The much-awaited Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2018 is all set to kick off on June 4th at the McEnery Convention Center in California. The event will run through till Friday 8 June, but most big announcements will take place on the first day with Tim Cook and other Apple Executives taking the stage.
Google showed what it has up its sleeve at Google IO, so WWDC is Apple’s chance to counter-act on it all. Hence, you can expect some major announcements from Apple for all its software platforms that are running on iPhone, iPad, Macs, Apple TVs, and Apple Watches.
2017’s WWDC saw Apple announce the HomePod, the new iPad Pro 12.9 as well as iPad Pro 10.5. Let’s take a look at what you can expect at the WWDC 2018.
And if you’re a developer yourself or aspire to become one, you should prepare yourself for what is to come for the entire year.
For now, let’s focus on what to expect at 2018’s WWDC!
There has been a lot of buzz lately about Apple looking out for new ways to give its Mac software market a boost. There were even reports of universal apps that would run on all Apple platforms like iPad, iPhone, and Mac, but Tim Cook shot the rumors down, so that’s off the table.
iOS 12 will undoubtedly be the star of WWDC 2018. Every year, Apple upgrades its iPhone software with new features and capabilities, but this around, what with iOS’s stability taking a hit in iOS 11, the Cupertino giant has promised that rather than going after new features in iOS 12, it’s targeting to bring stability in performance.
Apart from stability, Apple is working to improve security on iOS, therefore, if you’re expecting fireworks, the likes of which iOS 7 created, you’re in for slight disappointment. Apple is focusing on stability, and that’s what you should be expecting. There’s a small probability that iOS 12 will be compatible with iPhone 5s, although that’s a long shot again.
We’re sure to see some dramatic changes to Siri as well. What with Google’s Al Assistant making leaps in advancement, Apple is sure to feel the brunt of it all. But come WWDC, Apple is sure to make many wrongs right and probably unveil a far improved Siri for future Apple devices.
Health and fitness features on iOS will see some upgrades as well although it’s not clear what Apple is doing at the moment.
All iOS apps that ship with the iPhone are going to get the update treatment as well. FaceTime might see a redesign, while Maps, Mails, and other major iOS apps will likely see dramatic improvements.
Animoji might make an appearance on your iPhone in more places than Messages if rumors are true. For example, you might see them in FaceTime, and oh, they might be available on the new iPad as well that might be announced at the event as well.
Apple Watch 3 came with an LTE model, and made many advances in hardware as well. With watchOS 5, it’s Apple’s chance to release an update worthy of Apple Watch 3 and possibly show off the rumored sleep tracking feature that we’re all expecting. Along with that, you can expect to see more watch faces, possibly more customization options in Control Center, and more bells and whistles.
This is where the future lies and Apple won’t be holding itself back at WWDC 2018. Even at the 2016 WWDC, the company announced an AR Kit for developers that led to an increase in Augmented Reality apps on iOS devices. So it is likely that the company will now further delve into AR and release some new AR kit, and Tim Cook seems pretty serious about AR in general.
Even though the WWDC is a software focused event, there will still be major hype over the hardware products that might be announced.
iPhone SE 2
Rumors swirling around iPhone SE 2 have been the loudest. There are hundreds of thousands of Apple fans that still expect Apple to reveal an iPhone with the iPhone 5s form factor, and if things go as expected, we might see Apple unveil the iPhone SE 2.
While iPhone XI or iPhone X2, whatever Apple calls it, will most likely debut is September as do all major iPhone releases, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for iPhone SE 2 to be announced at WWDC in June and we couldn’t be more excited. With the smaller iPhone expected to inherit the look of iPhone X with the same ergonomic size, it’s sure to become a hit (as most iPhones are) with general Apple users.
iPad Pro 3
Apart from this Apple wants to introduce its latest Face ID technology to the iPad with the introduction of the iPad Pro 3. The iPad Pro 3 might borrow some of iPhone X design features which includes a bigger screen with the help of reduced bezels and no home button.
The new iPad Pro might come two sizes: 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch. They’ll include Face ID, the same bezel-less design and TrueDepth camera like the iPhone X.
Redesigned Mac Pro
“In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design, as well as a new high-end pro display.”
An updated Mac Pro has been long in the making, and professional Apple hardware users have sighed enough times for Apple to take notice. But Apple’s statement above from a press release suggests that WWDC could see Mac Pro announced, but it’s a long-shot.
With the redesigned Mac Pro, Apple could also reveal the “new high-end pro display” mentioned in the press release. Could it perhaps be an 8K display? Let’s wait and see.
With all these and far more announcements, one thing’s for sure; WWDC 2018 is going to be a busy event for developers around the world.
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