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WWDC 2023 Preview – what to expect from the June event

Apple’s next Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is right around the corner – it runs for five days starting Monday, June 5. The event will bring together developers from all over the world to learn about Apple’s latest technologies, tools, and frameworks.

WWDC 2023 will be streamed in its entirety online, just like the last few years, while some developers and students will have the chance to attend in person. But what exactly should regular users expect to take away from the event?

Well, as usual, Apple is expected to unveil new updates for its operating systems, including iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. This year’s updates are expected to focus on improving user experience, enhancing performance, and adding new features. One major change that could be coming with iOS 17 is the ability to sideload apps from third-party app stores, thanks to EU regulations forcing Apple’s hand.

There may also be announcements relating to hardware upgrades, possibly an updated MacBook Air or Mac Pro, and updates to Apple’s various services, such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, and iCloud.

But the most tantalizing prospect is Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset – potentially called Apple Reality Pro – which many analysts suggest will be unveiled at WWDC. This would be huge news and allow developers to get a headstart ahead of an expected release later this year or early in 2024.

Apple Reality Pro concept by ahmadcheni31

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Apple is also supporting up-and-coming young developers with its Swift Student Challenge, which asks student coders to create a 3-minute digital experience using Apple’s coding language, Swift. We also anticipate the reveal of this year’s Apple Design Award winners during WWDC. To whet your appetite, check out some of the previous winners.

You have to be a registered developer to watch the live streams, but we’ll be reporting on all the big announcements right here so you won’t miss a thing. Stay tuned!