We only have hours left to witness WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4th, and is always the case with Apple’s developer conference. This year’s event will be something of a surprise, but we haven’t heard many details on what’s coming. The only thing we know that we are going to be shown new versions of Apple’s software at the very best rather no hardware announcements.
There are also possibilities that we may see some new hardware though, but for now, we do not really know for sure what Tim Cook and his team will be announcing.
What to expect from WWDC 2018 is in question, it that it has the potential to be a big few days for Apple, let alone all the developers in attendance. Apple uses WWDC to preview new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and this time in the year 2018 will be no exception, adding HomePodOS 12 to the list. Oftentimes, new hardware, such as refreshed Macs, debuts at the event, but this year, rumors suggest we’re only going to seeing software from Apple.
In the post below, we’ve outlined everything that we expect Apple to introduce at WWDC based on the rumors that have circulated in the months leading up to the event. There are some absolute givens, such as iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, but what will they entail? Let’s have a think, shall we?
With iOS 12, Apple is going to focus on introducing bug fixes and patches to existing features in an attempt to avoid some of the issues that popped up with iOS 11 over the course of the year. If the rumors turn out to be accurate, then this year’s iOS version will focus more on stability and performance improvements than adding new features.
The Cupertino-based company is initially planning to introduce a range of new features that included a refresh of the Home screen with a redesigned app grid, a revamped CarPlay interface, improvements to core apps like Mail, and new feature additions for the Camera and Photos app., but these features have been delayed until 2019, according to Bloomberg, to focus on under-the-hood improvements.
That doesn’t mean there is nothing to look forward to. Improved parental control as well as “digital health” features are expected to arrive, as is the integration of Emoji 11.0. Beyond that, there are other features Apple decided to work on getting all of its ducks in a row. We are also expecting to see some significant additions to the iOS operating system.
There will be some kind of cross-platform functionality with macOS that’s designed to allow developers to create a single app that will work on iPhones, iPads, and Macs, which would successfully boost the number of Mac apps available to download. Right now, Apple uses entirely separate stores for Mac and iOS apps.
The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be adding new Animoji on the iPhone X. iOS 12 will bring the landscape support for Face ID that’s designed for the upcoming iPad Pro models that are expected to adopt Face ID. Landscape support will also presumably be available for the iPhone X.
In addition to iOS 12 Animoji, we may also see Animoji integration into FaceTime, allowing people to use the animated emoji characters when making a video call. It is also said Apple working on multi-person FaceTime calls, but it’s not clear as yet if this functionality will be ready for a 2018 debut.
Another major new feature planned for iOS 12 update includes a suite of new digital health tools, which are designed to let users better monitor how much time they spend on their iPhones and iPads and how much they spent time within apps. These tools will also be available for parents to monitor their children’s device usage. The aim of Apple’s new digital tools is to alleviate concerns about smartphone addiction.
Enhanced Do Not Disturb controls will go hand in hand with the digital health tools, giving users more options for automatically rejecting calls and silencing notifications. For more on this, read: iOS 12 Beta Download, Rumors, Features, Release Date [Everything We Know So Far].
As already discussed, macOS 10.14 may be gaining support for cross-platform apps, allowing apps designed for iOS to also run on the Mac. At present, Developers create an iOS app and a macOS app, both of which are fundamentally different and have homes in completely different stores. Development is also different for both, but if the reports claimed are true, then Apple is working on unifying Mac and iPhone/iPad development systems to allow developers to create universal apps in the same way they can now for the iPhone and iPad to also run on the Mac.
As part of this initiative, some iOS-only apps like Health, Home, and others may also be available on the Mac going forward. Adding macOS apps to the mix will help developers and, potentially, breathe new life into the Mac App Store.
Latest macOS 10.14 video leak has revealed that the Mac operating system will feature Apple News app, system-wide dark mode as well as revamped Mac App Store. We’re also expecting Apple to add support for the new Apple Filesystem for Fusion Drivers in macOS 10.14 based on some recent comments.
tvOS 12, watchOS 5 and New HomePod Software
Along with iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, we’re going to see updates to tvOS 12 and watchOS 5, but we haven’t heard on what new features might be coming in these software updates.
Currently, speaking about the watchOS 5. That might change at last-minute though, we’ll update the post in case we hear anything new about watchOS 5 but expect Apple to announce the next major software update for Apple Watch at WWDC this year.
Just like watchOS 5, tvOS 12 are historically smaller update than other operating systems and don’t receive as much attention, leaving the features largely a surprise. The Apple TV remains Apple’s “hobby,” no matter how much it protests, and we do not expect huge changes this year.
This is the first WWDC where we’ve had the HomePod and it has its own operating system and may get revisions on the same update schedule as Apple’s other software updates, at least in beta form. These include an improved Sirikit as well as HomeKit capabilities but it’s the inclusion of multi-user profiles that could arguably make the biggest difference to most people’s use of the HomePod. This is Apple’s latest baby, and we’re hoping that it pulls a rabbit out of the bag here, so fingers crossed for a surprise or two.
Hardware Updates, if any?
Bezel-less iPad Pro concept by Benjamin Geskin
There is no doubt where Apple uses the Worldwide Developers Conference to launch new hardware products. In 2017, Apple unveiled new iPad Pro models and debuted refreshed MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and iMacs.
According to a recent report from Bloomberg has now dismissed all of that suggesting that this year WWDC will be all about software, and not be introducing any hardware at the event, instead.
iPhone SE 2?
Rumors about the second-generation iPhone SE 2018 have already been in place, making it difficult to nail down what Apple has planned for the 4-inch iPhone SE 2. From small design changes to a major overhaul that includes Face ID camera system and an iPhone X-style design, something that seems unlikely for a device that Apple has positioned as its most affordable.
We might finally hear some details on modular Mac Pro that Apple confirmed last year that it was coming sometime in 2018 even if latest reports suggest Apple’s most ambitious Mac Pro till date will now come in 2019 instead of 2018.
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