So, it’s that time of the year again where Apple gives the world a look at what it’s been up to.
Apple will kick off this year’s WWDC with a keynote presentation where the company’s top executives will take the stage to talk about the big releases. WWDC is traditionally a software centric show with a major focus on iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Every year Apple shows us what the next version of these OS will look like and what all new features will be there. But this year, there have been rumours that we should expect some hardware news too.
The keynote will start at 10:30PM(IST) on 5th June and here’s what to expect from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
iOS 11 would have an updated user interface according to Bloomberg which might include the long awaited Dark Mode for the entire operating system, which will change most backgrounds from white to black.
iPad Pro features
Apple can do a lot to improve iPad’s multitasking to offer a real pro experience on the iPad Pro. Implementing this drag and drop feature would be a good start. Support for multiple user accounts is also expected.
Last year, some of the biggest changes to iOS came through stock apps like iMessage and Photos so it’d not be surprising to see Apple continuing that kind of push this year as well.
We have not heard anything about the Apple Music as Apple is quiet when it comes to what it’s working on. However, it seems that Apple Music will be reworked this year to better feature video. This will be a good move as Apple’s first original shows, Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps.
Apple’s virtual assistant is smart and has been getting one-upped and lapped in the past couple years. If Apple wants to take on the Amazon Echo and Google Home, Siri is going to need to do a better job at connecting third party apps and giving information to you. Integration of Siri with Google Maps is one thing that I personally want to see happening.
There hasn’t been many changes to the macOS in years apart from its name but Apple will certainly keep adding new features here and there. Siri was introduced last year to the macOS but it was missing third-party support so this year, it can get more powerful.
watchOS and tvOS:
watchOS and tvOS are Apple’s two youngest operating system and have been getting very useful. This time around there’s no word on what to expect. watchOS still needs work on how it displays apps whereas tvOS needs improvement on the classic TV guide.
According to a report from BuzzFeed news, Amazon Prime Video will finally run on Apple TV
Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home will be announced on Monday. What will it look like? What will it do? These questions can’t be answered and are speculations for now. We don’t even know whether it’ll have a screen or not. The speaker is one reason to expect updates to Siri this year.
There are some basic details that we know so far. Bloomberg recently said that Apple has started manufacturing the speaker and it’ll feature “virtual surround sound” to provide better quality. It’ll also function as a hub for HomeKit, Apple’s smart home system.
A new iPad
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple has been working on a 10.5 inch version of the iPad Pro and will likely introduce it at WWDC. The new model is supposed to be about the same size as the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but it’ll be able to fit a larger screen by narrowing down the device’s bezels. This is highly unlikely to happen according to me as WWDC would be an unusual timing for an iPad launch.
Updated MacBooks and MacBook Pros
No major updates to the MacBooks but they might get some spec bumps. Apple might update the MacBook Pro by offering a little more power by using Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors.
This pretty much all we can expect from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
Again, the keynote will start at 10:30PM on June 5th.