Consensus is, this year's WWDC will be very software driven, with tweaks including those aimed at reducing device addiction, and improving health. With both Android and iOS reportedly onboard, it seems like digital health and wellbeing features are likely the next frontier for devices and mobile operating systems. Additionally, the company will also introduce tools for tracking the stock market.
Apple Inc's (NASDAQ:AAPL) worldwide developers conference kicks off next week, and anticipation is high for what the tech giant may have up its sleeve, Augmented reality is expected to be at least part of the focus, as there are rumblings that the company could unveil a new AR kit for developers.
Apple has traditionally used its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) to offer a sneak peek into the next version of its major software updates.
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At the WWDC in 2017, Apple unveiled refreshed MacBook and MacBook Pro models and also introduced the 10.5-inch iPad Pro along with the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. In some cities in the UK, Japan and the USA, commuters can already pay transport fares using either an NFC chip or FeliCa Chip (found in the iPhone 7, 8 and X).
The alleged tighter focus on stability and bug fixes means that Apple is saving its bigger iPhone and iPad changes for later, including a redesigned home screen in iOS 12, an overhaul to Siri, Apple's voice assistant, or a heap of photography enhancements, according to Bloomberg. The OS is likely to get a new dark theme and a dedicated Apple New app. Meanwhile, former Google exec Tristan Harris launched a coalition of technologists and activists called the Center for Humane Technology, which aims to encourage "humane design" - that is, design that reduces distractions and stress, and keeps people from being hooked on their devices. Save for a small update a year ago to bump the storage options to 32GB on the base model and 128GB on the higher capacity version, Apple has done very little to update its cheapest iPhone. They also get to talk directly with Apple's engineers about their own apps and projects. The event will see a plethora of updates for the iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and other Apple products. This was announced at the event past year, but was limited to a small number of territories.
There might be news of Apple TV becoming a more fully-featured streaming service, including original series and films fresh from cinema screens.