Apple today will be holding its highly anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose where they will be showcasing all the new things that Apple has developed since the previous year. The event will start at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time (10:30 PM Indian Standard Time).
How to watch the Keynote
If you aren’t lucky enough to make it to San Jose for WWDC 2017. You can watch the Livestream at Apple’s Developers Website. Apple users can also stream the keynote to their Apple devices through the WWDC Live application which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.
What all to expect from this year’s conference
Every year Apple’s Developer Conference grows in popularity due to the various new products it announces. This year is also similar as Apple is set to unveil its new and improved software lineup this time along with a few new hardware offerings.
As usual, Apple will be releasing new and improved software offerings. It is speculated that the following software offerings will be made:
Apple usually launches the new iOS every year at WWDC, to showcase it to their developers so that app changes can be made for compatibility.
Apple might introduce its rumoured social networking app for sharing the video as a part of its iOS 11. The rumours also point towards iPad specific changes being made in iOS 11 like expanding the support for its Apple Pencil, smoother onscreen scrolling, panning, and zooming.
Apple in 2016 updated its operating system OS X nomenclature, and 2017 will bring the second iteration of the operating system.
Apple might also remove the Apple Filesystem (APFS) from the developer beta and make offer it to the public in the new macOS 10.13. Currently, it can be used for boot or fusion drives in macOS Sierra with a few limitations to discourage normal users from using the APFS. This might change this year.
TVOS 11 and WatchOS 4
Both the tvOS and the Watch OS are due for an update this year. And there have been rumours regarding the launch of both. It is also rumoured that the first generation of the Apple watch will not be receiving an update to the WatchOS 4.
This time for the WWDC, Apple is heavily rumoured to be unveiling new hardware along with the software. It is speculated that the following software offerings will be made:
The artificially intelligent speaker market is booming and only has two major players currently holding the market Amazon and Google. Apple to tap this market is rumoured to launch a Siri-powered smart speaker at its developer’s conference in San Jose.
This new smart speaker will come with Siri and AirPlay support as per reports. The device will also have a built-in control panel and speakers from Beats technology that Apple acquired back in 2014. Rumours also suggest that this new device will also serve as a home hub for smart appliances.
10.5″ iPad Pro
Apple at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference might also introduce the long-rumoured 10.5-inch iPad Pro. This would be similar in size to the current iPad Pro but with smaller bezels.
This new iPad Pro can also bring in an improved processor, improved cameras, and overall better hardware. Alongside this, maybe a second generation Apple Pencil also will be launched.
Rumours also point towards the launch of two new models of MacBooks. One MacBook and the other MacBook Pro. These will be featuring upgraded processors, internal updates, and the new MacOS.
Rumours also suggest that Apple might update the MacBook Air but, industry analysts are saying that Apple will not be updating that machine anytime soon.