Apple’s annual WWDC conference kicks off Monday, June 5, and runs through Friday, June 9, in San Jose, California.
In addition to including seminars and workshops between developers and Apple engineers, Apple uses WWDC to unveil primarily software (and sometimes hardware) updates. This year, the keynote begins at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET. Here’s what we can expect.
Though the next iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and a rumored 10-year anniversary special edition iPhone will likely be announced later this fall, we’ll probably hear updates to the mobile OS itself, iOS 11, at WWDC. The rumor mill is predicting a full-on dark mode for the display; a big focus on Apple’s digital software assistant Siri; updates to the messaging services iMessage and FaceTime; and updates to the digital payment system Apple Pay.
iOS may also be updated to accommodate iPad-specific elements, like it did two years ago when iOS 9 introduced split-screen modes.
Not much is known about Apple’s next update for its computer operating system. We do know that Apple dropped the “X” from naming and may continue using California landmarks (the first installment of this motif was with Sierra). And as Apple continues to make its ecosystem more cohesive, we expect MacOS to continue to incorporate even more iOS features. Last year, for example, Sierra introduced auto-login across different Apple devices, Siri desktop integration and Apple Pay for the web.