Now that we’re done and dusted with the Google I/O 2019 keynote, it’s time to get ready for the next-big developer event, with Apple in focus.
The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 is going to happen from 3 June, and as the regular schedule goes, one can expect Apple to reveal the next iOS version for iPhone/iPad as well as the new MacOS for laptops and Mac Pros.
But you’ve also got the Apple Watch, and this year, people want to know more about its online gaming platform Arcade as well. Which is why we’ve decided to put down everything one expects to see at the developer conference in less than a month’s time.
This year’s software for iPhone is expected to become as bug-free as possible and offer minute cosmetic tweaks and improvements. This is likely to be paired with dark mode for iOS.
Yes, iPhones will soon feature the black-coloured theme, something that Android users can already play around with in the latest Android Q beta release.
Reports also suggest that Apple will introduce a Swiftkey-like keyboard option that will work by swiping over the alphabets in one motion. Other features like Digital Well being on Android is likely to make its appearance on iOS 13, allowing users to limit their screen time on various apps.
Apple is also revamping its iMessage platform, bringing features that have been popular on WhatsApp, including creating AR stickers and using them on the app. Maps will also be updated with new features, including something as basic as adding frequent locations like home or office, which has been available on Google Maps for a long time.
There are also reports that iOS (at least for iPad) could finally mirror the second screen, and work seamlessly from it, without losing any data or file. Also, Apple could finally offer a Files app that will allow iOS users to open third-party apps on the device (phew!).
Apple users have wanted iOS apps to work on their MacBooks, and looks like it’ll finally happen with the next MacOS integration.
iPhone users definitely get a larger app count and repository to choose from, and by offering support to MacOS for these apps, the company is going to make the developer’s job easier than ever. Just write the code for the app once and submit to Apple for publishing it on iOS and MacOS stores.
The newly merged Find my iPhone and Find my Friends app is also going to be available for MacOS users and Apple is most probably going to offer a Mac-centric Music app, with iTunes expected to be taken down from the platform altogether.
The big revelation for Apple Watch this year is likely to be the addition of an app store within the device itself. Yes, Watch users won’t have to rely on their iPhones with the new version, and download the apps (by using built-in network) and use them without having the iPhone paired to it.
Apple users will also be able to record voice memos from the wrist, as WatchOS will be its latest platform to get the feature after iOS and MacOS. It will also have two new health-related apps for women (Fitbit wearables and some Android wear already have a period-tracker feature built in).
Apple believes that Watch users would like to listen to audio books on the wrist, so it’s bringing Apple Books app as well as the Calculator app for the wearable device.
There Could be New Macs As Well
While the company hasn’t revealed anything, experts think that Apple could launch a slew of hardware products next month and possibly an upgrade to the HomePod smart speaker as well.
The MacBooks or a new Mac Pro is expected to be announced by the company.
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