Apples WWDC is scheduled for Monday. Traditionally, the big developer-focused event has been where the company gives us our first look at new software for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, and Macs. But sometimes we also receive new material.
While there’s still a bit of time before Tim Cook appears on stage and makes things official, here’s what we expect during the June 5 keynote.
When is WWDC?
This year’s WWDC runs from June 5-9. The keynote is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) Monday.
As in previous years, Apple will be post the keynote on its website and Apple’s YouTube page.
What are we waiting for?
The biggest rumor heading into this year’s WWDC is, of course, Apple headphones. Rumor has it that it works on a new “XROS”, the device could use mixed reality, a combination of virtual reality and augmented reality. There may be eye and hand tracking, high resolution screens and… a potential prize of $3,000.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently detailed how Apple plans to integrate sports, games, workouts and iPad apps into the headset to show what the new platform can do. Whether that’s enough to excite consumers and persuade them to drop three grand or get developers to commit to building apps for it remains to be seen.
macbook air 15
The MacBook Air has long been one of Apple’s most popular laptops. Frequently sold with a 13-inch screen, Apple has experimented with different sizes of Air in the past, including offering an 11-inch model for years. Rumors these days, however, suggest the company has a larger, 15-inch M2-powered Air ready to go. This again comes from Bloomberg’s Gurman, who expects the new laptop to be announced at this year’s event. It is about time.
While rumors point to an imminent announcement, it’s unclear how much Apple might charge for the new Air or how it might fit into the company’s existing MacBook lineup. The 2020 M1-powered 13.3-inch MacBook Air is still priced at $999, while the updated 2022 M2-powered 13.6-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,199. A 16-inch MacBook Pro, meanwhile, starts at $2,499. Could the 15-inch Air fall somewhere in the middle?
Apple Mac Pro M-series
Ah, the Mac Pro. Apple last updated the Mac Pro at WWDC in 2019. Despite some teasing that confirmed it was working on a new one powered by its Apple Silicon chips, the company has been largely silent about the super-powerful computer. Could the “other day” be June 5? It’s possible and Mac Pro fans might want to tune in, but with tempered expectations.
During an April appearance on The MacRumors ShowGurman, the Apple savant, suggests it could still happen this year but not at WWDC.
New software: iOS 17, WatchOS 10 and more
Along with all the hardware rumours, we can expect Apple to detail the latest updates coming this year to its iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS, and TVOS platforms.
Among the biggest iOS changes, Apple could finally add support for installing apps not downloaded from the App Store. The iPhone maker has has long resisted opening up its mobile software to allow sideloadingbut new European regulations may have forced his hand.
Other software changes that Apple may unveil include a new mental health app as well as widgets return to the Apple Watch. Bloomberg also reported on Apple may be turning locked iPhones into smart displays with iOS 17.
To learn more, see our expectations for WatchOS 10 And iOS17. More, every feature we think Apple should steal from Android 14.