Apple’s WWDC 2016: Expectations on What’s Coming Today
It’s that time again folks—Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is here. In just over an hour, the company’s opening keynote will take place.
Every year, it’s always fun tracking rumours to see what we can expect from the opening keynote. Here’s a quick overview of what we can expect today, based on rumours.
- Siri: rumours have claimed the voice assistant will be the star of WWDC, with Apple said to release an SDK for developers to integrate into apps, plus finally make its debut on the Mac.
- Apple Pay: the mobile wallet may make its way to websites for easier checkout. Further expansion in Europe?
- iOS: iMessage may make its way to Android.
- Apple Music:new design refresh said to be coming.
- OS X: might be known as ‘macOS’ from now on.
- Next version previews of tvOS, watchOS, iOS, OS X: these are a given
- Hardware: no new Thunderbolt Displays with integrated GPU, or MacBook Pro with touch panel key row
Previous years, WWDC keynotes have not been much of a surprise because of leaker Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac. His sources usually have provided launch details ahead of announcements, but just prior to WWDC, he left to start a new position at Bloomberg.
Aside from what we’ve mentioned above, nothing juicy has leaked ahead of WWDC—has Apple doubled down on secrecy? Software leaks are much easier to keep on lock down versus new hardware, where multiple suppliers are involved. But WWDC is all about software, and it looks like that is what’s in store primarily today.
The keynote will take place at the 7,000 seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, which is a much larger venue than normal.
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Could we see some surprises coming at today’s keynote? The live stream for the keynote starts at 10AM PDT, and can be viewed here.
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