WWDC is one of the biggest events Apple holds every year, where the Cupertino company announces updates headed to iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. Last year, Apple introduced a lot of big things like HomePod Speaker, iMac Pro, improved Siri, multitasking features, 10.5 inch iPad Pro and a whole slew of iMessage features.
This year’s WWDC event is expected to arrive sometime in June. The rumors for this year’s event have been floating around for months, with hints of new hardware and software updates. In this article, we are going to give you a preview of what Apple may announce at this year’s WWDC.
Last year, Apple officially announced iOS 11, the next major software update to iOS. iOS 11 was not a huge upgrade over its predecessor at launch, but it’s getting much better and better thanks to recent updates.
At this year’s event, we are expecting to see the announcement of iOS 12. There is not much to tell at this moment, but iPhone and iPad owners want to get an official dark mode. In reality, Apple secretly added a dark mode to iOS 11, known as Smart Invert to iOS 11 in an attempt to satisfy your dark mode needs.
Rumors say that iOS 12 might come with a new home screen and improvements to your favorite apps like Mail, Camera, and Photos. iMessages might get a huge update in iOS 12, with better support for third-party apps.
watchOS 4 has been available for months only, but we have started to hear rumors of new features coming in watchOS 5. With watchOS 5, we are expecting to see a better support for third-party watch faces. In reality, there are now different ways to customize your watch’s home screen, but we need more than that.
Rumors say that watchOS 5 might include support for always-on face. This is not something new out there, as the always-on display has become the standard feature on top-tier smartphones for years. However, we would still want to see it as an option in watchOS 5.
A cheaper iPhone X
Last year, Apple introduced its special iPhone X following months of endless rumors. With premium components and exclusive features, the iPhone X does not come cheap out there. If you choose to go for the SIM-free option, then you are looking at around $999 for the starting 64 GB model.
At this year’s WWDC, we are expecting to see the unveiling of a cheaper iPhone X. Tech experts say that an iPhone X with a lower price tag might help Apple boost iPhone X sales performance in emerging markets.
Some recent reports say that Apple might introduce three new iPhone models this year, including an affordable iPhone X. Reports also claim that Apple might remove a few premium components to get a lower price tag.
In March 2017, Apple announced a cheaper 9.7 inch iPad that replaces the Air 2 and the Mini 2. The 9.7 inch iPad carried a $329 price tag at launch, making it the cheapest iPad ever released to the public. At this year’s event, we are expecting to see the announcement of a new 9.7 inch iPad. Tech experts say that 2018 iPads might sport a new design and hardware improvements.
Apple hardly announces new MacBook models at its WWDC event. Last year, Apple unveiled updated iMac desktops with much improved Retina displays, graphics improvements, and Kaby Lake processors.
This year, Apple might introduce a new MacBook at its WWDC even. Tech experts say that new MacBook models might come with improvements to internals and slight design changes.
Also read: 5 common iOS 11 problems and how to fix them
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