The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2016) is going to be held at the Bill Graham civic auditorium in San Francisco on June 13th. This fast approaching date of the start of the WWDC has left developers and non-developers tech fans in a state of curiosity as to what Apple will announce in its opening keynote.We are going to try and satisfy this curiosity based on recent rumors, speculations and conjecture, so let’s dive in.
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We can say with utmost confidence that iOS 10 will be taking center stage. Apple has been quite busy over the past few months trying to tweak its iOS 9 with updates, fixes and improvements but now is the time for iOS 10.
The new firmware will have a number of new additions which includes an updated Apple music experience which will have renewed focus on design and user interaction and a new universal HomeKit app which will ship as part of Apple’s suite of iOS applications and a redesigned stock Photos app.
Another interesting addition will be the extension to Apple Pay services which will allow online transactions to be made via websites and immediate payments to individuals through iMessage. There is still more, as developers will be getting access to a SIRI based SDK.
A developer and public beta seed will be available immediately but the final public release will take place with the launch of iPhone 7 in September.
OS X 10.2 or MacOS:
The introduction of OS X 10.2 is intriguing and is definitely scheduled for this year’s WWDC. However if it’s going to be launched as OS X 10.2 or MacOS is still under deliberation. Apple is also expected to launch a desktop platform with support for SIRI and Touch ID authentication via iPhone or iPad to unlock a Mac using the same apple ID on the network.
If this isn’t enough to arouse your interests then the MacOS/OS X photos app is expected to be redesigned to include the missing iPhotos features, and there is potential for integrating the Night Shift feature that came to iOS recently.
We can proclaim watchOS as one of the company’s most immature platforms along with tvOS. It clearly makes for an interesting conversation as Apple is still learning about the user base and what they want with the platform.
We don’t have a lot of leaks about what can we expect from version 3.0 of the platform but we can speculate based on our own selfish desires that Apple could lay the foundation for total personalization through the ability to create and add third party custom watch faces.
Apple’s tvOS which is responsible for powering the Apple TV is an extremely premature and constantly evolving platform. The Cupertino based giant can’t learn quickly from its mistakes and rectify them like iOS or OS X simply because the user base for tvOS isn’t that large.
The tvOS 10 could come with an overhauled Remote app which will add full support for Siri control on the Apple TV but “picture in picture” for video will also be a welcomed inclusion as well as Siri integration for searching deep within third party apps.
If all the rumors are true then this year’s WWDC is all about software. So it’s safe to say that there will be no new MacBook Pros, Apple watch 2 or Thunderbolt display at the event. Although we shouldn’t discount the fact that Apple might have a few surprises up its sleeves.
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What would you want to see Apple launch at this year’s WWDC. Let us know in the comment section below.