Apple WWDC Announcements Hot Take
There were plenty of interesting announcements during the Apple WWDC 2018 keynote. Some of the highlights include new MacOS Mammoth, an overhaul of Maps, an Apple Watch OS, and a Mac mini. But what exactly is WWDC and what should developers know? Here’s a quick take on what’s new. Enjoy! We’ll be back soon with more hot takes! In the meantime, check out our roundup of the best announcements and new products.
According to reports, Apple has trademarked the name macOS Mammoth and will continue to do so until 2021. Previously, Apple had trademarked names such as Redwood, Condor, and Skyline, but after losing the rights to them, the company is abandoning them. In the meantime, the company has trademarked the name Mammoth, which is a town in California near Yosemite and El Capitan.
The upcoming macOS 13 will be detailed at WWDC and on the livestream and will feature the vague ‘Fall’ release date. However, developers and other keen beta testers will be able to download the beta versions in October. The new operating system is expected to roll out in October, around the same time as iOS updates. It will be available to the general public in October 2022.
While the name of the next macOS is not yet known, rumors suggest that it will support new devices and be called macOS Mammoth. Those rumored changes are expected to extend to the iPad and iPhone as well. In addition, Apple’s plans for the two devices should echo those of iOS 16.
In addition to software and hardware, Apple is expected to announce new hardware and software platforms at WWDC. Although Apple has not announced any consumer-facing hardware at the conference, it is possible that new Mac Pro models could debut on a new silicon chip, which could be available by the end of 2022. However, it is likely that the new Mac Pro would be developer-centric and take a while to ship.
Apple Watch operating system
The new Apple Watch operating system, watchOS 8, will bring more improvements and features to the device. In watchOS 1.0, you had to keep your iPhone close by to use third-party apps. With watchOS 2.0, you can use native code on the Apple Watch, allowing more functionality and eliminating the need for handoff, a problem that plagued users. The new operating system will also make it easier to manage your health and fitness.
In addition to the watchOS update, we can expect the launch of tvOS, which will run on Apple TV. This update will bring new features such as instant watch-to-watch walkie-talkie and sleep stages. There is no timetable for a release date, but we can expect an early beta version. The update will be available for developers today. The new watchOS will also support the Apple Watch 4 series.
While the keynote and other presentations at WWDC will be largely virtual, the company will host an in-person event on June 6 in Apple Park. Apple initially advertised the event as a keynote viewing, but later revealed a full day of special events. Special events include breakfast and lunch, an open house at the Apple Developer Center, and special tours of Apple Park. At this event, developers will be able to meet with Apple executives, attend keynotes, network with other developers, and view Platforms State of Union.
iOS 16 will be the biggest software offering at WWDC. The new operating system is a big deal for millions of iPhone users. Apple is expected to announce the first developer beta during the keynote. Public beta testing of the software will start a few weeks later. The final version is likely to arrive in late September. So, what should we expect from the WWDC keynote? Let’s take a look at some of the key features.
One of the biggest changes to come out of the Apple WWDC announcements is the new Maps app. Apple has been competing with Google Maps and Waze for the top spot in navigation apps since 2012. This is great news for anyone who uses Apple Maps while driving. But it could also spell trouble for those who use it for work. Apple announced plans to add 11 more countries to its Maps app.
The iPhone maker’s Maps app is about to get a much-needed makeover. Not only will it have a new look and better AR capabilities, but it will also include more detailed maps in some cities and have the option to navigate by walking. Even better, Apple says it will include AR directions and 3D layered paths for walking navigation. And what about the Siri assistant? We’ll probably see these features in iOS 15 soon.
Another change that’s sure to make users happy is the addition of multistop routing. You can now plan your route up to 15 stops ahead. Syncing from your Mac to your iPhone is made easier thanks to Apple’s new feature. Transit updates are another major addition to Maps. Adding your transit card to Wallet makes it easy to view your costs and replenish your account. Those who use transit often will also appreciate the ability to view their balances on their cards.
A new feature in Apple Maps that makes it more useful to people with limited mobility is the ability to use 3D models of buildings. These new maps are available in select regions. Those regions will have detailed 3D models accessible through apps that make use of Apple Maps API. Other enhancements include multi-step routing, 3D landmarks, and planning trips. These improvements will likely roll out in the next update of macOS and iOS.
Rumors have been circulating that Apple is planning to update its iMac lineup, but have so far come up empty. Whether Apple will replace the M1-enabled Mac Mini with a newer version is unclear, but it’s possible. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman believes Apple will stick with the current model. As an entry-level Mac, Apple would have a hard time justifying a price hike.
Speculation abounds on what else Apple could unveil at WWDC. Some rumors have pointed to the 2022 Mac Mini, which would use the new M1 chip and come with an M2 chipset. A new Mac Mini is expected to have an eight-core chipset and focus on CPU and GPU efficiency, according to Apple’s recent leaks. As of this writing, the M2 Mac Mini is not expected to be revealed at the event.
Compared to the current generation, the new Mac Pro could feature 20 or 40 compute cores. A typical configuration could include 16 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores, and 64 or 128 GPU cores. The Intel Xeon-powered Mac Pro starts at $5,999, and tops out at 28 cores. But this is just a hot take. For now, we should wait for the next few months before we can make up our minds.
Rumors suggest that Apple will debut a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini at WWDC. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted that the Air would debut at WWDC in 2022. However, this is still too early to predict. Rumors suggest the Mac mini and MacBook Air might both come with the M2 chipset. A render artist named Ian Zelbo stumbled upon listings for M2-equipped Mac Minis at B&H Photo Video.
The Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC for short, will kick off on June 6. It’s an annual four-day event for software developers to learn more about the new products and technologies available from Apple. The event includes keynotes, breakout sessions and the Platforms State of the Union, all designed to help developers build the best apps for Apple devices. This year’s keynote will focus on the future of mobile computing.
As expected, Apple will unveil new processors at the conference. The company’s annual developers conference has been a time of big announcements for two years. This year, the event will feature new processors and other hardware updates for all of Apple’s operating systems. The M2 chip will power new iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The new processor will allow developers to make more efficient applications. The company is also introducing new storage options, including SSDs and hybrid drives.
While Apple’s WWDC is largely focused on software, the announcements will benefit both the company and its customers. The new processors will be able to deliver up to 1,000 times the graphics performance of the first-generation iPad. Apple promised to make the transition to Apple’s new processors seamless and will use Rosetta 2 emulation layer in macOS Big Sur. The company has also promised to make new Macs based on Apple Silicon immediately available for developers.
The high-end Mac Pro will likely be the most prominent product announcement at WWDC. The company recently teased a new model of the Mac Pro with an Apple-designed chip, which could make its way into a new MacBook Air. A new Mac Pro will also be launching in 2020, so the new chip could debut in the redesigned MacBook Air in the fall. And while Apple hasn’t announced the next big product category, it is widely expected to release a new processor in the next two years.