Apple’s WWDC event in the last year had no major hardware announcements. In fact, the company’s gadget lines have largely been the subject of quiet releases over the past year. Ahead of its big Apple TV unveil, the US tech giant issued several press releases highlighting minor updates to its flagship lines.
Apple did the same for MacBook last week as the company made a quiet announcement around the latest attempt to resolve longstanding issues with the malfunctioning keyboards. Although next week’s developer show is shaping up to be something that will be very different. All signs point to a bunch of huge announcements.
Apple is not immune from larger industry trends, and the company is currently in the midst of crossroads at the moment. The latest financial call from Apple highlighted a shifting focus that moved away from hardware products and towards content and services. It all makes sense for the iPhone maker as smartphone sales have plummeted in recent years, and the company has started to make some massive investments in content through its Apple TV+ platform.
WWDC at its heart is a show for the developers. And while Monday’s kick-off keynote is very much for the public at large, the true nature of the show is highlighting what’s new with Apple’s various operating systems.
The big news to come out from the latest leaks of iOS 13 is a system-wide Dark Mode that will be following in the footsteps of MacOS. This mode is a tad easier on the eyes as well as the battery, and the expected update will take the same form as it did on desktop, starting with Apple’s own apps, with more third-party partners arriving in the following months.
Bloomberg has reported on a whole host of additional features for the iOS 13, which has reportedly been operating under the codename “Yukon”. Apple’s Health app is also be getting a makeover. Native support for Duet Display, like second screen iPad functionality, has been rumored to be in the works for a while.
Apple Maps, Mail, and the Home screen will also be receiving updates as well. There will be bug fixes throughout, as well, said to make the system operate better on new and old systems alike.
Apple PCs are in a transitional space at the moment, though its identity crisis has been ongoing since it was completely overshadowed by the smartphone.
Last year the company showed off a trio of apps; News, Stocks and Voice Memos which was meant as a preview of the upcoming ability to port iOS apps to the desktop. Other iOS cribbed features include Screen Time, iMessage effects and Siri shortcuts, along with updates to a handful of existing Mac apps.
The long-awaited arrival of Mac Pro is the most exciting development from Apple. The company had hit a pause on this category as it plans to completely revamp the high-end desktop. The iMac Pro has addressed the need for some, but for many pros with demanding workflows, there’s been a trash can-shaped hole in their heart.
Just about all signs appear to point to the long-awaited refresh arriving next week. Ditto for a recently rumored 31.6-inch, 6K pro display, which would fit nicely alongside the Pro and the smoldering ashes of your checkbook.