Apple's 6rd annual Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled to begin today, June 2020. Similar to the 2021 and 16 conferences, the conference will be held digitally, but Apple has invited some developers and journalists, so this year's conference is a little different. In the opening speech of the conference, we will get a first look at the update to iOS 16, iPadOS 13, macOS 16, tvOS 9 and watchOS XNUMX, and we will likely see some new devices, according to the rumors. Here's what to expect at this conference.
IOS 16 update
Most of the rumors about iOS 16 were vague, so we know very little about it. In the past years, information about new versions of iOS leaked early and we had an insight into the upcoming features, but that didn't happen this year. However, there have been some rumors about what to expect.
New features expected in iOS 16 update
◉ New lock screen with widgets that you can customize.
◉ There will be “big” improvements to notifications.
◉ The messaging app will look a lot like social media apps with a special focus on voice messages.
◉ Updates in the Health app with extended sleep tracking and medication management functions. Apple is working on a tool that allows users to scan their medicine box in the application to find out more information about it, in addition to the presence of new health features for women.
◉ Apple is also working on "new ways for the system to interact", the meaning of which is not entirely clear.
◉ New types of fitness.
◉ The classic Apple Music app with an interface based on Primephonic, an app that Apple acquired in 2021.
Possible features based on iPhone 14 rumors
◉ Always on screen feature for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
◉ Renovation of the status bar interface for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max to fit the new front camera design.
◉ iPhone 14 models are expected to have a vehicle accident detection feature, which will automatically call emergency services when a collision is detected.
◉ Apple may also add a satellite-based emergency feature to the iPhone 14 models, which will be supported in the iOS 16 update. This feature allows iPhones to send texts in an emergency when there is no cellular coverage.
iPadOS 16 update
The iPadOS 16 update will get many of the new features that were introduced in the iOS 16 update, but Apple is working on additional iPad-specific functions.
With the iPadOS 16 update, Apple aims to make the iPad behave more like a laptop than a smartphone, and the new iPad update will be one of the biggest updates announced at WWDC.
The update will have a redesigned multitasking interface that makes it easier to switch between tasks and see which applications are open, as well as allowing users to resize windows. Apple is planning new ways to allow users to work with multiple apps simultaneously, in what appears to be a Mac-like multitasking experience.
macOS 13 update
We don't know much about the feature set coming to the macOS 13 update, as there have been quite a few leaks. It is rumored that it will feature an improved System Preferences interface that will be more in line with the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad.
Apple is also expected to revamp some default apps, so we'll be able to see improvements in Messages, Mail, Safari, and more. And it's rumored that Messages in particular will get social networking-like functionality with improvements to voice messaging like the iOS 16 update.
As for the nomenclature, macOS 13 can be called macOS Mammoth but that is unconfirmed.
watchOS 9 update
The update will bring some updates that affect daily operation and navigation, such as:
◉ Updated power saving mode that will allow to use apps and features while reducing battery usage.
◉ Extended atrial fibrillation detection feature.
◉ Improve health and activity tracking.
◉ More types of exercises.
◉ Additional metrics for running workouts.
◉ Update of existing faces.
tvOS 16 update
tvOS often won't get as many new features as updates for other systems, and we don't know much about this update. But it is rumored to include additional smart home connections, and you may be able to do more with smart home products through Apple TV after the update is released.
The past several WWDC events have focused on systems only and have not included hardware announcements, so it's not yet clear if we'll see any hardware at this year's conference. If any, the devices listed below are the most likely.
If Apple plans to introduce new Macs at this conference, according to McGorman, Apple is said to be aiming to introduce the "MacBook Air" at the event, but supply chain issues in China may prevent Apple from doing so.
The next generation MacBook Air is expected to feature a comprehensive design tweak with a MacBook Pro-like look. It will be thinner and lighter, and is expected to come in multiple colors, including grey, silver and blue. The MacBook Air is expected to feature slim white bezels and a matching white keyboard, and could be around 13.6 inches in size.
The MacBook Air will likely come with a next-generation M2 chip, which is expected to have the same eight cores as the M1, but will include speed improvements that make it a little faster. It is also rumored to have an improved graphics processor with 9 or 10 cores, up from the 7 or 8 in the current MacBook Air M1 processor.
The M2 chip will be the first upgrade to the M1 series chipsets that Apple uses in its silicon devices. Although many rumors have indicated that the MacBook Air will feature an M2 chip, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple could focus on a redesign rather than new chip technology.
He has said that his next-generation 3nm manufacturing technology won't be ready for mass production until 2023, and is expected to use the same 5nm chip used in the A15 and M1 processors.
In 2019, the redesigned Mac Pro was shown at WWDC ahead of its launch in late 2019, and there's a chance we'll see something similar this year.
John Ternus, Apple's chief of hardware engineering, confirmed at a spring event that a silicon version of the Mac Pro is in the making, expected sometime in 2022.
Apple may give us a small preview of the Mac Pro ahead of its launch later in the year.
Rumors indicate that the Mac Pro will have a more powerful chip than the M1 Ultra used in the Mac Studio. It is expected to have up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores, which will make it twice as powerful as the M1 Ultra.
Apple could offer a successor device M1 Ultra which is actually two M1 Ultra chips linked together, as the M1 Ultra itself is two connected M1 Max chips. And if so, the upcoming Mac Pro chip will be four times more powerful than the M1 Max.
mixed reality glasses
There were rumors last year that the long-rumored mixed reality headset could see a mention at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference, but it looks like that won't happen.
Mark Gorman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the mixed reality headset is not ready to be introduced at this point in time, as Apple still has issues to solve. Kuo believes Apple will release the headset in 2023, and Gorman said Apple has no plans to make a "full announcement" of the mixed reality headset at this conference.
iPhone Islam coverage of the conference
Apple plans to livestream the WWDC keynote address on its website, Apple TV app, and YouTube, but don't worry, the iPhone Islam team will follow up on the event, and once the event is over, we'll provide you with a detailed article on what came out.