What to Expect at WWDC 2018
It’s already June and the Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is just around the corner. As a matter of fact, things kick off in San Jose on June 4th Monday morning at 10 AM PT. The crux of the conference will be focused on developers. Apple is also ready to make some big announcements on the consumer side as well.
Undoubtedly, iOS and MacOS will be the focus of the show but ARKit, Home Kit, Watch OS and some hardware also are likely to make strong showings at the event. Here are some best-educated guesses at what the company will be showing off.
The company just released the latest update to its mobile OS just before a week. 11.4 provides some key insight into the state of the ecosystem. They added AirPlay and improved HomePod functionality. A glimpse at iOS 12 could well be on the schedule – It is is more about increasing the overall stability of the OS such as including bug fixes and helping improve the updates, rather than focusing on the latest flashy features.
Apple’s desktop OS seems poised to get a little less love than its mobile counterpart. In fact, the biggest rumour on this front is the addition of so-called “Universal Apps”. This would essentially give seamless syncing between apps on the two operating systems, allowing users to switch between devices.
Got renamed as Wear OS but got virtually no love at Google I/O. Apple’s own wearable initiative has been a much more consistent success story for the company. We may probably get a glimpse at Watch OS 5. How the wearable OS will look like is strictly conjecture at the moment, but the long-awaited addition of Spotify has been rumoured.
ARKit blends digital objects and information with the environment around you entirely in a new way. ARKIT 2.0 has been rumoured for the event, bringing the ability for multiple users to share the same AR environment.
As it is a developer conference, the hardware is not the primary focus but it always seems to sneak its way in. After all, Apple’s already got the eyes of the tech world on it this week, so why announce some new gadgets?
New MacBook Pros, new-new version of the QWERTY, new MacBook Air are the reasonable candidates and AirPower is another wildcard.