What to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2023
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is less than two weeks away. Like every year, this year’s event should also bring updates to Apple’s key software – iOS, MacOS, WatchOS etc. — but rumors suggest that Apple should also focus on augmented reality (AR), as its first AR headset is expected later this year.
Here’s an overview of everything we can expect from WWDC 2023:
The upcoming WWDC event is expected to maintain its tradition of spotlighting software previews. This year’s main invite, which features the Swift developer tools logo, further reinforces this idea.
Apple is expected to unveil updated versions of its iPhone and iPad software, with iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 expected to have similar features. The full versions of the software are expected to debut in the fall, coinciding with the expected launch of Apple’s iPhone 15 and any upcoming iPads.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, iOS 17 will include some of the most sought-after features requested by users, indicating that it could have a bigger impact than previously expected. Among the expected features are updates to the control center, active widgets, a redesigned dynamic island and additional improvements.
The macOS 14 is also expected to bring minimal changes, similar to the expected updates for iOS 17. Recently, Apple has been striving to improve the integration of its software across multiple platforms. This could potentially lead to the integration of more iOS features, such as widgets, into the Mac.
Apple’s AR/VR headset
A highly anticipated hardware product, expected to be released by the end of the year, is expected to debut at WWDC 2023, and that is Apple’s VR/AR headset. A taste of the mixed reality device is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming WWDC.
Reports suggest that the upcoming device may run on an innovative operating system called “xrOS” and include mixed reality technology, which mixes virtual reality and augmented reality. According to a recent report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will showcase the capabilities of its new platform by integrating sports, games, workouts and iPad apps into its headset.
The highly anticipated headphones are also expected to have the ability to work independently without the need for additional devices. It will come with a battery pack connected by a proprietary cable. According to reports, Apple has developed virtual reality versions of its core apps such as Safari, FaceTime, Apple TV, Apple Books, Freeform and others.
MacBook Air 15
The highly anticipated MacBook Air 15 may also appear at the WWDC event. The MacBook Air has been a top-selling laptop for Apple for quite some time. Apple previously offered an 11-inch model in addition to the regularly sold 13-inch display as the company experimented with different sized Airs. According to Bloomberg, the company may be preparing to release a larger, 15-inch M2-powered Air, with a 3024 x 1964 resolution, similar to the 14-inch MacBook Pro.