If the next Apple TV really does have its own App Store and fancy motion sensors, Apple likely wouldn’t want it to share the stage with everything at WWDC anyway.

So what can we expect at WWDC? The most recent word on the street is that Apple will primarily focus on a heavily redesigned version of OS X. And iOS 8, of course.

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