Roundup: Everything to design during WWDC 2018, including iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and more

After months of suspense, we’re finally usually a few days divided from a biggest week of a year for many Apple fans. The annual Worldwide Developer Conference strictly kicks off on Monday during 10AM PT with Apple’s annual keynote address.

During that keynote address, we can pattern Tim Cook and other Apple executives to betray a destiny of a company’s program efforts and more. Read on for a full roundup of all we pattern to see when Apple graces a theatre during a McEnery Convention Center in San Jose on Monday morning…

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WWDC has roughly always been a software-focused event, save for a few exceptions in new years. The strenuous purpose of WWDC is to give developers a demeanour during a destiny of Apple software, so giving them a time they need to prepared their applications and services for what’s to come.

We shouldn’t pattern this year’s WWDC to deviating too many from a event’s history, with a infancy of theatre time being dedicated to iOS 12 and a rest of Apple’s new handling systems…


iOS 12

Apple has been releasing new program during a surprisingly sprightly gait recently, pushing iOS 11.3 to users in March and iOS 11.4 to users usually this week. While both of those updates brought their important new features, iOS 12 is approaching to be a headlining recover of 2018.

iOS 12 competence not be a outrageous recover in terms of new features, however. Both Bloomberg and Axios have reported that Apple has taken a step behind from underline growth in an bid to concentration on fortitude and bug fixes. Those reports claimed that Apple has behind vital changes such as a new home shade pattern until subsequent year.

However, a concentration on fortitude and opening improvements is zero to sneer at, generally deliberation a ongoing account that Apple has mislaid a hold when it comes to courtesy to detail.

One underline that could be there, however, is support for cross-platform applications between iOS and macOS. While there have been opposing reports as to a extent and release calendar of this feature, it is approaching to make it so developers could contend one concentration opposite iOS and macOS.

Also approaching to be enclosed in iOS 12 are new parental control features. In response to flourishing concerns about digital health and wellness, Apple pronounced progressing this year that it is formulation “more robust” parental controls, and it seems judicious to assume those facilities will be a tentpole of iOS 12.

Another expected underline in iOS 12 is a renewed concentration on iBooks. Reports have suggested that Apple is contrast a redesigned iBooks app focused on curation, identical to a extravagantly successful App Store redesign that was enclosed in iOS 11. This interface is pronounced to underline a “Reading Now” add-on as good as a heavier concentration on audiobooks.

The Information reported final week that iOS 12 will enhance entrance to a NFC chip in iPhones, including for unlocking doors and for movement systems. While a border of this beginning is unclear, it’s important that Apple is finally formulation to make a NFC chip some-more permitted for developers.

Elsewhere, iOS 12 could embody new Health features, an area where Apple has been putting an increasingly clever focus. Again, let’s not write off how profitable those bug fixes, stability, and opening improvements could be, either.

Expect WWDC to move a developer beta of iOS 12, with a recover commencing this September.

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watchOS 5

While several reports have offering sum about iOS 12, many about a destiny of Apple’s other handling systems has been left adult to speculation.

As for watchOS 5, we can positively pattern a concentration on Health and Activity features. Apple has ceaselessly marketed a Apple Watch as a ideal appendage to assistance kickstart a lifestyle change, and so we should pattern new features, examination options, and some-more to assistance lane progress.

Furthermore, one ordinarily requested underline for watchOS is nap tracking. Apple final year acquired a nap tracking height Beddit, so it usually seems wise Apple supplement a underline to Apple Watch.

Apple Watch also still lacks an central Podcasts app from Apple, that seems some-more and some-more like a vivid repudiation each year. While third-party applications have filled a blank to a certain extent, here’s to anticipating watchOS 5 adds local Podcasts.

Finally, third-party watch faces are another common request. While Apple offers a horde of a possess watch face designs, opening adult a height to third-party developers would expected assistance kickstart seductiveness in watchOS growth as a whole.

Ultimately, it’s tough to assume what changes could be entrance with watchOS 5, yet these are some common requests from Apple Watch users, and we wish Apple is listening.

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macOS 10.14

Should this be a year for a underline to launch, headlining macOS 10.14 will expected be a aforementioned cross-platform apps feature. This plan would concede developers to some-more simply emanate cross-platform apps between iOS and macOS, and hopefully assistance reanimate a bum Mac App Store.

As for a Mac App Store, John Gruber suggested progressing this month that Apple is formulation a vital renovate of a platform. Gruber coyly suggested that Apple could give a Mac App Store an wholly new design, identical to a diagnosis a iOS App Store perceived as partial of iOS 11.

Just this week, leaked screenshots offering a demeanour during macOS 10.14 with a dim mode and a dedicated Apple News app – something that has been blank given a service’s initial introduction.

Building on a redesigns, Apple will expected give a iBooks concentration on macOS an overhaul. In and with iOS 12, this would emanate a one iBooks knowledge opposite both platforms.

Other important blank facilities on macOS embody Hey Siri support and support for HomeKit control of any kind, either it’s by a Home app or Siri.

Last yet not least, WebKit formula recently suggested a some-more poignant dim mode entrance to macOS. While macOS has upheld a really general dim thesis for a few years now, this clearly suggests a “true” dim mode that could even thesis complement applications.

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tvOS 12

Perhaps many misleading of them all is tvOS 12.

One pain indicate for Apple TV 4K users during this indicate in time is a miss of support for Dolby Atmos. While touted as a underline of a device final fall, Apple has usually pronounced it will supplement support during a after date. Hopefully that comes with tvOS 12.

As it expands a strange calm efforts, we should also pattern Apple to make updates to tvOS to best showcase that content. It’s still misleading how Apple will package and sell that content, yet a many expected resolution seems around a existent TV app on iOS and tvOS.


While we during slightest know generally what program updates to expect, Apple’s hardware skeleton for WWDC are unclear. Just this week, Bloomberg reported that Apple’s new iPad models with Face ID, as good as rested Macs, are not prepared for a WWDC betray and will come after this year instead.

However, there are still some hardware possibilities for WWDC.


Apple creatively announced a AirPower charging pad in Sep alongside a iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The association usually teased a accessory, observant it would be expelled someday in 2018.

It’s misleading when accurately AirPower will come in 2018. Apple’s Mar eventuality came and upheld yet a mention, as did a press recover eventuality that saw a phenomenon of a (RED) iPhone 8. Could we see it during WWDC? It’s anyone’s theory during this point.

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Apple is pronounced to be operative on a rested chronicle of AirPods with support for Hey Siri, as good as a wireless charging box for harmony with AirPower. Again, it’s misleading when we competence see a release, yet if we see AirPower during WWDC, we have to assume we’ll during slightest see a accessibility of a AirPods wireless charging case.

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iPhone SE 2

Apple is rumored to be operative on an iPhone SE refresh, yet several reports advise opposite possibilities for a refresh. Some reports contend that a modernise will be an endless renovate with an iPhone X-like pattern and Face ID. Others contend a device will usually accept a teenager spec strike to supplement support for iOS 12.

Read some-more about a iPhone SE 2 in a full gossip roundup.


Over new weeks, it has been rumored that Apple is formulation a new ‘HomePod’ various during a reduce cost point. This device, according to a reports, would indeed tumble underneath a ‘Beats’ brand, not a HomePod brand. One researcher thinks, however, that we’ll see a device announced during WWDC.

In further to new hardware, WWDC will also hopefully move new program facilities to HomePod. Just this week, a intelligent orator combined AirPlay 2 and Calendar support, yet there’s still many some-more that HomePod users want.

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Wrap up

Perhaps this year some-more than any prior year, there’s a lot we don’t know going into WWDC 2018. This, of course, lends itself to some-more fad surrounding a event, that some Apple fans will positively appreciate.

Whatever Apple has adult a sleeve, 9to5Mac will have full coverage true from San Jose. Be certain to keep it sealed right here for all of a news from WWDC subsequent week.

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