Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is expected to be one of its biggest. After years of rumors and leaks, Apple can now take its mixed headsets to reality, entering the company into a new product category and giving the world a first look at its test. to prove that virtual reality is worth investing in.
There’s also sure to be more: operating system updates, new apps and features, and maybe some new hardware, too. Here, we’ve put together details on how and when you can watch WWDC’s main keynote as well as some of the announcements we expect from Apple.
When is the WWDC 2023 keynote?
This year’s WWDC keynote is set for Monday, June 5, at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. It will take place as a digital and in-person event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, with Apple CEO Tim Cook expected to kick things off.
Where can I watch WWDC?
Apple will stream the WWDC keynote live from its website and YouTube channel. You can also watch the stream we’ll embed at the top of this article when it goes live. If you can’t watch the keynote live, you can always watch it from a prerecorded version that Apple will post on YouTube after the broadcast.
With that said, let’s get into some of the biggest announcements we expect Apple to make during WWDC.
The debut of Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset
Apple’s mixed reality headset may be one of the company’s most exciting products in years. While Apple has yet to confirm its availability, reports suggest that it will be able to provide both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences.
The headset will likely exist as a standalone device, with a battery pack that connects to the headset using a proprietary cable. Currently, reports suggest that Apple is busy creating VR versions of some of its native apps, including Safari, FaceTime, Apple TV, Apple Books, Freeform, and others.
With an expected price tag of around $3,000, Apple’s headset isn’t cheap. Although Apple is said to be working on cheaper versions of the device as well, we probably won’t see it at this year’s event.
A new 15-inch MacBook Air
Apple is also expected to launch a larger 15-inch option for the MacBook Air – a device that has long featured a standard 13-inch display. We first heard about the device last year, and more detailed rumors have been piling up since then.
The 15-inch MacBook Air will likely come with the in-house M2 chip used in MacBook Air models released last year. As noted in a report from Bloombergit may also have the same 3024 x 1964 resolution as the 14-inch MacBook Pro, though the screen may be a little less sharp because it has an extra inch of space to fill.
Other than that, though, it’s unclear if Apple has plans to unveil any other new Macs. The company is rumored to be working on a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and a 24-inch iMac, all of which could feature a new M3 chip.
New features for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS
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WWDC is an event for developers, which means we should see some updates to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and more.
That includes the unveiling of iOS 17, which is rumored to come with various minor quality-of-life updates. Apple has previewed the suite of accessibility features likely to come with the new OS, including a Personal Voice tool that allows users to create a synthetic voice with 15 minutes of training.
Apple is also expected to include some updates for Stage Manager in iPadOS 17, the multitasking interface that my colleague David Pierce says “still doesn’t work,” even though Apple officially released it in October. The updates seem to be more on the technical side of things, though, and less about its overall functionality.
Not much is known about what’s in store for macOS 14 and tvOS 17, but Apple is reportedly giving watchOS 10 a pretty big update that adds a new widget-heavy interface.
A mental health-focused journaling iPhone app
Speaking of iOS 17, a report from The Wall Street Journal appears that Apple will launch a new journaling app for the iPhone that will allow you to write down your thoughts and activities throughout your day.
It can also provide suggestions on topics for you to write about and offer “All Day People Discovery” to track who you spend time with as well as notice when you’re doing something you wouldn’t normally do with someone. days. While Apple is expected to unveil the app at WWDC, the company is likely to launch it in the fall.
Opening up Apple’s closed ecosystem
Apple is running out of time to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). While some of the rules have already gone into effect, “digital gatekeepers” like Apple have until March next year at the latest to allow users to download third-party app stores and sideload apps within the EU, something Apple has strongly expressed opposition to in excess. security concerns.
So it’s not surprising when Apple uses WWDC to preview some of the changes it’s making to the iPhone and iPad ecosystems. (Or at least quietly notify the developers that the change is coming.) According to BloombergApple is looking to “fix” iOS to comply with European regulators.
In addition to allowing sideloading, speculation is rife that Apple may no longer require third-party browsers to use Apple’s own WebKit engine, which will allow more diversity in mobile browsers. The company may also unlock access to the NFC chip, which is currently limited to Apple services such as Apple Wallet and Apple Pay.
What’s next for Apple?
Apple has a ton of new Macs on deck, and while we don’t expect them all to show up at WWDC, it’s always a possibility. Apart from the upcoming MacBooks we mentioned earlier, we know that Apple is working on a Mac Pro with Apple’s in-house chip, an updated 24-inch iMac, and two new model of Mac Studio.
We’re also keeping an eye on Apple’s next move in the AI space. While the company has remained relatively quiet about its AI ambitions, the company’s job listings indicate that it is looking to hire people who specialize in the field. It also recently barred employees from using ChatGPT over concerns about data leaks, raising questions about whether it will develop its own AI system for workers like Samsung.
Of course, we can also look forward to the release of the iPhone 15 later this year. Rumors suggest that all iPhone 15 models will come with Dynamic Island this time (not just the Pro), and may also have a USB-C charging port (thanks to another EU regulation). That, however, will have to wait for September.