By Brahm Shank
Rumor Wrap Up
With WWDC 16 under a week away, many iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch owners are anxious to see what Apple has in store for the future of its products. In this article we cover some of the most popular WWDC rumors we've heard this year before the big event.
When it comes to new products, most sources claim that Apple isn't likely to reveal any new hardware at WWDC this year. Many analysts claim that we can expect to see iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 later this holiday season, along with minor updates to the 12.9 inch iPad Pro and a new MacBook Pro with an OLED touchscreen toolbar above its keyboard. However, Apple Watch has been receiving huge price cuts (up to $200 off) in stores such as Best Buy in the United States. This suggests that we may see Apple Watch 2 a little bit sooner than we thought; possibly at WWDC this year.
Apple is expected to focus a lot of its efforts on showcasing new and improved software across its many platforms at WWDC this year. Although many of the new software updates unveiled at WWDC will not be available to the public until this Fall, developers will receive beta software builds of iOS 10, WatchOS 3, and OS X 11 starting on June 13th at 12 PM PDT.
iOS 10 : The tenth major mobile software update from Apple is expected to include a minor design refresh, a smarter Siri, a more intuitive Apple Music interface, and more. Design enchantments will most likely include a more colorful Notification Center and black & white buttons/controls that will make user content appear more vibrant and centralized. Siri will be able to recognize more commands and work within third party apps such as Instagram and Yelp via a new Siri Developer API that will be released to developers this coming week. Insider sources claim that an updated version of Apple Music in iOS 10 will include “a redesigned user interface, a few new functions, and reorganization as well as simplification of existing features.” Apple Music is also expected to receive a black & white user interface to compliment the simplistic look of iOS 10. Other iOS 10 features will include the ability to annotate pictures in the Photos app with a Markup tool by adding arrows, captions, and handwritten notes/doodles. iOS 10 is also widely expected to add more user customization features such as the ability to remove pre-installed stock applications such as Stocks & Find My Friends, as well as the option to customize the layout of widgets or buttons in Control Center & Notification Center. Apple Pay is expected to see an update in iOS 10 that will allow users to loan each other cash for use at designated business that support the Apple Pay payment method. A standalone HomeKit app is also expected to be announced alongside iOS 10 to help users more easily mange their HomeKit enabled devices such as thermostats and doorbells from their iOS devices. Other features that are unlikely to be included in iOS 10 but are still a possibility include, lock screen widgets and the ability to multitask using iPad-like Split Screen app views on iPhone 6 & 6S Plus.
WatchOS 3 : Apple's third major software update for all Apple Watch devices is said to add a number of bug fixes and a Find My Watch functionality that will allow users to track the location of their lost Apple Watch via wifi-enabled geotagging. Other features may include more dynamic watch face configurations and more accurate health readings due to a software-enabled pulse oximeter. Since its release in April of 2015, all Apple Watch models include an onboard plethysmograph. Capable of measuring blood-oxygen levels, the plethysmograph is built into the heart rate monitor on all Apple Watch devices and may be able to provide more accurate calorie burn numbers for those who have asthma or for athletes who train at high altitudes. Due to FDA approval regulations, Apple has not been authorized to enable this feature until now and we will likely see it included in WatchOS 3.
MacOS 11 : OS X is expected to receive a name change to MacOS next week when its eleventh major software update is unveiled at WWDC. Leaked photos have suggested that MacOS 11 will add the ability to access Siri from the Mac. Although details are unclear, the name change from OS X to MacOS suggests that Apple may be adding deeper iOS integration to Macs, thereby making it easier to start and continue certain tasks between both Mac & iOS devices.
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