What will Apple deliver at WWDC?

May 27, 2019

Apple is less than a month out from its annual developer conference, with the tech world whipping itself into a frenzy to see what exactly will be revealed.

Although the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is traditionally a software event, in the past it’s also yielded exciting new hardware including an updated iPad Pro in 2017.

So, what’s expected to occur when Apple’s top guns don their designer jeans and take to the stage on June 3?

iOS 13

The preview of the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is a given, with iOS 13 expected to be a major upgrade.

It’s tipped the software will have a particular emphasis on iPads and deliver system-wide dark mode, Safari improvements, improved email and a new ‘undo’ feature.

It’s likely the beta version of iOS 13 will be made available to developers in the days following the event, with the official software expected to be launched around October, probably alongside the iPhone 11.

MacOS 10.15

Again, the launch of the latest Mac software is pretty much guaranteed, but as yet there are few substantial rumors on what it will offer.

Tech Radar tips MacOS 10.15 could deliver iOS features like Siri shortcuts, Screen Time, improved Apple ID management and special iMessage effects.

They also cite rumors iTunes will be split into four different apps: Music, Books, TV, and Podcasts, and the possibility that macOS 10.15 enables Mac users to link up their iPads as secondary displays.

Watch OS6

There’s been little word on any updates to the wearable software, but many assume there will be an upgrade to the operating system of Apple Watches.

Some tip it could include a sleep tracking feature, but Tech Radar notes that’s more likely in 2020.

And hardware?

As mentioned, WWDC tends to be a software focused event, but in the past it has yielded some hardware surprises.

If anything is to be revealed, it’s most likely to be a new version of the Mac Pro. Tech Radar notes Bloomberg recently reported Apple is considering a revamped Mac Pro, following the last release way back in 2013.

If so, it’s supposed to be a ground-up revision.

Meanwhile, Tech Radar also reports Apple may be preparing its own brand of external monitor (going by the codename J290) that will pack HDR support, while other rumors suggest a 31.6-inch 6K screen with mini-LED backlighting.

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iPads? Probably not

Only a little over a month ago Apple released not one but two new iPads, with a new iPad Air and iPad Mini 5. Meanwhile, the last Pro was released in October 2018 and Macworld is tipping we won’t see a new one until 2020 when they may indeed use WWDC for the launch of their top of the line tablet.

That means the June 2019 event is unlikely to yield any new iPads. WWDC will be held on June 3 in San Jose, California and will run until June 7.

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