The WWDC21 starts today, June 7th, being an event aimed at developers, but where many important information is usually revealed to users, namely in terms of software, such as iOS, iPadOs or MacOS. The event begins today through a virtual presentation at 6 pm in mainland Portugal and at 2 pm in brasilia.
CEO Tim Cook and his team are expected to announce several news, one of the most anticipated being the announcement of a new operating system, HomeOS, which will replace Apple’s HomeKit and integrate the brand’s IoT products.
A job ad wasn’t the only leak on HomeOS, and in terms of hardware, LeBron James, a former NBA player, may have released another product, Beats Studio Buds, in an Instagram post. reference to this product had already appeared in Beta versions of iOS and tvOS.
Apple’s annual developer conference runs June 7-11 and, like last year, will be entirely online. In addition to new products and operating systems, WWDC’s goal is to give software developers early access to explore new features with the help of Apple engineers.
At the main presentation, which will take place today at 6pm, the next operating systems from Apple should be announced – probably iPadOS 15, MacOS 12, WatchOS 8, TV OS 15 and iOS 15. There may also be hardware news, such as the successor to the Apple Chip M1 and new “professional” Macs that use M-series processors in place of Intel. Apple announced its M-class processors at last year’s WWDC. The system on a chip is designed in-house and is vital to the company’s transition from Intel chips.
WWDC21 to showcase the next big iteration of iOS
The next iPhone, probably called the iPhone 13 (unless it’s the iPhone 12S), probably won’t be out until the fall. But a new version of the iPhone operating system, probably called iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for the iPad, is expected to be released.
Last year, iOS 14 included new home screen customizations, picture-in-picture video, better widgets, a new Siri interface and App Library, a new way to organize your apps. The iOS 15 rumors point to new notification settings based on your current activity, more customizations and interactions for widgets, and new iMessage features that could make you more competitive with WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
iPadOS 15 can add customizations to the home screen. The widgets will not be relegated to the widget stack and will instead have iPhone-like functionality.
Apple introduced new iPads last fall and a new iPad Pro with the M1 chip in April, but the distinction between “professional” and non-“professional” models is based more on differences in hardware than software. It would be great to see more iPadOS features that support “professional” users.
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are expected to be released this fall, along with iPhone 13.
What will the name of the new MacOS 12 be?
One of the revelations that Apple fans like is the name of the next version of MacOS. For years, versions of Mac OS X have been named after big cats like Snow Leopard and Lion. In 2014, with the release of OS X 10.10, Apple began naming the software after notable California landmarks like Yosemite and, more recently, Big Sur. So maybe the next one will be called MacOS Monterey? Or MacOS Golden Gate? Maybe the MacOS Hollywood sign? The truth is that there is no information about this.
It could be that MacOS 12 is a minor update focused on the underlying changes. The M1 chips are approaching their first anniversary and currently MacOS needs to support them, as do Intel-based Macs. But that points to a bigger question: where are the M1 Pro machines? It is unclear whether there will be a new version of the M1 chip in WWDC 2021 or an “X” version of the processor. But many of us are hoping for a brand-new MacBook Pro that showcases the “professional” version of the M-series chip.
WWDC 2021 includes clues and Easter eggs
Apple’s WWDC announcement came with an image and animation of a Memoji character looking at an open MacBook. The image is a reference to the memes that emerged after Apple’s Mac event in November, where Vice President Craig Federighi showed how Macs with the M1 chip can wake up instantly.
Apple’s event invitations and announcements typically include Easter eggs. Could the fact that Memoji is wearing glasses with a reflection of software elements be a provocation to the rumors of Apple’s augmented reality glasses? Or maybe it’s a reference to the headlights on the supposed Apple car? Or maybe the photo with its animation is just a reference to the new features of MacOS and its dock?
New hardware announcements have a consistently inconsistent history at WWDC. In recent years, Apple has shared a major overhaul of several major products and sparked the future of Mac hardware. But if Apple is planning a new product like AR glasses, it needs software and programmers to create applications. Will it be?
WatchOS 8 May Bring New Health Features to Apple Watch
In addition to the iPhone and computers, expect software updates for the Apple Watch. Like MacOS, there were hardly any details leaks about WatchOS 8. That said, there are several persistent rumors from the past few years that haven’t materialized yet.
A 2020 rumor is the inclusion of mental health resources. For example, the Apple Watch 6 has a pulse oximeter that can be used in conjunction with heart rate readings to detect high levels of stress and even panic attacks.
Another older leak suggests that the Apple Watch is able to monitor blood sugar levels. However, this appears to be a feature that would be revealed at the launch of the next Apple Watch, as it would likely require new hardware such as a spectrometer to take measurements.
One feature that many of us hope is to remove the Apple Watch dependency from the iPhone. We saw the iPhone divorce from the Mac with iOS 5 in 2011. It’s not clear what is needed in terms of hardware and software to do this, but it would open up the Apple Watch to people without iOS devices.
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