WWDC 2016 is going to be exciting. What WWDC isn’t exciting, after all? We’re expecting plenty of updates from Apple and, perhaps, even a name change for its desktop operating system, which would be a huge switch from the “OS X” we know and love. Since it’s a developer’s conference, we’re also expecting new on its Apple Watch software (watchOS) and the software for Apple TV (tvOS), in addition to news on iOS. But there may even be some hardware discussions. Let’s take a look at what we’re expecting now.
WWDC is just about two months away and, oddly, we still haven’t heard much about what Apple’s planning to include in its next major mobile release, iOS 10. Deep down, I’m kind of hoping that Apple has a total redesign in mind though, honestly, that would probably scare away customers who are used to the simplicity of the OS. No doubt, though, Siri still needs a massive overhaul, and notifications still need plenty of work. WWDC 2016 will probably just touch on many new iOS 10 features, with the full reveal capabilities discussed when Apple unveils the iPhone 7 sometime around September.
Rumor has it Apple is going to rename OS X “macOS,” and, indeed, this moniker has appeared on Apple’s website. I don’t know what sort of features Apple will include in macOS, but one glaring omission continues to be the absence of Siri. Apple needs to add voice controls into its computer operating system, and I think we’ll learn about that and the full list of capabilities during WWDC 2016. I imagine we’ll hear about how developers can use tools to build Siri into their apps, too. Apple, of course, won’t be the first to do this: Microsoft’s Cortana is already a great voice assistant on the desktop.
Bye bye MacBook Air
Apple’s current family of laptops is very convoluted. You have the expensive yet relatively underpowered MacBook on the low-end, the more powerful MacBook Air in the middle — which is more affordable and has more powerful processors, but a lower-res display — and then the MacBook Pro at the top. Either Apple introduces a new MacBook Air with Retina Display or kills the family altogether. Sadly, I think the latter is what’s going to go down, which means users will need to look elsewhere for a more powerful Intel Core i-based system. That’s where a new MacBook Pro comes into play.
New MacBook Pro
I think Apple is gearing up to release a new MacBook Pro, probably with USB-C support, that offers a complete redesign on the current model and Intel’s latest Core i processors. If it’s thin and light enough, Apple won’t need a MacBook Air, but will still be able to offer the power to users who find the MacBook underpowered (for tasks like editing video, for example.) A new MacBook Pro would also enable Apple to show off Intel’s most powerful laptop chips in addition to Apple’s brand new macOS software.
Of course there will be more – Apple may take WWDC to talk about advancements in its various apps and software suites, like Apple Maps and the like. We’ll also likely learn more about watchOS, tvOS and, if we’re lucky, some new desktop hardware, too.