What to Expect at WWDC 2018?

Apple will likely debut Digital Health and ARKit 2.0 at WWDC, but no hardware

These are all merely rumours though and Apple could surprise us all with the launch of some hardware in a few days time.

Perhaps the biggest news will come in the form of iOS 12 which will be Apple's next big update for iPhones and iPads.

Similarly, this week, another group called the Digital Wellness Warriors launched a Change.org petition calling on Apple to open up third-party developer access to iOS's UI SDKs.

Apple is finally delivering on some promises it made previous year about its HomePod speaker, including giving the device the ability to link with another for stereo sound.

The keynote kicks off at 10am PT (10:30 pm IST). A slightly more probable announcement date for the iPhone SE 2 could be Aple's September event, which would treat us to a full refresh of the iPhone lineup. Apple has previously made privacy a tentpole of its pitch for iOS versus Android, pointing to things like on-device facial recognition in its iPhone Photos app versus the cloud-based system the competing Google Photos service relies upon.

Apple will need to show developers why they should keep building apps for a gadget that hasn't yet shown the same early promise as the iPhone. Also, the same can only be streamed on Safari browser on this link. Apple has said it wanted to make sure the features worked well for users before releasing them. Of course, iOS 12 will hog the maximum limelight at WWDC 2018. The company may launch a wireless charging pad called the AirPower that it announced past year. The Information last week reported that Apple is expected to expand the NFC capabilities of the iPhone beyond mobile payments. A late 2017 report from Bloomberg revealed that Apple would allow iOS apps to work on its macOS platform. In order to expand the number of available devices for HomeKit users, I hope Apple has plans to incorporate Z-Wave or Zigbee support.

Beyond the iPhone SE 2, rumors are rampant that Apple will be introducing several new iPhone models later this year, all of which would embrace the iPhone X's design but at various price points.

It has been suggested that Apple is planning to revamp the Mac OS store, which has been neglected for years.

TechJuice for Browser: Get breaking news notifications on your browser. A new Mac is also a possibility, though not considered likely.

The focus this year will be on integrating more deeply with iOS.

"Beyond Siri, it is likely Apple will push a lot more innovation, for example by enabling AI features at the camera level, by deepening the integration between ARKit and Maps, or by powering near field communications (NFC) usage beyond payments", Husson added. For tvOS 12, we can expect Apple to make an announcement related to its original content strategy.

Said to be missing at WWDC this year: new hardware. They will be announced alongside ARKit 2.0 during the company's press conference. Don't get too excited for the long-rumoured Apple AR glasses just yet, because the news will apparently involve the ability to drop virtual objects that stay in place and the ability to let users play AR games against each other.

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