We’re less than an hour away before the WWDC keynote. Are you a developer who’s excited? Let us know if you are and what you want from Apple’s software division.
Something not likely to be addressed at WWDC is the report that the App Store has an an alarming number of scam apps that get on it.
“Everything about App Store that supposedly makes it easier for developers to reach and sell to customers makes it easier for scams,” said Mac and iOS software developer Jeff Johnson. “In fact, it’s easier for scams than for honest devs, because the latter won’t buy fake ratings, reviews, write misleading descriptions, manipulate keywords, etc.”
Looks like Tim Cook has rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and is getting ready for WWDC. No accidental leaks from him, so far….
Today’s the day! Who’s ready? #WWDC21 pic.twitter.com/oRlL8Z85X8June 7, 2021
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Of course, WWDC is mainly going to be about software. We expect to hear about updates to all the usual suspects like macOS, iOS and iPadOS. But we’d been keen to hear about any new optimizations Apple may have done for the M1 chip, as well as what’s next for Apple Silicon.
What are you hoping to see at WWDC? We’ve got out fingers crossed for a redesigned MacBook Pro 2021 with an Apple M2 chip at its heart. The leaks so far have some form of MacBook announcement tipped for the Summer, so WWDC could be a good time for a classic “one more thing” from Apple.
While we’re not expecting to see much around the iPhone 13 at WWDC, the leaks keep coming. The latest one has the iPhone 13 Pro tipped to come in matte black. Which looks pretty nice from concept renders. But we hope the color isn’t kept to the Pro models only, and we also hope the rumoured 120Hz display isn’t just an iPhone 13 Pro feature.
Speaking of the Apple Watch, here are five upgrades we really want to see watchOS 8 come with.
And the leaks keep coming, with a watchOS 8 developer teasing how Apple’s next iteration of smartwatch software could help make the Apple Watch more of a standalone experience. New Apple Watch apps are also predicted.
Following WWDC, Apple could have a separate event that will be all about Apple Music Spatial Audio. Apparently this event was spotted in an Apple Music link but there’s no official word about it on the WWDC 2021 website. But according to the now-removed announcement it could take place at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT today.
The Apple Hub twitter account has mocked up what to expect from the new MacBook Pro 2021 if it’s announced today. That includes a new M1X (or M2 chip), a Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED), MagSafe charging and both an SD Card slot and HDMI port.
Apple is also reportedly ditching the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.
A leak from developer Khaos Tian (reported by MacRumors) says that the watchOS 8 could be getting a new Mind app, which lines up with previous rumors that suggest that Apple could be starting to focus more on mental health with the Apple Watch.
Looks like someone deployed the new profile for App Store too early? Want to guess what “https://t.co/nhhpJFmZbJ.Mind” is on watchOS? pic.twitter.com/BarzoJtovqJune 5, 2021
In addition, it appears that the Apple Watch may offer more independence from your iPhone, as watchOS 8 is said to also include standalone Contacts and Tips apps.
A recent report from Bloomberg says that Apple will double down on privacy protections by limiting data collection. Apple will apparently roll out a control panel in iOS 15 that gives you much more detail on what data is being collected by third-party apps.
In addition, you can expect new health-tracking, notifications and messaging features in iOS 15. There will reportedly be a new design for notification banners, and auto replying to messages should improve.
The biggest upgrade could be coming to the iPad, as Bloomberg says that Apple will be improving its multitasking system. Plus, you can expect a home screen revamp with the ability to place widgets anywhere on the home screen.