What can we REALISTICALLY see at WWDC?

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Hi guys,

This isn't another fantasy "what do you want to see" thread rather what can we REALISTICALLY see next week?

I think new Macs across the board with moderate performance increases? (nothing too revolutionary performance wise?)?

I believe the rumoured Bezeless iPad is too much of a stretch and is a bit enough deal to have its own Event later in the year?

With Apples announcements they "will be focusing on ironing out the bugs with Software", is there anything really fascinating which we can assume will happen with the new OS'?

Judging by my own "as realistic as can be" predictions, I personally am preparing for very little hype this year..
 

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I think this will be seen as a disappointing WWDC. Both macOS and iOS are rumored to be taking a step back from features this year and focusing on stability and bugs. Getting things working properly again. I doubt any significant iOS hardware. There is likely to be Macs, but I think they are not likely to be anything that will ease people's concerns with current Macs. I don't think this is a bad thing at all, but it does not feel like there will be anything to wow the media this time around. That has been the WWDC trajectory for a while now. It is after all a developer's conference.

My wildcard, and this is mostly wishful thinking, is that there will be something to go along with the HomePod and AirPlay 2. AirPlay 2 should be here soon, maybe at WWDC, and while I really enjoy the HomePod so far, there needs to be something cheaper to get more things ready for AirPlay 2. Airport Express-type device that was similar to a Chromecast, but actually reliable, would be fantastic.
 
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No new hardware
It is a DEVELOPERS conference.
Because Apple has never unveiled hardware at the DEVELOPERS conference ever :rolleyes:


OP - I do agree that it will be a relatively subdued release of iOS but I do think Apple will have at least one new feature to show off. With iOS I think they have to, it’s not like OSX where they can get away with minor updates. So I think we will see one or maybe two features.... systemwide dark mode perhaps?
 
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Because Apple has never unveiled hardware at the DEVELOPERS conference ever :rolleyes:


OP - I do agree that it will be a relatively subdued release of iOS but I do think Apple will have at least one new feature to show off. With iOS I think they have to, it’s not like OSX where they can get away with minor updates. So I think we will see one or maybe two features.... systemwide dark mode perhaps?
I agree.. they will have to show something new with iOS surely..

The infamous dark mode - could it be the year? :eek:
 
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nothing too revolutionary performance wise?
Thanks to Intel's new Coffee Lake chips, we can expect two more cores across the iMac / MacBook Pro lineup. Suddenly the 13" MacBook Pro will be a quad-core and the 15" MacBook Pro + consumer-grade iMacs will be hex-core. That's a pretty big deal, and the chips have already launched, meaning they are (hopefully) a likely show at WWDC.
 
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Thanks to Intel's new Coffee Lake chips, we can expect two more cores across the iMac / MacBook Pro lineup. Suddenly the 13" MacBook Pro will be a quad-core and the 15" MacBook Pro + consumer-grade iMacs will be hex-core. That's a pretty big deal, and the chips have already launched, meaning they are (hopefully) a likely show at WWDC.
Would be a big upgrade for our friends on the forums itching for a mac upgrade.. would be substancial if they managed to introduce those changes. I think they are quite reasonable at this stage no? Thats pretty exciting I guess.. a 6 core MBP
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I think this will be seen as a disappointing WWDC. Both macOS and iOS are rumored to be taking a step back from features this year and focusing on stability and bugs. Getting things working properly again. I doubt any significant iOS hardware. There is likely to be Macs, but I think they are not likely to be anything that will ease people's concerns with current Macs. I don't think this is a bad thing at all, but it does not feel like there will be anything to wow the media this time around. That has been the WWDC trajectory for a while now. It is after all a developer's conference.

My wildcard, and this is mostly wishful thinking, is that there will be something to go along with the HomePod and AirPlay 2. AirPlay 2 should be here soon, maybe at WWDC, and while I really enjoy the HomePod so far, there needs to be something cheaper to get more things ready for AirPlay 2. Airport Express-type device that was similar to a Chromecast, but actually reliable, would be fantastic.
I'm actually not sure - wasnt AirPlay2 announced at last years WWDC already?
 
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I'm actually not sure - wasnt AirPlay2 announced at last years WWDC already?
It was, but is unreleased and currently in the 11.4 beta. All signs are pointing to its actual release in the next couple of weeks. Perhaps they highlight that and show new hardware that takes advantage of it. If not something of their own to compliment HomePod, then perhaps some third party stuff.
 
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I used to look forward to the release of new hardware, now I look more forward to WWDC and the weeks thereafter to see if the software has actually improved. I mean who cares about new iPhones and iPads if the software running on it is crap, like the past year.

As for what to expect; I expect for iOS not to suck compared to iOS 11, although that may be a big ask from Apple in 2018. It can’t be any worse though, right? I’ll just have to keep telling myself that until I get to try it out myself.
 
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Realistically? Some boring filler videos, developers talking about their apps that nobody gives a crap about, and previews of iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 12, and tvOS 12. Oh, and Tim Cook talking about Apple being at the intersection of technology and liberal arts.

Things that are reasonably likely to be spoken about: iCloud, security, privacy, performance, HomePod OS (idk what it’s called) Siri, and some kind of hardware.
 
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It‘s gonna be interesting, because we know that macOS and iOS will stall for this year. Of course, stability and reliability are crucial and important, but you can talk only so much about stability. Either they take their sweet time detailing the changes between 11 and 12, or we get hit by unforeseen features. Or they slip in some hardware news, or there are many new APIs worthy of prime time. Anyway, stability isn‘t that sexy for a keynote, not even for developers. New features, new hardware, something completely new & fresh? It‘s gonna be interesting this year :)
 
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many new APIs worthy of prime time
That sounds right for dev conference, maybe APIs that can be used to ease certain constructions in apps that will make the watch or iPad use even more appealing. With demos. Split screen strategy games on an iPad... are there any? I'm not much of a gamer but the idea of having "two screens" to play with on one device has intrigued me every time I use a split screen for more conventional reasons.

My perennial wildcard is always that for once Apple will have managed to keep such a lid on the thing that no one has a clue about what will be presented and we'll all have our socks wowed off.

Just in case I'm wrong (again), I'm going to skip socks and wear sandals. :)
 
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If they release new Airpods can I take mine back to Apple that I just bought last month and get the new ones?
 
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If they release new Airpods can I take mine back to Apple that I just bought last month and get the new ones?
Nope you can just enjoy your great product you‘ve already bought. Aren‘t you happy with them?
 
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MrGuder

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Nope you can just enjoy your great product you‘ve already bought. Aren‘t you happy with them?
No the sound level is too low when playing music on phone. It’s actually the same on my Mac mini connected watching you tube the volume is so low. On a volume bar anything from 0 to 50% is super low sounding. I have to move the slider bar to about 75% to hear music. I think it’s a software issue because when I take calls on it the volume is super loud at 50%
 
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I'm excited to see how Apple addresses how much of a fail iOS 11 was, but I'm not ready for too many improvements with iOS 12.
 
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