Here’s what to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2017
Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner and the keynote surely has software developers holding their breath.
Here is a list of things that we expect Apple to talk about at the WWDC 2017.
It’d be a bit of a stretch to think that Apple might actually release the much-awaited iPhone 8 at the conference. The iPhones are usually released around the month of September and therefore a June release is unlikely. But given that 2017 is iPhone’s 10th year anniversary, one can expect some teasers of the next beast.
This will definitely be the most anticipated presentation of all. iOS is expected to get an updated user interface, as reported by Bloomberg earlier this month. It will most likely get a dark mode which will help save battery on the iPhone 8 which is expected to have an OLED screen.
Apart from that, even Facetime is expected to get a major upgrade which will allow group video conversations with upto 5 people at once. It’s also been reported that a free Facetime call will be the default option while trying to connect with other iPhones.
The Wallet app is also slated for a revamp and will most likely be renamed to Pay. A recent Recode report says that Apple has been working on peer-to-peer payments service which will allow users to send money to each other over social feeds (iMessage maybe).
iOS 11 will also better on the low-power battery mode which will now be contextually aware and acclimatize to the user’s location and usage patterns.
It’s fair to say that development of Siri has taken a backseat and hasn’t progressed a lot in the last couple of years. With rivals like Google Assistant’s and Amazon Alexa’s abilities increasing in leaps and bounds, Apple is expected to step up the game and finally give Siri the much-awaited facelift. Siri is expected to get a lot smarter as it will build on its contextual learning abilities and better integrate with other applications like iCloud and iMessage.
Even though WWDC is a software-centric event, Apple is expected to launch a 10.5-inch iPad Pro which will be about the same size as the existing 9.7-inch model, but, will come with smaller bezels.
Bloomberg also reported that iPad may get more updates regarding the use of Pencil and will update its Mail and Safari applications to make it more compatible and usable with the Pencil. Apple is also expected to improve on the iPad’s multi-tasking abilities and this year we might finally get to see multiple user accounts too.
Watch OS & TV OS
Apple is sure expected to have updates on the Watch OS in the pipeline. Unfortunately, there’s no word on what change we will be seeing at the WWDC.
On the other hand, tvOS is expected to get much more interactive as quoted by Apple TV executive Eddy Cue in an interview with the The Verge earlier this year. Amazon Prime Video also might finally work on Apple TVs starting this summer.
Since Intel has a new line of processors now, Apple is expected to give the Macbook internals a bump and offer Macbooks which will be a bit more powerful and offer a bit better battery life.
Google Home & Amazon Echo Rival
Lastly, the most interesting of all is a rumour that Apple might actually be working on a ‘Siri Speaker’ to rival the likes of Echo and Home. It will offer virtual surround sound technology and will have deep integration with Apple’s product lineup.
Stay tuned to EOTO for more news on the Apple WWDC 2017.