- WWDC 2018 keynote will start at 10am PT (10:30pm IST)
- It can be streamed on Safari, Microsoft Edge browsers, and Apple TVs
- The WWDC 2018 conference runs from June 4 to June 8
Apple will kick off the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2018 today, a week-long event where it will give the world a preview of its future software for iPhones, Macs, Apple Watch, and its other devices. WWDC 2018 starts today, June 4 and will continue till June 8, and keynote will be live streamed for those who want to watch all the announcements online. The WWDC 2018 keynote may even include a few hardware products, like the long rumoured iPhone SE 2. More interesting would the rumoured software Apple is said to be working on, such as the phone-to-phone AR experience, improvements to Siri, and a single set of apps for iPhone and Mac.
Apple WWDC 2018 keynote: How to watch Apple’s livestream?
Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote kicks off at 10 am PT, which is 10:30 pm IST. Apple will be livestreaming the keynote as it happens, but there’s a catch: you need to have an Apple device to watch the event. If you’ve got an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Mac) with Safari installed, simply head over to the official WWDC website to watch the live stream.
And if you happen to own an Apple TV (second-generation or later), the keynote will be available via Apple TV through the Events app. For those don’t own any Apple devices, there’s still an option available for you. In case you have a Windows 10 PC, you can stream the live event on Microsoft Edge. All you need to open the browser on the PC and follow Apple’s WWDC 2018 live stream link.
Apple WWDC 2018 keynote: What to expect in iOS 12?
Apple previews the latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad at WWDC, and this year’s developer conference will showcased iOS 12. Apple is likely to focus on stability and bug fixes with the iOS 12 release. Both Bloomberg and Axios recently reported that Apple’s software division wants to focus on performance and reliability issues for iOS 12. This means there will be smaller tweaks, and a refresh of the Home Screen will be announced next year.
Still, iOS 12 will be getting some new features in the form of Augmented reality (AR) improvements, better parental controls, and Digital health features. Another big feature one can expect to see in iOS 12 is a renewed focus on ‘iBooks’. Multiple reports have suggested Apple is testing a new redesigned iBooks app that will focus on curation. The refreshed interface is said to include a “Reading Now” tab as well. The Information last week reported that Apple is expected to expand the NFC capabilities of the iPhone beyond mobile payments.
Apple iOS 12 will also come with an improved DND mode, newer Animojis for the iPhone X series, a new Digital Health feature to let users monitor and control their iPhone usage. Apple could also redesign the lockscreen on the iOS 12 release in order to allow support for more widgets.
Apple WWDC 2018: iOS and macOS apps could be combined
Apple may allow third-party developers to create apps that work seamlessly on both iOS and macOS platforms. A late 2017 report from Bloomberg revealed that Apple would allow iOS apps to work on its macOS platform. If Apple has plans to make such an announcement, there is no better platform than the annual World Wide Developers Conference.
Universal apps make a lot of sense for Apple – after all, the company has pitched the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement. Last year’s iOS 11 was all about bringing MacOS-like productivity features to the iPad, such as a file manager app and the new dock that can hold up to 16 icons (apps or folders).
Apple WWDC 2018: macOS 10.14
It has been suggested that Apple is planning to revamp the Mac OS store, which has been neglected for years. In a post on Daring Fireball, John Gruber revealed that the Mac OS store could get an entirely new design. Last week, leaked screenshots offered a close look at macOS 10.14. The OS is likely to get a new dark theme and a dedicated Apple New app. The buzz is that macOS could also get Hey Siri support as well.
Apple WWDC 2018: watchOS and tvOS
Apart from iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, Apple will preview changes to watchOS and tvOS. Though little is known about watchOS 5 and tvOS 12. As for watchOS 5, we can expect Apple to add new health and fitness features. For tvOS 12, we can expect Apple to make an announcement related to its original content strategy.
Apple WWDC 2018: Augmented reality (AR)
Apple is said to unveil upgrades to its AR software at WWDC 2018. A Bloomberg report notes that the Cupertino company will introduce a ton of new ARKit features. As part of “ARKit2”, Apple has been planning a new mode that would allow users to play AR games against each other in the same virtual environment.
Apple WWDC 2018: Updates of Siri
Also, transformations in Apple’s voice assistant “Siri” this year, remains a topic of speculation at WWDC 2018. Launched in 2011 on iPhone 4S, “Siri” is not as evolved as Amazon’s “Alexa” and “Google Assistant,” The Verge reported this week.
“Despite Siri’s relative adoption among Apple consumers and more recently with Apple Business Chat, more brands plan to invest in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant than in Apple’s ‘Siri,’“ said Thomas Husson, Vice President, Principal Analyst serving chief marketing officers at Forrester.
“Beyond Siri, it is likely Apple will push a lot more innovation, for example by enabling AI features at the camera level, by deepening the integration between ARKit and Maps, or by powering near field communications (NFC) usage beyond payments,” Husson added.
Refreshed versions of MacBook Pro with upgraded eighth-generation Intel processors and increased RAM and MacBook Air’s 13-inch model with retina display are being speculated. Expectations are also high about the introduction of iPhone SE 2 at the conference.