iOS 13 is coming.
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is set to come out soon and it’s shaping up to be quite an event if the rumors are to be believed. It’s scheduled to start on June 3 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
The conference is often considered to be Apple’s second most important event of the year, right after the iPhone launch event on September, as it hosts the reveal of the company’s next generation software and services.
Here are some of the things we expect to be announced:
There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Apple’s upcoming update for its mobile operating system, iOS 13. The biggest change is said to be the long-awaited introduction of Dark Mode, which lets users change the background of apps to black and grey.
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, a lot of iOS apps including Health, Reminders, Files, iMessage, Maps, among many others are going to be updated to accommodate new features and tweaks. He also claims that the iPad is getting a new interface for multi-tasking and a revamped home screen.
Last year, Apple revealed plans for a project internally called Marzipan, a UIKit that lets developers easily create apps that would work on both macOS and iOS.
We will likely see more of it in action at the event with iPad apps running on laptops and desktops. However, it could take a couple more years before we see iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps completely merged.
Additionally, the Mac is getting a new Apple Music app, Screen Time, effects and stickers for the Messages app, integration with Siri Shortcuts app, and upgrades to Apple Books, among other tweaks.
Not to be overlooked is Apple’s smartwatch software, watchOS, which is reportedly getting some significant upgrades.
For one, Apple is expected to be adding the App Store directly onto the Apple Watch, allowing users to download and install apps without the need for the Watch companion app on their iPhone.
It’s also be getting the Voice Memos app for recording memos on the go; the Apple Books app for listening to audiobooks from the wrist; and the Calculator app.
On top of this, Apple is adding two new health related apps: one is called “Dose”, which reminds users to take their medicine while other is called “Cycles”, which track menstrual cycles.
While WWDC is typically a software-focused conference, Apple sometimes makes surprise hardware announcements. The company confirmed that a new Mac Pro could be released sometime this year. But it remains to be seen if Apple decides to unveil it at the event.
The Mac Pro is a high-end desktop geared towards a niche market of professionals as they are built for power and performance.
With Apple TV+ set to launch soon, Apple might take some time to discuss what’s new for tvOS, its television operating system. We’re not entirely sure what changes Apple has planned, but they likely are going to make some minor tweaks to the UI to make way for their new streaming service.
Apple will be streaming the opening keynote at the conference’s official webpage on June 4, Tuesday, 1 am Philippine time. – Rappler.com