Things We Are Expecting From The Annual Apple WWDC 2018
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is all set to take place between June 4 and June 8 in San Jose, California. Since Apple uses WWDC to show off all the unique products that it has to offer in the coming year, it is anticipated they will do the same at Apple WWDC 2018 as well.
Apple has already announced its annual WWDC, and people want to know what plans the company has in place for its gadgets from the iPhone to the Mac and beyond. However, Apple might take a different route this time by focusing more on performance upgrades, and less on new features at Apple WWDC 2018.
Here’s what can be expected from this year’s WWDC:
iPad Pro 3 with Face ID Technology
The update in the iPad Pro at WWDC 2017 included improved internals and an addition of a new tablet that was of 10.5-inch. This year, Apple might choose to add a TrueDepth system and Face ID to the upcoming iPad Pro 3. Further, the tablet lineup might be more like iPhone X with bigger displays, home button, and slimmer bezels.
Cheaper and Affordable HomePod/Home Speaker
Supply chain rumors hint that Apple is likely to announce an updated and new version of HomePod at this years’ WWDC. The company had announced the device at WWDC in 2017. It is hence quite likely that there would be an update in the lineup this year. The price of the HomePod will most probably be priced between $150 and $200.
Apple will most probably introduce new updates and add new features to its watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS 10.14 platforms. The company is also trying to find a way to allow developers to create cross-platform apps, which are apps that can work on iPhone, Mac, and iPad.
iOS 12 Update
iOS 12 will most certainly be Apple’s biggest software update in 2018. With iOS, the company plans to focus more on stability and performance than new features. This is because Apple had to face severe criticism following many software related problems in the past few months. However, we can hope to hear the mention of some new features like parental controls, updates to FaceTime, and other important applications as well.
Apple’s Plan in the Augmented Reality (AR) Sphere
The company no doubt has many plans in the Augmented Reality sphere. It is highly unlikely that we get to see the much talked about a standalone pair of augmented reality glasses at WWDC 2018. However, there could be some mention of the AR as even the press announcement for WWDC gives out some hint. The all-white color scheme combined with minimal aesthetic looks is way too similar to the Apple Park AR experience.
New AirPods at WWDC 2018
The Homepod introduction (2017 WWDC) was the only hardware announcement that Apple had made at its developer conference. However, since the company is developing refreshed AirPods which includes its new wireless chip, new AirPods might be mentioned at this year’s WWDC. Bloomberg had reported way back in February that the new AirPods may be released sometime this year. It was mentioned that the wearer could have access to Apple’s digital assistant by just saying “Hey Siri.”
New Apple Watch software
The Apple Watch was updated last year. The focus this year would be more on what these watches are capable of doing. The watchOS 5 must include changes to the basic operating system of the Apple Watch, offering new watch faces, and refining apps.
Apple Working on iOS apps for Mac
Mac Owners will be happy to hear that Apple is working on bringing all apps that work on iOS and Mac together. This gives the user the freedom to stop work on the portable device and pick up where it was left from the desktop. There is every likelihood that Apple introduces this technology at WWDC 2018.
Entry-Level MacBook Air
The mention of MacBooks update might be made at WWDC 2018. According to Analyst forecasts and supply chain reports, Apple has plans to launch an entry-level MacBook or MacBook Air device in 2018. The MacBook is said to be around 13-inch and will be priced between $799 and $999.
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