Apple has confirmed its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will kick off on 4th June, sparking a wave of excitement over what will be unveiled at this year's event.
WWDC has traditionally been focused on software, but in the past Apple hasn't been averse to showing off new hardware in order to spark interest in the run up to its autumn iPhone launch.
With 2018’s pow-wow confirmed, here are five things to expect from WWDC.
1 iOS 12
New software for iPhone and iPad is nailed on for WWDC. Apple always uses its developer gathering to showcase its plans for the next–generation of iOS and 2018 will be no different.
Judiciously leaked stories in recent months suggest that iOS 12 will be all about refinement rather than revolution.
Software execs have apparently been told to stop working on overhauling the iPhone’s home screen and instead focus on stabilising the platform. That’s not to say there won’t be new features.
FaceTime is said to be getting group chat and Animoji support, while rumours are swirling about a single app to house messages from all major platforms in one place.
What else is iOS 12 bringing to iPhones? We take a closer look.
2 iPhone SE 2
Apple hasn’t unveiled an iPhone at WWDC since the iconic iPhone 4 in 2010.
However, with its updated iPhone X range not due until September and sales of current models said to be more sluggish than expected, a new iPhone appearing in June could give Apple a boost.
The iPhone SE 2 has long been rumoured to feature similar internal specs to 2016’s iPhone 7, along with a 4–inch screen and a design which cleaves to the current iPhone SE. File this one under maybe.
What's new with the second-generation iPhone SE? Here's what you need to know.
3 New iPad Pro models
After unveiling new iPad Pros at WWDC last year, Apple looks set to do the same again in 2018.
A new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, citing supply chain sources, says Apple will likely reveal a new version of its larger 12.9–inch iPad Pro, as well as a model featuring an 11–inch screen.
The latter represents a jump from the current 10.5–inch model and is said to feature thinner bezels. Both are believed to drop their home button in favour of Face ID.
4 New Apple Watch software
Having updated the Apple Watch in late 2017, the focus is set to be firmly on what these smart watches can do, rather than revealing new hardware.
watchOS 5 should come with changes to the basic operating system of the Apple Watch, refining apps and offering new watch faces.
5 iOS apps for Mac
This is a big deal for Mac owners. Apple is said to be planning on unifying apps that work across iOS and Mac, meaning you’ll be able to stop what you’re doing on your portable device and pick up where you left off on your desktop.
In a world where the lines between PC and smartphone are increasingly blurred, this seems like a winner to us.
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