(USA TODAY) -- They were wildcards, but we still wanted them.
Apple covered a lot of ground at the kickoff of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Monday, including home automation and a new health app. The company didn't introduce new hardware (you know, the really exciting stuff), but the WWDC has always been mostly about software. Even knowing that, we were still kind of hoping for:
Wearable tech: We want it, and we thought we might actually get it Monday. Apple has reportedly been working on an iWatch, and there was enough buzz that we believed it might hit the stage at the conference. The first reports of Apple's smartwatch plans appeared last year, when multiple outlets claimed the company was experimenting with a device that runs the iOS mobile operating system. A New York Times report in February claimed the company was experimenting with solar chargingfor its wearable gadget. And wearable hardware would be a natural pairing with the Health app that was announced Monday.
Apple/Beats announcement: With Apple's $3 billion acquisition last week of Beats Electronics, we were hoping for some details on how it plans to plug the music industry cred of Beats co-founder and legendary rap producer Dr. Dre into Apple's marketing machine. We also want to know how having veteran industry executive Jimmy Iovine, Beats' other co-founder, along as a partner could help the the company gain ground in the music space (maybe in future music-licensing negotiations with the big labels). Apple has seen declining download sales and has lost the cool factor it once had with iPods.
Plans for the iPhone 6: Who doesn't want to know what's coming in the next iPhone? There are big expectations for Apple's iPhone 6. The buzz is around a larger display screen, and while early rumors suggested Apple would launch both a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone this fall, the consensus is that the 5.7-inch iPhone has been pushed back toward the end of the year. But a 4.7-inch display would add almost three quarters of an inch to the current diagonal measure of the iPhone 5s, enough to push Apple into that proven market for larger displays.