This story is part of. All the latest coverage from Apple’s annual developers conference.
and, like last year’s, will take place entirely online. The biggest WWDC news is expected to happen the first day as part of a keynote with previews of Apple’s next operating systems — likely , iPadOS 15, MacOS 12, WatchOS 8 and TVOS 15. There could also be hardware news, like a follow-up to Apple’s M1 chip and new “pro” Macs. M-series processors, designed by Apple, were announced at WWDC 2020 and are a key part of the company’s transition away from Intel processors.
The five days of virtual sessions come under the shadow of the pandemic. WWDC will use them to show off previews for the next operating systems for your iPhone, Mac and other Apple devices and give software developers early access to explore new features with the help of Apple engineers.
WWDC 2021 announcement Easter eggs
Apple’s Craig Federighi showed off how Macs with the M1 chip can instantly wake up. The video was underscored by the and was appropriately cheesy.came with a picture and animation of a Memoji character looking at an opened MacBook. The image is a nod to memes that popped up after , where Senior Vice President of Software Engineering
The tagline for WWDC 2021 is “Glow and behold.” Usually photo with its animation is just a nod to new MacOS features and its dock?. Could the fact that the Memoji is wearing glasses with a reflection of software elements be a tease for the ? Or perhaps “glow” is a reference to the headlights on ? Or maybe the
New hardware announcements have a consistently inconsistent history at WWDC. In recent years, Apple has shared a major revamp of several key products and. But if Apple plans a new product like AR glasses, it needs software ( ) and developers to make apps for it.
WWDC 2021 will feature the next version of iOS/iPadOS
The next iPhone, likely to be(unless ), probably . But a new version of the iPhone’s operating system, likely called iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for the iPad, is expected to be revealed.
Last year, new notification settings based on your current activity, more customizations and interactions for widgets and new iMessage features that could make it competitive with WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.new customizations for the home screen, picture-in-picture video, better widgets, a new Siri interface and App Library, a new way to organize your apps. point to
iPadOS 15 could add home screen customizations and widgets won’t be relegated to the widget stack and have more iPhone-like controls.
Apple launchedand a , but the distinction between “pro” and non “pro” models is based more on hardware differences than software. It would be great to see more iPadOS features that support “pro” users.
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are expected to launch this fall along with the. For more, .
What will MacOS 12 be called?
One of the reveals devoted Apple fans enjoy is the name for the next version of MacOS. For years, Mac OS X versions were named after big cats like Snow Leopard and Lion. In 2014, with the release of OS X 10.10, Apple started nicknaming the software after notable California landmarks like Yosemite and most recently Big Sur. So maybe the next one will be called MacOS Monterey? Or MacOS Golden Gate? Perhaps MacOS Hollywood sign? Yeah, I have no idea.
Not much is known about Apple’s next update for its computer operating system. There haven’t been any specific rumors or leaks and to quote the Magic 8 Ball, “Reply hazy, try again.”
It could be that MacOS 12 will be a smaller update focused on under-the-hood changes. M1 chips are approaching their first birthday and currently MacOS needs to support it as well as Intel-based Macs. But that points to a bigger question: Where are the M1 Pro machines? It is not clear if there will be a new version of the M1 chip at WWDC21 or an “X” version of the processor. But many of us hope for a shiny new MacBook Pro that shows off the “pro” version of the M-series chip.
WatchOS 8 could bring new health features
In addition to the iPhone and computers, expect software updates for the. Like MacOS, there has been hardly any leaked details about WatchOS 8. That said, there are several persistent rumors from the past few years that have yet to materialize.
One rumor from over a year ago, is the inclusion of mental health features. For example, the that could be used along with heart-rate readings to detect high levels of stress and even panic attacks.
Another rumor dating back to 2017 likely require new hardware like a spectrometer to perform the measurements.. However, this seems like a feature that would be revealed at the launch of the next Apple Watch, as it would
One feature many of us hope for is removing the Apple Watch’s dependence on the iPhone. We saw the. It’s not clear what’s required in terms of hardware and software to accomplish this, but it would open the Apple Watch up to people without iOS devices.
How to watch WWDC21
Want tofrom the comfort of your own home? Apple typically hosts a livestream of on its website. There will likely be a live feed on Apple’s YouTube channel. Apple will stream sessions throughout the week free for all developers. CNET will be reporting on WWDC, so check back for news and analysis throughout the show.
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