Apple’s WWDC Is the Wrong Place to Find Devices; Computex Proves It


Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference is chugging along, but way across the Pacific Ocean there’s plenty of hoopla going on for everything not-Apple, and that may be where the attention actually belongs.

Expectations may have been optimistically (read: irrationally) high for WWDC, as some Apple fans were hopeful that the Cupertino-based company would unveil the oft-rumored iTV or iWatch, or maybe even the iPhone 6 well ahead of its typical product timeline. Instead of these, Apple has unveiled a suite of upgrades and enhancements to its operating system environment. On top of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a number of new features like seamless integration between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It also introduced HealthKit and HomeKit, for health and activity tracking and home automation. While some of this will be important to consumers, this conference is after all for developers. So, it makes perfect sense for developers to keep their focus on WWDC.

Consumers, on the other hand, might find a lot more to ooh and aah about at Computex, the tech trade show going on in Taipei, Taiwan. The show features dozens of major manufacturers and software makers from both Taiwan and around the world, including big names like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), AcerAsus (ASUUY.PK), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), and even Ford (NYSE:F). It features plenty of devices for consumers to gawk at in contrast to the WWDC’s lack of hardware. The products range from tiny computer chips constructed on building blocks smaller than silt to smartphones, tablets, and computers at the top of the game.