By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Invitations for the next major Apple event have gone out, and we’ll be learning what Cupertino has in store for us later this year at the keynote for the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4th. But what could Apple have in store hardware wise? Well, don’t go upgrading just yet.
Apple will talk a lot about their various operating systems, including iOS 12, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. In 2016, Cupertino focused almost primarily on the OS updates, so I’m betting we’ll get a preview of new features and a beta announcement to work over the summer towards a fall release of each. As for iOS12, this will likely be a tock of the tick/tock development cycle with some fine tuning of the overall interface, and believe me, there’s plenty to fix, including extending the battery life to what was promised in iOS11, as well as fixing the nagging landscape problem that has been intermittent since iOS9.
What part of California will get the nod in macOS this time? Probably not Death Valley. LOL. Will watchOS 5 finally go full Dick Tracey? Probably not. But it would be super cool if we did get a FaceTime feature this time around. More likely though, we’ll hear more about expanded fitness and medical features. It’ll also be interesting to see what tvOS will bring to the party.
Hardware wise, the conventional wisdom seems to be that Apple will probably announce refresh models for the MacBook Pro, iMac, and consumer grade MacBook. That’s what happened last year. So it’s a very good bet since Apple usually uses WWDC to give everyone a sneak peak, and those models were refreshed last year right after the annual software confab. Apple should at least announce that they have fixed the butterfly keyboard issues, which have prompted a class action lawsuit, and I’m hoping they will offer a mea culpa for the rather useless Touch Bar that they tried hyping last year, but ended up going over like a lead balloon.
But even then, I’m also expecting the refresh of all Apple Hardware to be relatively tame, with mostly tweaks and “fins,” as Apple is probably going to save any new innovations for when they start using their own chips in 2020.
One thing the rumor mill hasn’t talked about lately is the Modular Mac, and this is likely because Apple got out in front of everything and has said that the next generation professional grade Mac Pro desktop won’t be available until 2019, at the very earliest. So it’s doubtful that Apple will show off a ModMac design, but you never know.
Consumer wise, Apple is due to release AirPower, its all in one Qi charger that will be able to charge your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously. But I wouldn’t expect a new iPhone announcement or Apple Watch until the Fall. But a refresh of the iPad Pro is a good bet, with talk that Apple will show off a bezeless design, with FaceID and no hope button, just like last year’s iPhone X. We’ve already read that Apple plans to bring Animoji’s to the iPad as well.
And while there probably won’t be an iPhone announcement, a new iPhone SE has been talked about, but I’m still of the mind that it won’t come until Apple’s Fall event when they talk about the iPhone 9/XI. Either way, I’ll be living tweeting the keynote on June 4th, and you can follow along with me at @doddlenews. Then, afterwards, we’ll publish a detailed analysis at doddlenews.com of what Cupertino has in store.
See you then!