The much-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) by Apple is approaching. Historically, this event has been a stage for Apple to reveal its latest software upgrades for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs. However, occasionally, we also get to witness thrilling hardware announcements. This year’s WWDC appears to belong to the latter group, as there are many rumors circulating about the possible launch of Apple’s mysterious augmented reality headset, a potential 15-inch MacBook Air, and the eagerly awaited Apple Silicon-powered Mac Pro.
While we eagerly await the official confirmation from Tim Cook, let’s take a look at what we can expect from the keynote address on June 5.
When is WWDC?
The WWDC event is scheduled to take place from June 5 to 9, and the opening keynote will begin at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Monday. Just like in previous years, Apple will be broadcasting the keynote live on its website, allowing people from around the world to participate and share in the excitement.
What do we expect?
The biggest rumor surrounding this year’s WWDC is about the highly anticipated Apple headset. According to the rumor, this device will operate on a new platform called “XROS” and is expected to combine virtual reality and augmented reality, creating a mixed-reality experience. It is speculated that the headset will have features like eye and hand tracking, high-resolution displays, and a potential price tag of $3,000. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has provided information about Apple’s plans to showcase the headset’s capabilities in sports, gaming, workouts, and integration with iPad apps. However, the challenge lies in convincing consumers to invest in such an expensive device and attracting developers to create apps specifically for this new platform.
MacBook Air 15
The MacBook Air has always been a popular choice among Apple laptop users. Although it has traditionally come with a 13-inch screen, there are rumors suggesting that Apple might release a larger 15-inch MacBook Air that runs on the M2 chip. According to Bloomberg’s Gurman, this highly anticipated laptop could be unveiled at this year’s WWDC event. However, there is still uncertainty regarding its pricing and how it would be positioned in Apple’s current MacBook lineup. As of now, the M1-powered 13.3-inch MacBook Air is priced at $999, while the updated M2-powered 13.6-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,199. It remains to be seen where the potential 15-inch Air would fit in terms of its price and specifications.
Apple M-Series Mac Pro
Fans have eagerly anticipated the release of Apple’s Mac Pro, a powerful computer, since its last update at WWDC 2019. Although Apple has acknowledged the development of a new Mac Pro with their own Apple Silicon chips, information about it has been limited. There is hope for a potential announcement on June 5, but insights from Gurman on The MacRumors Show indicate that the unveiling of the new Mac Pro might be delayed. While Mac Pro enthusiasts may still be interested in watching WWDC, it is advised to keep expectations in check.
New Software: iOS 17, WatchOS 10, and More
In addition to the speculation about new hardware, WWDC will undoubtedly involve detailed discussions about the latest software updates for Apple’s ecosystem. Attendees can anticipate learning about updates for iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS, and TVOS. Notable changes in iOS 17 might include the ability to install apps from sources other than the App Store, a change that Apple has previously resisted but may now be compelled to make due to new European regulations. Additionally, there have been reports about a potential mental health app and the reintroduction of widgets on the Apple Watch. Bloomberg has even suggested an intriguing feature that could transform locked iPhones into smart displays with iOS 17.
The upcoming WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) holds great promise for both developers and Apple fans, as it offers exciting opportunities. To gain a better understanding, make sure to read our predictions for the upcoming WatchOS 10 and iOS 17, along with our suggestions on features that Apple could potentially take inspiration from in Android 14.