Takeaways From Bloomberg’s WWDC Roundup

Next week Apple is going to hold one of its biggest events of the year at which the company is expected to announce a wide range of both software and hardware products. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who is known to leak what Apple is going to announce at its keynotes ahead of time has posted a roundup of things he believes Apple will and will not announce on June 4th. Here’s a quick takeaway of what Bloomberg expects WWDC keynote will hold.

New software features to help reduce usage

Apple just like other smartphone manufacturers has come under pressure to introduce features that would help users in cutting down their smartphone addiction. Apple’s Tim Cook has publicly addressed this issue and promised that the company will introduce such features. Now Bloomberg reports Apple plans to introduce changes in iOS 12 that will help cure people of their iPhone addiction. In fact using gadgets less will be on of the highlights of this year’s event.

Apple will make it possible with a new feature called Digital Health, which will contain tools that will allow users to monitor their smartphone usage and know how much time they are spending on their devices and individual apps.

Better not ‘new’ Software

While Apple is not expected to introduce big new features with iOS 12, the company will be introducing major improvements to the existing ones. This includes existing features like ARKit for Augmented Reality, which was introduced last year. According to the report Apple is expected to announce new features for ARKit 2.0 that will allow iPhone and iPad users to play AR games against their friends. Other new iOS 12 features could include new snoozing feature for notifications, features for video calling, Animoji, stock market tracking etc.

Major new features that the company was previously rumored to be working on including a redesigned homescreen, Artificial Intelligence upgrade for Photos app, new file management tools for iPad and more have been delayed until next year.

No new Macs or iPads

At last year’s WWDC keynote Apple refreshed its Mac lineup, however this year the company is expected to hold on to the announcements until later. Similarly Apple introduced the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch with ProMotion and refreshed the 12.9-inch Pro model, however no iPad announcements are expected at this year’s keynote according to Bloomberg.

That does not mean no hardware refreshes for Mac and iPad Pros are planned for this year. The company is already reported to be working on new iPad Pros with bezel-less design and Face ID, and Macs with new Intel chips and will be releasing these products at a later date.

Apple Watch with larger displays but later this year

While we weren’t expecting Apple to announce Apple Watch at WWDC this year, as the company announces it alongside new iPhone in September, Bloomberg has shared some juicy information about its alleged design. According to the report this year’s fifth generation Apple Watch will keep the overall size and design as previous models however it will feature a slightly larger display. A larger display with same size is possible thanks to the edge-to-edge screen that will be used in this year’s model.

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