Apple’s grand event for the launch of new software every year – WWDC – is scheduled on June 5th this year. While we expect the announcement to include iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and WatchOS 10, there could possibly be news about macOS 14 too.
But these aren’t the only ones to grab headlines, as Apple is also expected to launch its most-hyped mixed-reality headset this year. It’s said to have high-end specs with native software to let users experience the best of Apple services.
Possible Announcements From WWDC 2023
WWDC, Apple’s yearly event, has a lot of news packed up every time. This year too, we have enough to be entertained. Here’s what are they;
iOS 17 and iPadOS 17
Starting with the software, Apple is expected to announce iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 with the ability to side-load apps – installing apps from third-party stores or the web. While it’s contrary to Apple’s belief, it has to do so to honor the European Union rules.
MacRumors also claims that iOS 17 will revamp the Control Center and changes to the Day One-style life journaling app and mood tracking in the Health app. Further, improving Dynamic Island and better integration with other apps are also reported. iPadOS 17 is expected to grab some of these features from iOS 17.
Reports claim that Apple Watch is expected to get the biggest update in its history, with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman too claiming some serious improvements to WatchOS 10. He said the update will be around widgets and bringing back the lost Glances of the original OS and elements of the Siri watch face. Apple may keep this interface change optional to let users adjust gradually
While there are not many rumors about a new macOS update, we can assume Apple to at least introduce macOS 14, with some features borrowed from its iOS equivalent. Beta versions of macOS may arrive in early summer, with general updates in October.
A 15″ MacBook Air
Though the WWDC is not much about new hardware, we can expect Apple to come up with a new 15″ MacBook Air. These are touted from the recent rumors and developer logs, where a 15″ variant bearing an M2 chip and 8GB RAM is in the pipeline.
The new MacBook Air is expected to have a higher resolution display, similar to the 14-inch MacBook Pro, but without a 120Hz refresh rate. And with a larger chassis, expect a bigger battery too.
Apple Reality Pro (MR Headset)
This device is expected to grab the whole attention of this event, as it’s the first of a kind from Apple! Apple has been steadily acquiring companies working on headsets and is expected to unveil its own branded mixed-reality headset this week.
This could possibly be called Reality Pro, equipped with an Apple M2 chip and supporting 4K resolution per eye. It’s touted to have at least six cameras to offer a view of the outside world as well as full body motion tracking and perform better than Meta’s Quest Pro.
Another highlight of this device could be its native software, possibly called as xrOS, which can detect hand gestures, gazes, and Siri voice commands to navigate the interface.
All these dump the purpose of physical controllers, making it much better. Even with all these, Apple didn’t want to venture into metaverse programs already and focus on productivity initially.