Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for this year i.e. Apple WWDC 2021 will start on Monday, June 7th at 10 P.M. IST. Just like the last year, it will stream “directly from Apple Park” and be available to watch via Apple’s website, the Apple Developer app, the Apple TV app, and YouTube because of the global pandemic.
The Apple WWDC 2021 keynote will be a prerecorded video with high production value, beautiful videography of Apple Park, and appearances from multiple Apple executives and engineers.
Obviously as of now Apple is keeping everything under the hood but rumors are that the Mac lineup is expected to see more additions. The tech giant is also expected to unveil a new operating systems version for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple Watch.They are also expected to make new hardware announcements along with usual software revelations.
Other than the keynote and State of the Union, WWDC 2021 will include the Apple Design Awards — which will have a video component this year — on June 10 at 2.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.
Following are some of the biggest expectations and rumors from WWDC 2021:
One of the biggest focuses of WWDC this year to be on the iPhone with the introduction of iOS 15. One of Apple’s particular focuses will be to improve notifications. In the report, Mark Gurman explained that users will be able to set different notification preferences depending on their current status, such as “working, sleeping, or custom categories.”
Additionally, iMessage is also expected to get upgrades similar to WhatsApp competitive to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and the likes. Apple will also continue its focus on privacy with new features in iOS 15. The company is reportedly developing a feature that will “show users which apps are silently collecting data about them.”
Bloomberg has reported that iPadOS 15 will bring “the most significant update” to the iPad home screen since 2010. With this update, users will be allowed to place widgets anywhere on the iPad Home screen. With the M1 chip powering the new iPad Pro, there will be a lot of potential changes including support for pro applications such as Xcode and Final Cut Pro, a new multi-tasking system, and more.
A report from Bloomberg simply indicated that this year’s macOS release will be “minor” compared to last year. According to rumors Apple could also focus on optimizing the OS for the new Apple Silicon chips with new apps, improvements to notifications, and new privacy features this year.
Apple will introduce watchOS 8 at WWDC this year. Apple watchOS 8 is expected to see more health features such as mental health, stress tracking, and possibly more are expected. One more feature we expect Apple to add to watchOS 8 is the Notes app.
tvOS 15 and HomePod:
Apple is expected to come with tvOS 15, which powers the Apple TV and HomePod. With the full-size HomePod having been discontinued, it remains unclear what new features we can expect from tvOS 15 this year.
New MacBook Pro:
Apple’s next MacBook Pro update is expected to bring a new design, more powerful version of the M1 chip, and perhaps upgraded mini-LED display technology. The new design is expected to be flat-edged and will reportedly be available in 14-inch and 16-inch display sizes. The “MacBook Pro” logo beneath the display is also rumored to be removed, while ports such as HDMI and MagSafe are expected to return alongside an SD card slot.
The Apple Silicon chip inside is likely to be something similar to the “M1X,” with Bloomberg reporting that it will feature a 10-core design with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores. Apple will offer two variations of the chip, one with 16 GPU cores and another with 32 GPU cores.
Apple is also working on updates to the Mac mini, the larger-screened iMac, the MacBook Air, and the Mac Pro. A recent report indicated that the new Mac mini will feature a redesigned chassis with an M1X processor on the inside.
The new larger-screened iMac, the redesigned MacBook Air, and the Mac Pro are also under work.
AirPods 3 is also another expected product. Leaks suggest the third-generation model will share some features with the expensive AirPods Pro. They may also have a shorter stem, interchangeable tips and a smaller charging case than the AirPods Pro. However, the AirPods 3 won’t have active noise cancellation.
Of all Apple WWDC events we are most excited for the iOS 15, macOS 12 and iPadOS 15.
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