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Apple's 32nd annual Worldwide Developers Conference will continue to be held in a digital-only capacity much like the 2020 WWDC event, which means it's free for all developers worldwide to attend.


Apple is holding a virtual keynote that will take place on Monday, June 7, with the event set to give us our first look at new operating system updates. We don't know a lot about this year's event, but everything that we're expecting to see based on rumors has been highlighted below.


New MacBook Pro?

Apple is working on new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that could perhaps see a launch at WWDC. The rumor comes from leaker Jon Prosser, who has something of a mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple's plans. Other more reliable sources have pointed more broadly to a launch in the second half of the year and haven't pinpointed June as a specific launch month for the new machines.

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Analysts from Wedbush and Morgan Stanley have also said that new Apple silicon Macs could debut at WWDC, but a recent DigiTimes report said that redesigned MacBook Pro models won't be shipping to customers until late 2021, so it's unclear what's going to happen.

Apple has in the past launched new hardware at WWDC, but since 2017, WWDC events have focused on software. MacRumors recently discovered a database listing for a battery that could be used in the next-generation MacBook Pro, but that also doesn't offer a clear picture on a release timeline.

The new MacBook Pro models will feature the most radical redesign to the MacBook Pro lineup since 2016. Apple is reintroducing the MagSafe port, and the new MacBook Pro models will include an HDMI port and an SD Card reader in addition to a trio of Thunderbolt/USB-C ports.

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There will be no Touch Bar, with Apple instead returning to a traditional function row of keys, and there will also be a redesigned thermal system to accommodate the upgraded Apple silicon chips that the machines are expected to include. Additional color options are also a possibility.

A complete overview of all the rumors we've heard about new MacBook Pro models so far can be found in our 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro guide.

Apple Silicon Updates

Even if we don't end up getting new MacBook Pro models at WWDC, we could possibly hear about the next-generation Apple silicon chips that are in the works.

Apple is working on 10-core Apple silicon chips for the MacBook Pro models, with the chips expected to include eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, along with 16 or 32-core GPU options and support for up to 64GB RAM.

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Higher-end chips are coming too. For a future Mac Pro, Apple is working on Apple silicon chip options with 20 or 40 computing cores, made up of 16 or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. These upgraded chips are also expected to include 64 or 128 core GPUs, and at the top of the line, the graphics chips would be several times faster than the graphics modules Apple uses from Nvidia and AMD.

Last year, Apple unveiled details about Apple silicon chips, but it was when developers needed to prepare for the transition to Arm technology. That's not the case this year, so there's no clear word on if we might get more Apple silicon info at WWDC.

For more on what to expect from the next-generation Apple silicon chips, we have a dedicated Apple silicon guide.

iOS and iPadOS 15

There have been several years where early versions of iOS leaked, giving us a clear picture of what to expect from the next-generation version of the iPhone's operating system, but that didn't happen this year. We've heard little about iOS and iPadOS 15, but there have been a few hints about what to expect, mainly sourced from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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Notification Updates

iPhone and iPad users will be able to set notification preferences based on their status. So if you're awake, for example, you might set your iPhone to send notifications with sound, while sound might be disabled if you're sleeping.

Users will be able to select from categories like driving, working, or sleeping, and there will be a feature for creating custom categories for handling incoming notifications in different ways, along with new settings for automatic replies. Menu options for selecting a mode will be available on the Lock Screen and in the Control Center.

iMessage Changes

Apple is updating iMessage to better compete with other messaging apps like WhatsApp, but what new features we can expect remains unknown.

Last year, there was evidence that Apple was testing features like retracting sent messages, group chat typing indicators, and marking messages as unread, but none of these materialized in the iOS 14 update. It's possible that we might see some of these surface in the iOS 15 update.

Privacy Enhancements

Apple plans to enhance user privacy even further with the addition of a new menu that shows which apps silently collect data from users.

Food Tracking

An unconfirmed rumor has suggested that Apple is planning to add a new food tracking feature to the Health app, but it is not clear how expansive it might be. It could allow users to log the food items that they consume, providing nutritional details and calorie tracking through a built-in database, or it could be something more simple where users are required to manually enter information.

Interface Updates

We've seen some minor interface changes spotted in screenshots of Accessibility features coming in iOS 15, with Apple using inset cells and merged navigation bars in the Settings app. These changes could also be brought to other areas of the operating system.

Apple is also said to be making some minor tweaks to the colors that are used when an iPhone is in Dark Mode.

New iPad Home Screen

Apple is working on a new Home Screen for the iPad that will let users place widgets anywhere. An entire app grid will be replaceable with widgets on the iPad, a design that is available already on the iPhone.

Accessibility Updates

Apple is working on several new Accessibility features that are likely to debut in iOS 15, including Background Sounds, an option that will allow iPhone users to play various soothing sounds like ocean, rain, or white noise to drown out unwanted environmental or external noise.

AssistiveTouch, another new feature, will let the Apple Watch be used without the need to touch the display or the controls. the optical heart rate sensor, and on-device machine learning will let Apple Watch detect subtle differences in muscle movement and tendon activity that will control a cursor on the screen through hand gestures like a pinch or a clench.

Apple is also working on iPad eye-tracking, more inclusive Memoji, MFi hearing aid improvements, and more.

Other New Features

The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern said on the Friday before WWDC that she's heard Apple will introduce improvements to Safari, iMessage, Maps, and Health, but she did not provide additional context.



Read More

For more on what's coming in iOS 15, we have a dedicated iOS 15 roundup with more details.

macOS 12

As little as we know about iOS 15, we know even less about macOS 12, the next-generation version of the Mac's operating system. We do expect it to be labeled macOS 12, however. For a long time, macOS updates were labeled as 10.x, but with the launch of macOS Big Sur, Apple jumped to macOS 11. We've already had 11.x software updates, so the next-generation version of macOS will be macOS 12.

Apple will also give the operating system the name of a California landmark. Apple has been using California landmark names since 2013, and so far, we've had Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, and Big Sur.

There's no word yet on what Apple will use for macOS 12, but the company has trademarked Mammoth, Monterey, and Skyline. Trademarks aren't a good guide to names, though, because Apple has used several names without trademarking them.

watchOS 8

Apple will introduce a new version of watchOS, watchOS 8, but what it will include is unknown at this time. Some of the features expected in iOS will naturally extend to watchOS, like the notification updates, but we don't know what's coming beyond that.

tvOS 15

We've also heard no hints of what to expect for tvOS 15, but a new version of tvOS always accompanies new versions of iOS.

homeOS?

In the days before WWDC, Apple mistakenly referenced "homeOS" as an operating system in a job listing before later removing it. There's a possibility that tvOS will be renamed to homeOS, given that tvOS is the operating system that runs on both the Apple TV and the HomePod. It's also possible that the "homeOS" mention was just a mistake on Apple's part.

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MacRumors Coverage

Apple plans to live stream the WWDC keynote on its website, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, but for those unable to watch, we'll be covering the event on MacRumors.com and through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

We'll also have in-depth coverage of all of Apple's announcements throughout the rest of the week and going forward as we test the new software.

Article Link: What to Expect at WWDC 2021: iOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8, New MacBook Pro?
 

dantracht

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Yay, it's the what to expect article, right on time the Friday before. I love predictability.

Hoping for: iPadOS 15 to exceed expectations.

Also hoping for: No MBP so Prosser can be proven wrong. But seriously, for the 3rd time, here's my take: MBP tease, release closer to fall.
 
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Apple_Robert

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Yay, it's the what to expect article, right on time the Friday before. I love predictability.

Hoping for: iPadOS 15 to exceed expectations.

Also hoping for: No MBP so Prosser can be proven wrong.
Prosser has been shown to be wrong several times and he still gets front page coverage at MR. I don't see that changing.
 
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sjsharksfan12

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I posted this last night but this thread might be a better place for it. This is what I would like to see at WWDC. I know most of it won't happen, but if I get 1 or 2 things, that might make me happy. I wish these companies would look at what they can do to make what they have better. Everyone really wants the latest and greatest, I want more internal attention to details and just making something that works about 99% of the time.

  1. Enhancements for the Activity App on Apple Watch to include rest days, weather days, and the option to pick your monthly challenge. Heck, I would say if you finish your monthly challenge early, it automatically gives you the next months challenge, so you have some extra days to complete it.
  2. Fixing Car Play so Apple Maps doesn't crash the system. I've had this issue a lot lately and it's annoying
  3. Revamping Apple Music for a 2021 user interface. Have the ability to create folders for curated playlists. Give us the ability to sort playlists and a number of other things.
  4. Change up the home page. It's basically been the same since I've been using Apple and that was at least IOS 7. The Notification screens are a little bulky, I always forget that control center is there, and I think it is time for a refit
  5. Change the layout for TVOS so you can fit more apps on the top. I already think the app boxes are a little big, and you should be able to put a 6th app up there.
  6. Have an Apple Books subscription service. Make Apple Books like a library, where you pay a fee and you can rent and borrow any book from the store. Apple seems to neglect Apple Books, and with all the talk about Ipads, we need to remember that one of the first things the Ipad was used for was a reading device. I need to do more reading, but then I always say that and never actually follow through.
 
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JPack

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Delivery dates for 16-inch and 13-inch BTO are still June 21-23.

Definitely not looking promising for a MacBook Pro launch on Monday.

Wedbush analysts were completely wrong about the iPad, iPad mini, and AirPods 3 being launched at the Spring Event. So their latest report doesn't have much credibility. Lack of word from Mark Gurman suggests he doesn't know either.
 
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Serban55

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Delivery dates for 16-inch and 13-inch BTO are still June 21-23.

Definitely not looking promising for a MacBook Pro launch on Monday.
Everything is pointing to a July release. I dont see Apple start pre-ordering next week the MBP
 
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Eso

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Also hoping for: No MBP so Prosser can be proven wrong
God forbid we get some of the few remaining rumor posts from this site anymore. Honestly, I love the articles about leaks from J#+@ P#&/@#r, that way I don't have to watch his actual videos (which I wouldn't even do, so I wouldn't be aware of any rumors).
 
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nquinn

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If new macbook pros are actually delayed until Dec/Jan I'm going to lose my mind. The 16" would be beyond 2 years old at that point.

I guess maybe it would be worth it if it means they move to the A15-based M2 variant with more single core performance rather than just scaling up the M1.

Would be an especially tough decision if they did something like:

July: 16" gets M1 10-core variant only, basic LED, basic wi-fi 6
Dec-Jan: 16" gets M2 10-core variant, mini-LED. Maybe wi-fi 6e/6ghz. That may be worth waiting for.
 
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Duane Martin

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Nice to have an Apple Event where we do not know many details about what will be announced. Actually looking forward to this and expecting more than a few surprises. Fingers crossed we will see a legitimately Pro version of iPadOS for the new iPads and some indications of what to expect from the future of Apple Silicon.
 
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theLedger

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Here is what I want to see:
iPadOS
  • Improvements to Safari to better handle desktop-oriented websites
  • A better way to add apps to the slide in sidebar (right now, you have to launch the app so it appears in the dock first)
  • Multi-tasking - it still feels clumsy when working with multiple apps
  • Tiling more than two apps on the screen
iOS
  • Add option in CarPlay to overlay a precipitation layer on map
  • CarPlay - display text messages when vehicle is not in motion
  • Microsoft Teams integration so you can start a Teams meeting from the screen
  • Fix inconsistent notifications
Hardware
  • MacBook Air - multiple colors like the new iMacs
  • MacBook Pro with M1x with squared edged design a la iPhone 12
  • Apple Watch with a round bezel and squared edges like the iPhone 12
  • Updated iPad Air’s with Center Stage camera
 
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