It’s developer conference season and Apple is next in line after Microsoft’s Build and Google’s I/O. The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2018 is scheduled to start on June 4 and go on for 5 days in San Jose, California. Apple is slated to make quite a few hardware announcements too, alongside software developments.
One of the major announcements at WWDC each year is the new iOS version. This year should see the 12th iteration of the mobile OS. Major improvements are expected to be in the field of Augmented Reality. This builds on tech showcased last year with iOS 11. Also expected is a feature like Google’s Digital WellBeing to curb your smartphone addiction. We can only hope that unlike iOS 11, this version is not as riddled with bugs right from the start. iOS 11.3.1, the latest version apparently has charging, heating and battery loss issues.
We may see a new HomePod, MacBooks, iPads and even maybe a Mac-Mini. The iPads will sport the same screen sizes but are supposed to come with radical internal changes. The design is rumoured to be updated with a bezel-less design and FaceID replacing TouchID as the sole biometric authentication. MacBooks too will be refreshed this year with new Intel chips powering them and maybe even FaceID?
iPhone SE 2
This was by far one of the best-selling small smartphones since 2016. But then again there haven’t been any small smartphones since then. It was essentially an iPhone 6S in an iPhone 5S body. This year, it is supposed to come with a similar design to its predecessor but with a glass back like the iPhone 8 to facilitate wireless charging. The internals too are expected to be that of the iPhone 8’s which is pretty powerful. There have been some rumours that the device may have an iPhone X like design on the front but that’s highly unlikely. The iPhone SE is supposed to be the cheapest of all iPhones released this year.
Apart from these, Siri might be getting a major update to its IQ. We might see more third-party integration with Siri and better voices. According to a recent patent, Siri may also be able to identify why you have cancelled a call and send the recipient an appropriate message.