Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is anticipated to be an exceptionally significant event. Following numerous years of speculation and leaks, Apple may finally unveil its mixed reality headset, marking the company’s entry into a new product category and offering a glimpse into their endeavor to demonstrate the value of investing in virtual reality.
When and Where ?
The event is scheduled for Monday, June 5th, at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. It will be a hybrid format, combining digital and in-person elements, held at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to commence the proceedings.
Apple will live stream the WWDC on their official website and YouTube channel. Additionally, you can watch the embedded stream at the beginning of this article once it becomes available. If you are unable to view the keynote live, you can always watch the prerecorded version posted by Apple on YouTube after the event has concluded.
With that said, let’s get into some of the biggest announcements that we expect Apple to make during WWDC.
A fresh 15-inch MacBook Air
The upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air is expected to include the in-house M2 chip, which was previously used in the MacBook Air models introduced last year. According to Bloomberg’s report, it is likely to boast a screen resolution of 3024 x 1964, similar to the 14-inch MacBook Pro. However, due to the larger display size, the image quality may be slightly less sharp as it fills in the additional inch of space.
Apart from these details, it remains unclear whether Apple has any plans to unveil other new Mac models. There have been rumors of a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and a 24-inch iMac, all potentially equipped with a new M3 chip.
New features to iOS, iPadOS, and macOS
Let’s not forget that WWDC is a developer-focused event, which means we can expect to see some updates to the mentioned platforms, and more.
This encompasses the introduction of iOS 17, which is speculated to bring several incremental quality-of-life improvements. Apple has already provided a preview of the assortment of accessibility features that are likely to accompany the new operating system, such as the Personal Voice tool that enables users to generate a synthetic voice with just 15 minutes of training.
In iPadOS 17, Apple is expected to incorporate some updates for Stage Manager, the multitasking interface that was deemed ineffective by my colleague David Pierce even after its official release in October of last year. However, the updates appear to primarily focus on technical aspects rather than significant enhancements to its overall functionality.