Apple is currently holding the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 (WWDC 17) this week (June 5 – June 9). The event is taking place at the McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, California and began at 9 PM (UAE local time) on June 5, 2017.
The company’s promotional material for WWDC doesn’t say anything specific this year. But Rumours suggests that the company is all set to make several major announcements regarding new products, software and hardware. So here are the best guesses in order of their likelihood
A new version of iOS, Apple’s operating system for the iPhone and iPad, is a near possibility. Apple is rumoured to be developing a social networking app similar to Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. We don’t exactly know when Apple will launch their app, but the development will most probably be part of the iOS 11.
There are also some rumours suggesting updates being developed specifically for the iPad, but since there was very little emphasis on the iPad in iOS 10, iOS 11 might make these rumored additions.
The rumours department became active in late April, with multiple rumours suggesting that Apple has been working on an Echo-like smart speaker, to run with Siri and AirPlay, which could potentially debut in June 2017. This means that we can expect an announcement in this event. The speaker, to some extent resembles the UE Boom amalgamated with Mac Pro, and will probably have a concave top with control buttons on the top. Though we cannot say anything about the type of controls (whether physical buttons of touchscreen interface), all we can do it wait for it. Apple has managed to keep the audience guessing by not letting the cat out of the bag
There is a 70 percent chance according to the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple will introduce the long awaited iPad Pro at the WWDC.
The iPad Pro will be a 10.5-inch tablet with a body similar to the to the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but with smaller bezels.
The WWDC 2017 is set to introduce a new version of the macOS operating system which was updated from the traditional “OS X” nomenclature in 2016. We still don’t know what to expect from it, but it might not be revolutionary.
Also, one other thing about the company’s coding department is that a transition from the old Hierarchical File System (HFS+), that they have used since 1998 to the new Apple File System (APFS), that aims at more compatibility and optimisation for SSDs. With all newer OS versions, the HFS+ will be completely replaced by the APFS, for all Apple devices.
TVOS 11 & WatchOS 4
Apple revealed the WatchOS 3 last year at the WWDC 2016; it was surely a major rethink of the software that runs the Apple Watch.
This year, Apple may not come up with anything dramatic, but we expect some new features for the developers and the watch users, like fitness, notifications and watch faces.
We also expect Apple to come up with some new features for the software that powers the Apple TV set-top box, which seems to be doing fine but not extraordinarily well.
According to the rumour mills, Apple is also all set to launch both new MacBook and MacBook Pro models at WWDC, with upgraded processors and maybe some minor internal updates, although no significant design change is expected.
Apple is also expected to introduce new processors to the MacBook Air.
So at this point, only Apple knows what will happen in the event itself. Let’s wait for Monday!!