Apple & # 39; s major Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote is taking place on Monday, June 3, and this year looks more than most. The thing that will probably steal the show will be a highly anticipated one whole long awaited – Mac Pro. That's the way things go at software events that happen to have a hardware announcement.
The Mac Pro is a very important tool for some of Apple's most important customers. But the vast majority of Apple customers don't buy expensive pro machines. They buy iPhones. For them, next week's iOS 13 preview will have some nice new features, but probably not a major overhaul.
I think the biggest thing that will happen this year is that Apple is plotting a vision for the operation of its large-screen computers. Both macOS 10.15 and iOS 13 on the iPad can potentially bring major changes to how we think about and use the devices they use. Despite Apple's protest to the contrary, there is a real sense that the iPad Pro is infringing on Mac territory and that the macOS platform needs a clearer future.
Apple needs to provide more clarity this year about how it thinks about those trends. Although it has repeatedly and emphatically emphasized that macOS and iOS will never & # 39; merge & # 39 ;, we know that iPad apps come to the Mac in a more serious way and may become the actual way in which most new Mac apps become made. At the same time, the iPad Pro must finally break from its past and have a software platform that does not constantly feel that it has one hand behind its back when you are really trying to do work.
In both cases, developers and users deserve a better picture of what the future of these platforms will be. If that wasn't enough, Apple should also provide some updates about tvOS and watchOS. We can even see more augmented reality functions, more information about the Apple Arcade service and more.
That is a lot to put on a single keynote, but Apple does so much now that an annual software keynote goes need to cover a lot of ground. As always, a lot has leaked, thanks report from Mark Gurman and 9to5Mac. This is all we expect Apple to do this year.
iOS 13 on the iPhone and iPad
It may seem silly, but the headline feature for iPhone owners is likely to be Dark mode. Software is like fashion: it follows trends and the biggest trend now is to blacken app and UI backgrounds. It helps the life of the battery on OLED screens, helps people believe they get less sleep-inducing light in their eyes and just looks cool.
9to5Mac got a leaked screenshot of Dark Mode in a few apps, and the TL; DR is that they look like iOS apps, only with dark, glassy interface elements instead of matte gray, glassy interface elements.
Then the big question is whether we will see an a updated home screen. Rumors are mixed about this in different ways. Maybe it will be pushed again. We may make it, but it will be very small. Maybe it will be changed for the large-screened iPads, but not much different on iPhones. Apple has held on to the basic idea of a grid of apps for more than a decade. (Already in 2012, I noticed that it felt limiting.) At the moment, I was satisfied with the fact that Apple let me place icons everywhere on the screen, so that I could really see my background.
What seems clear is that we will get a lot of it app updates. For whatever reason, Apple only updates its apps with an annual (or even last two-yearly) cadence, while Google updates its Android apps throughout the year. That means that a few of Apple's core apps feel for a long time. You can expect at least updates for Mail, Messages, Health and Reminders.
One app that we expect to be updated has, according to the rumor, an uncomfortable name: Find my. Find my … what? Well, your friends and your Apple devices all in one app. Whether you think this is a metaphorical commoditization of your friends and family is up to you. Oh, and there is also a rumor that Apple will make its own baby hardware location trackers, a bit like Tile. If that turns out, it probably won't make Tile happy.
We're also really getting close to Apple's self-imposed deadline for release Apple Arcade subscription service. It launches this "fall", meaning that the company still has its annual iPhone event if it wants to wait to reveal prizes, but here's the hope that it won't happen. If nothing else, the company expects to remind you that it is coming and it is a bit too hype.
As I said above, I think the biggest changes in iOS 13 can come on the iPad. In addition to what we hope is a more capable Files app, there can also be a new way to multitasking on the device. The current split screen / slideover setting is handy but limited. A way to have apps (in addition to Safari) multiple windows must be in the offing, although I would not expect that there is something like what you have on a regular computer with a mouse. But there is another rumor that there will finally be some sort mouse support, although it is likely to be buried in accessibility settings.
One thing that did not rumor for the iPad is support for multiple accounts on a single device. I think it is unreasonable that Apple has not yet found a way to do this (outside of the limited education market) because it limits the iPad's ability to be a truly shared family device. Maybe the company will pleasantly surprise me.
Finally some small things: maybe we'll get one undo gesture that's better than literally shaking your phone, maybe 3D Touch will be terminated, and maybe Siri opens to work more with third-party apps, such as Spotify. Since we started with the fan-favorite Dark Mode, let's end with another fan-favorite rumor: Apple would finally have the. Can change volume pop-up interface so it does not cover the center of the screen.
This is the one that I'm excited about. The huge change that Apple had plagued last year should start this year with the roll-out to developers: an easier way to Download iOS apps on the Mac. The project has the code name "Marzipan, "But Apple didn't use that word in public, and I have no idea what it will call these news apps Mac apps. My guess: just & # 39; apps & # 39 ;.
The idea is that developers have an easy way to take apps that they have developed for the iPad and that they port to the Mac & # 39; (although porting has a technical meaning that Apple would argue, this is not entirely applicable here). I said iPad apps with intention; we expect iPhone apps to come later, if only because it might sound strange to have strictly rectangular apps on the Mac.
Actually there is one lot that feels strange about Marzipan apps at the moment. So far we've only seen four – all from Apple, and they're all pretty bad. The problem at the moment is that these apps feel that iPad apps are being hit on the Mac, not as native Mac apps. This year, Apple really needs to show that these apps can feel native to the Mac, with better mouse support, keyboard support, and menu support – the whole set of guidelines for what a good desktop app is. We should also see support for multiple windows and notice how that fits in well with the rumors about multiple windows on the iPad.
I say that Apple should do as much as possible with marzipan. If it really is the future of Mac apps, it must be great. If Apple fails to do so, an already nervous Mac community will be utterly (and rightly) terrified of Apple & # 39; s commitment to macOS.
To completely disable it, we will see more apps built by Apple in this way. That's the real story, but the headline will be Apple will finally break through the iTunes app. If there ever was an example of a program that grew and grew until it did too many things and became a bloated monster, then it's iTunes. So we should have new Music, podcasts, TV and books apps. iMessage can also be built this way, so that all those crazy iMessage effects work on the desktop.
A rumor that I am super excited about is that there will be official support for it use your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac. I love the apps that are currently doing this and will be sorry to have Apple disable them, but platform-level support will be fun. It's hard to compete with the platform maker when it decides to enter your space, unfortunately.
Finally, there must be new pipes and new functions for the quality of life. Apple is expected to come Siri shortcuts to the Mac, but whether that means it's going to be the future way to do things for which Automator and AppleScript are meant is an open question. We should see too Screen time and Share family on the Mac too.
Mac Pro and 6K Pro Display
Whatever this new Mac Pro desktop looks like, it won't look like the image you see above. That is of course the notorious "trash can" Mac Pro, which Phil Schiller introduced in 2013 with the even more infamous rule: "Can't innovate anymore, my ass."
Schiller was right that it was an engineer wonder, but he was also completely wrong about what the trends in pro-computing would be. Pro users such as video editors and scientists wanted something bigger, modular and less limited by thermics. In 2017, Apple finally admitted that the Mac Pro trash bin was a mess and that "we designed ourselves in a bit of a thermal corner." It promised to release a new Mac Pro one day, and in the meantime, professional users had to buy iMac Pros or – worse for Apple – just switch to Windows.
Well, the time has finally arrived and although it is possible that Apple won't show us the new design for the Mac Pro this year, most people expect that it will. It should definitely come this year, and WWDC is just as good as anyone to announce.
We don't know much about what it will look like, how it will work, how powerful it will be, or what components it will use. All we know is that Apple promises something that "inherently a modular system. "If Apple just reissues its old" cheese grater "tower design and calls it a day, I don't know anyone who would complain so much, but given the number of years Apple has been doing this thing, you might expect something more ambitious.
Apple is also generally expected to announce a 31.6-inch, 6K pro screen, but whether it is the beloved brand & # 39; Cinema Display & # 39; will return, remains to be seen. Because rumors indicate that it is so high end, you should probably expect it to be expensive and only targeted at pro users. MacBook owners will probably still want to buy much less expensive, non-Apple monitors for the near future.
watchOS 6 and tvOS 13
Since Apple has already had a huge TV-focused event this year and has already released its new TV app, you probably shouldn't expect too many new things on TVOS 13. Most of what we'll see are probably some teasers and hype for Apple's upcoming TV Plus service. It would be nice if Apple would finally reveal a price and maybe even reveal a bundle for Apple services, but I doubt that it will.
Similarly, watchOS 6 has not had many rumors. It is likely that Apple will continue the theme of focusing on health, and it will probably be about updates for her Health app in addition to updates for watchOS. A new one is coming Dose function to help you remember that you need to take your pills, but the most important feature is Cycles, which will help to follow the menstrual cycles. It is something you could do earlier, but I am very happy that Apple is paying more attention to reproductive health.
There should be a new one Voice Memo app, so expect big things about surreptitious recordings from everyone who wears a Watch later this year. We also expect a new one Calculator app, and I really hope Apple will license the look and feel of the classic Casio calculator watch, because that would be stupid. I'm sure there will also be new watchfaces, but unfortunately it seems unlikely that Apple will open that up to external developers.
That is just about everything we hope to see at WWDC this year. Part of it is a lock and some of them are just hopes and dreams with a starry sky, but that's how anticipation works. The most important thing to remember is that the stakes are pretty high, especially for the Mac.
We will know if Apple can appear on Monday at 10:00 am PT / 1PM ET for the occasion. And you know that for sure The edge will be live to bring you all the news.