Bloomberg's WWDC Expectations: Arm-Based Chips and New Software, Hardware Updates Coming Later This Year

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Apple will announce Arm-based chips and new software updates at WWDC, but hardware isn't expected until later in the year, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.


As Gurman said earlier this month, Apple will unveil its work on custom designed chips that use Arm technology, but no Macs will launch with the hardware until late 2020 or early 2021. Apple is announcing the chips early to provide developers with time to update their apps to support the transition to Arm Macs.

According to the report, the next-generation version of macOS, macOS 10.16, will improve porting iOS updates to Macs. Apple last year introduced Project Calayst, which is designed to close the gap between Mac and iOS platforms by making it easier for developers to create Mac versions of iPad apps. Apple in February also added a universal purchases feature that allows developers to bundle iOS, tvOS, and Mac apps together for a single purchase price.

Aside from Mac hardware and software updates, Gurman says that Apple plans to introduce minor updates to tvOS at WWDC, with a new Apple TV set top box launching "as soon as later this year." This claim aligns with previous rumors that Apple is working on an updated Apple TV with an A12 or A12X Bionic chip and higher base storage. A new Apple TV would be a welcomed refresh, as the current fifth-generation Apple TV was released back in 2017.

Gurman in the report reiterates existing watchOS 7 rumors that Apple suggest Apple will add new faces, a kids mode, and a sleep tracking app to the Apple Watch.

As for the HomePod, Apple may be planning to update the HomePod software to support third-party music services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, and more, which that would come ahead of a planned HomePod refresh. Gurman says that Apple is working on a new, smaller version of the HomePod that's set to launch later in the year.

Notably, aside from the mention of Arm-based Macs, Gurman does not appear to be expecting any hardware refreshes. There's no mention of a planned iMac refresh that was rumored, nor details about other products that are in the works like AirTags, suggesting these updates will come later in the year rather than at WWDC. There's a chance that Apple could surprise us with some kind of hardware announcement, but it's looking unlikely.

WWDC 2020 begins this Monday as an online event. Apple will be holding its virtual keynote on Monday, June 22 where it is expected to introduce iOS 14, other new software, a possible redesigned iMac, and more. Check out our "What to Expect at WWDC 2020" article for a full list of what we may see at the virtual event.

Article Link: Bloomberg's WWDC Expectations: Arm-Based Chips and New Software, Hardware Updates Coming Later This Year
 
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Kylo83

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I’m getting my expectations low as always, I don’t think anything will blow me away tomorrow
 

iOrbit

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It's WWDC isn't it? didn't they start primarily using this event to promote software and not hardware?
 
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ThisBougieLife

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Kind of annoying that all the rumors were saying new hardware was coming (iMac at least) tomorrow and then the day before they all change their tune to say "actually never-mind". Guess some new key information just came out.
 

snow755

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what's this wait and see what really happens on Monday and see oh ends up being right and wrong there too much going back and forth on what's going too be happening on Monday
 

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They’ve announced plenty of non-developer products at WWDC before.. and that was at one point the rumor.
Yeah, but the non-developer products have never been anything as boring as headphones, especially when there is no new technology at play here - it’s just AirPods in a new form factor.

And there were no rumors - there were only speculations.
 

AceFernalld

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Yeah, but the non-developer products have never been anything as boring as headphones, especially when there is no new technology at play here - it’s just AirPods in a new form factor.

And there were no rumors - there were only speculations.
Where is the line between rumor and speculation?
 

BWhaler

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given the mess that Is Apple software and cloud services, this is welcome news.
 

AceFernalld

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One is a guess. The other has some basis (like a leak).
As seen in the article Jon Prosser, who leaks things and has sources, claimed that Apple was aiming to launch their new headphones at WWDC, and this claim was accompanied by a product code. Sounds like a rumor to me!
 

Mr. Dee

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Why are people disappointed? Its a software developer conference, in fact, none of us not registered for it should be even allowed to know a single thing about it. But thats a self inflicted wound on Apple's part over the years of launching new updates there. But seriously, there is not much going on to even necessitate needing new hardware. Go outside, get some fresh air, save the money and keep using whatever Apple product you have now until it is officially obsolete/vintage. Stop this unnecessary upgrade treadmill for the sake compensating what might really be missing in your life.

When Steve Jobs went home to his family in the evenings, there was iPhone or iPad at the dinner table. It was all about living in the moment and drinking lemon tea.
 

funkypepper

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It’s okay if we don’t get new hardware, it’s a software conference. On the other hand, we need new software... badly.
 

Frankied22

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I was never expecting any hardware. I just want to see what they have planned for iPhone OS and macOS, and hopefully it all looks good. They need to really start impressing with software updates and get back to rock solid stability on macOS. I am also looking forward to improvements to iMessage across devices.
 

chicago19

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Give me the ability to change default apps and integrate Spotify into HomePod and the press conference is a success in my book.
 

MacMikePro

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For the love of god please can this be the last version of macOS to be 10.x? Once they switch to Arm based Macs just use that as the excuse to call it macOS 11.0 and then just go to 12 the next year and so forth. It's been almost 20 years now and it's getting ridiculous. Switching the architecture is the best excuse they'll ever have to finally change it. Stupid complaint, I know, but seeing "10.16" in this article just makes me facepalm and it's gotta go at some point.
 

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For the love of god please can this be the last version of macOS to be 10.x? Once they switch to Arm based Macs just use that as the excuse to call it macOS 11.0 and then just go to 12 the next year and so forth. It's been almost 20 years now and it's getting ridiculous. Switching the architecture is the best excuse they'll ever have to finally change it. Stupid complaint, I know, but seeing "10.16" in this article just makes me facepalm and it's gotta go at some point.
I believe there are already rumors it will be just macOS 16
 

QuarterSwede

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For the love of god please can this be the last version of macOS to be 10.x? Once they switch to Arm based Macs just use that as the excuse to call it macOS 11.0 and then just go to 12 the next year and so forth. It's been almost 20 years now and it's getting ridiculous. Switching the architecture is the best excuse they'll ever have to finally change it. Stupid complaint, I know, but seeing "10.16" in this article just makes me facepalm and it's gotta go at some point.
Liking this just for the simple fact that you recognize how stupid of a complaint it is.
 
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