Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference is due to take place in a matter of hours. Unusually this year there have been very few rumours about what to expect.
This can either mean one of two things, Apple have doubled down on secrecy, or there simply isn’t much on the cards for the event. it’s worth bearing in mind tho, that it is much easier for Apple to keep software features and updates a secret, than it is for physical products such as iPhone and iPad announcements.
WWDC has always been a software event for Apple, a place where the next IOS and Mac software is announced. That doesn’t mean tho that hardware products are completely out of the question, it has been known for Apple to announce new MacBook’s at WWDC events, in fact they did so in 2012 with the announcement of the retina Macbook Pro, and in 2013 when they announced the Mac Pro.
There have been reports that a new redesigned Macbook Pro is in the works, it is unknown if it will make an appearance at the WWDC event or later in the year.
a Macbook Pro redesign has been talked about for a while now, in fact there have been a couple of leaks and reports surrounding the alleged laptop. Ming-Chi-Kuo a very reliable Apple analyst who predicted the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro and Apple TV 4 last year, issued a report that said Apple is working on and planning on releasing a redesigned Macbook Pro in the 4th Quarter of 2016.
The report goes on to state that the new redesign of the Macbook Pro will take elements (such as the butterfly keyboard) from the 12” Macbook that Apple unveiled last year. Another interesting feature that is said to be making it’s way to the Macbook Pro this year, is an OLED Touch Panel that will replace the function keys at the top of the keyboard, possibly allowing users to set their own shortcuts when in desktop apps such as Photoshop, Pages, Safari and so on.
This could be a very useful feature if the rumours are true.
As a Mac user who is looking to upgrade, this is something I’m looking for when thinking about replacing my now ageing 2011 Macbook Pro.
Not long after Ming-Chi-Kuo’s report, an alleged leak of the Macbook Pro surfaced online.
Moving on and putting Macbook Pro rumours aside, there are a couple of things that we are certain to see at WWDC, an IOS update (IOS 10 this year) and a OS X update (altho the name might change to MacOS).
IOS 10 is set to make an appearance this year, even tho we are only a few hours away from the event, very little is know about what features might be making an appearance. Below is a short list of what we might get to see:
More integrated 3D Touch (iPhone 6S and 6S Plus feature)
The ability to hide pre-installed apps
improved security features
Improvement to Siri
As i mentioned, information about the new IOS is very light on the ground this year, the above mentioned features are only guess work and rumour of what we MIGHT get to see from Apple’s IOS 10.
OS X is also another OS that is light on information this year, the only consistent rumour is that Siri will be making it’s way to the Mac operating system. Also we may see a name change from OSX to MacOS in order for the naming system to fit inline with Apple’s other systems (IOS, WatchOS TVOS).
Mac’s are the wildcard at the moment, there is a 50/50 chance we may see them at the event. Apple could decide to announce them for later in the year (much like they did with the Mac Pro at WWDC in 2013) OR they could be delayed and Apple will keep them under wraps for later in the year.
Other possibilities of what we may see are
WatchOS updates with possible 3rd party watch faces
TVOS updates, these are all highly possible, but once again not much information (if any) is known about any features or updates.
It certainly appears that Apple are keeping things under wraps for this years WWDC, there isn’t even any hints or clues hidden within the banners that have been put up at the event location itself, this is something Apple usually does every year especially at WWDC.
Even the location of the event itself is a bit of an odd choice for Apple’s WWDC, they usually hold the keynote at the Moscone Centre, but this year they have chosen to hold the keynote itself at the much larger (seats around 7,000 people) Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the exact same building where Apple announced the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro (12.9”) and the Apple TV 4, in September 2015.
Apple’s WWDC keynote will be starting at 6pm UK time, you can tune into the event (requires Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming Technology) on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch with Safari on IOS 7.0 or later, you can also view on a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X. If your a PC user you can watch the live event with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.