WWDC is next week: iOS 17, Apple’s VR headset and everything else we’ve come to expect

Apple’s WWDC is less than a week away. The big developer-focused event kicks off on Monday, June 5. Traditionally, this event has been where Apple gives us a first look at new software for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. But occasionally we get new hardware as well.

This year looks set to be the second. With plenty of rumors circulating about the tech giant’s mysterious augmented reality headset, a new 15-inch MacBook Air, and the Apple Silicon-powered Mac Pro, it’s certainly possible that there are some physical products on stage alongside all the improvements. of the software.

While there’s still some time before Tim Cook takes the stage and makes things official, here’s what to expect at his June 5 keynote address.

When is WWDC?

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This year’s WWDC will take place from June 5 to 9. Keynote speech is set for 1 PM ET (10 AM PT) on June 5.

As in past years, Apple will be streaming the keynote on its website.

What do we expect?

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Apple AR/VR virtual reality headset

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The biggest entry coming to WWDC this year is obviously the Apple headset. Rumored to work on a new ‘XROS’, the device could use mixed reality, a combination of virtual reality and augmented reality. There could be eye and hand tracking, high-resolution displays, and… a potential price tag of $3,000.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently detailed how Apple plans to incorporate sports, games, workouts and iPad apps into headphones to show what the new platform can do. It remains to be seen if this is enough to excite consumers and convince them to drop three thousand dollars or for developers to commit to creating apps for it.

MacBook Air 15

The MacBook Air has long been one of Apple’s most popular laptops. Often sold with a 13-inch screen, Apple has experimented with different sizes of Airs in the past, including offering an 11-inch model for years. Rumors these days, however, suggest that the company has a larger 15-inch Air M2 it’s itching to go. This again comes from Bloomberg’s Gurman, who expects the new laptop to be announced at this year’s event. It’s almost time.

While rumors point to an imminent announcement, it’s unclear how much Apple might charge for the new Air or how it might fit into the company’s existing MacBook lineup. The 2020 M1-powered 13.3-inch MacBook Air still retails for $999, while the updated 2022 M2-powered 13.6-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,199. A 16-inch MacBook Pro, meanwhile, starts at $2,499. Could the 15-inch Air fit somewhere in between?

Apple Mac Pro M-series

The Mac Pro 2019

The Mac Pro 2019.

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Ah, the Mac Pro. Apple last updated the Mac Pro at WWDC in 2019. Despite some teases that confirmed it’s working on a new one powered by its Apple Silicon chips, the company has been largely silent about the super powerful computer. Could the “other day” be June 5th? It’s possible, and Mac Pro fans may want to tune in, but with moderate expectations.

In an April appearance on The MacRumors Show, Apple insider Gurman hints that it could be coming this year but not at WWDC.

New Software: iOS 17, WatchOS 10 and more

In addition to all the hardware rumors, we can expect Apple to detail the latest updates coming this year for its iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS, and TVOS platforms.

Among the biggest changes to iOS, Apple may finally add support for installing apps not downloaded from the App Store. The iPhone maker has long resisted opening up its mobile software to allow sideloading, but new European regulations may have forced its hand.

Other software changes Apple may unveil include a new mental health app and widgets returning to the Apple Watch.

For more information, check out our expectations for WatchOS 10 and iOS 17. Plus, all the features we think Apple should be stealing from Android 14.

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