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WWDC is right around the corner
WWDC is Apple’s yearly gathering of app developers, and the event it uses to unveil its upcoming software updates. iOS 12 is expected to be showcased alongside annual updates for macOS, watchOS, and tvOS – but could Apple have even more reveals up its sleeve this year?
Let’s take a look at the expected announcements.
All signs point to this being a year in which Apple chooses to focus mainly on behind-the-scenes performance in favor of flashy new features. It’s not as exciting as something like the long-rumored Home screen redesign, or the long-requested dark mode feature, but iOS has had its fair share of bugs lately and Apple will be putting stability and security above all else. Still, there’s bound to be some new features – and for once, the rumor mill has no idea what they might be! In an age where we usually know every last detail ahead of time, does it get any more exciting than that?
We’ll also see routine updates to macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. If you use a Mac, an Apple Watch, or an Apple TV, keep an eye on these announcements – though they may take a back seat to the more popular iOS system, most of the updates in this area won’t require new hardware and so could improve the devices you already own. Unless, of course, we see a radical new Apple Watch series 4 at WWDC this year.
iPhone SE 2
Apple is almost definitely set to ship a sequel to the pint-sized iPhone SE this year, with the rumors split on two things: exactly when it will be announced, and whether or not the design will be modernized or stay true to the tried-and-tested iPhone 5s look. Though WWDC isn’t typically a hardware event, exceptions have been made in the past and we wouldn’t be surprised to see some airtime for a non-flagship product like the iPhone SE.
It’s no secret that Apple has been spending big on original programming of late, and we might see some teasers for upcoming shows at WWDC. With the likes of Spielberg on board and a near-infinite well of resources to draw from, there could be some pretty exciting stuff on the horizon. Hopefully whatever Apple is planning will fare better than its wildly derided Planet of the Apps.
When is WWDC?
The conference lasts a week, but all the big announcements are made at the opening keynote speech. This year, that falls on June 4 in San Jose, and you can watch the presentation unfold live on the WWDC website.
Apple always puts on a good show, but don’t worry if watching two-hour developer keynotes isn’t your jam – we’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the important news.