3 Things to Expect at WWDC 2018

As you may know, a few months ago Apple announced the dates for its 29th annual developer conference, more commonly known as the WorldWide Developers Conference, or WWDC for short. This year like previous years, we are to expect newer versions of its operating systems- iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, tvOS 11, alongside a few hardware updates including new Macs and the long anticipated release of AirPower and the new AirPods Wireless Charging Case.

iOS 12

Ever since the original iPhone Apple introduced a new version of what was first iPhoneOS and later renamed iOS after the introduction of the iPad. This year is no different and it is expected to majorly be a bug fix update, however like any other version of iOS, it also is expected to introduce a few major new features. The new features include dark mode, better AR features, and a handful of improvements to iPhone X in order to embrace both the notch and fix other things that customers complained about such as not being able to see the battery percentage without accessing control center first.

watchOS 5

Unlike iPhone, Apple Watch had minor updates every year previously instead of at least one major update similar to iOS 5 and iOS 7 major changes. However, this is also a reason to believe that watchOS 5 would radically change Apple Watch as the first four years of updates for iPhone weren’t as strong either. We may be getting a major customer request for the first time being the ability to download third party watch faces- something that has been on Google’s wearOS for a while. Another feature that would be possible could be new types of activity app challenges such as country specific achievements based on where you live- for instance in China there would be a Chinese New Year challenge and in Mexico a Day of the Dead challenge, or simply new achievements to gain that would also be more exercise ring centric rather than mainly burning calories for completing the move ring.

Hardware Updates

Regarding hardware, there are quite a handful of hardware updates to expect. Two of which we already know about are AirPower and the AirPods Wireless Charging Case, both were announced last September. Another product that could see an update is the iPhone SE with iPhone X style features such as Face ID, glass design, and no home button therefore the addition of a notch as well for a bezel less display. There isn’t much to expect regarding the Mac, however recently Macbook Pro shipping times slipped to arrive later, hinting at a possible update at WWDC.

By Mostafa Sadd

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