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iMessage for Android, MacBook Pro with OLED no-shows at WWDC 2016

Apple had a ton of announcements during WWDC 2016, discussing all four of its major software platforms including watchOS, tvOS, macOS Sierra and iOS. There were plenty of updates for all four but, it turns out, Apple left a few of the rumors off of the table. Were the rumors false or was Apple saving them for later? We think there’s a little of both at play.

First, iMessage for Android is probably not going to happen, at least not anytime soon. That rumor felt a bit odd to us, especially since folks addicted to iMessage may simply leave for the larger selection of Android devices. Also, if Apple was really going to announce it, it probably would have done so today. Saving it for September when it plans to announce the iPhone 7 just wouldn’t make any sense.

Can you imagine it? “Meet the new iPhone 7! Oh, and if you don’t want to use iMessage on it, we’re introducing iMessage for Android!” Nah, don’t see that happening anytime soon, so I guess we can put that rumor to rest for now.

We also didn’t see any new hardware. No Apple Watch 2, no MacBook Pro 2016 with OLED display and no Macbook or MacBook Air refreshes. Kind of a bummer, to be honest. Apple might be saving its new laptops for September or, perhaps, even later.

The company is probably waiting for the latest Intel Core i processors, otherwise known as Intel’s Kaby Lake chips, which aren’t expected to debut until the fourth quarter of this year. That makes it hard to intro new hardware, even though Apple unveiled a brand new macOS Sierra operating system that will eventually run on those new computers. We weren’t quite expecting an Apple Watch 2, but we did think Apple would talk a bit more about Apple TV.

See, before WWDC, rumor had it Apple was going to introduce its own in-home assistant, similar to Amazon Echo. It wasn’t really clear what form this was going to take, though rumors suggested it might work in a new always-listening Apple TV product.

Apple discussed tvOS and a few updates to the controller and Siri, but didn’t once mention this standalone always-on home assistant. Siri, instead, is getting upgrades inside of macOS Sierra and iOS 10, where she’ll be more valuable than ever thanks to a new “Home” application that will allow her to control appliances. Maybe that’s the path Apple will continue to take, or maybe we’ll need to wait until September to see the standalone product.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Apple had a lot to show off today, and I can’t wait to get my hands on early builds of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS. I just kind of wanted a bit of new hardware to test it out on. I’ll cool my jets, enjoy the software this summer, and hope for the best come September.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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