Apple’s annual developer’s conference kicks off today in San Jose, California. The conference happens every year for developers and is traditionally where Apple shows us what it has in store for the software on Apple devices like iOS, macOS, and watchOS.
The keynote for the event officially kicks off at 10am PT/ 1pm ET and will be live-streamed on Apple’s Events page for anyone that wants to follow along with the announcements as they happen. Fair warning: Apple’s WWDC keynotes typically last hours rather than minutes. If you want to watch today’s event from start to finish be prepared to strap in for at least two hours.
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Here’s what we expect to happen in those two hours:
One of the biggest rumors surrounding the next version of iOS is that it will contain a dark mode, allowing you to conserve both battery power and your eyes in low-light situations. Beyond that, expect potential updates to the iPhone’s health-tracking features and tweaks to some of Apple’s built-in apps like Reminders and Find My Friends.
iOS is also rumored to be getting some iPad multitasking enhancements, including multi-window apps as well as improvements to CarPlay, Sleep Mode, and the Parental Controls.
WWDC is always where Apple chooses to show off the latest version of its computer operating system, macOS. Last year Apple announced its future plans for macOS in the form of a project code-named Marzipan. Those plans included the ability for developers to make Mac apps with the same framework used for iOS apps, essentially making it easier for developers to create apps that will work for both.
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macOS 10.15, which doesn’t have a name yet, will likely be unveiled today incorporating some of those Marzipan features, as well as potentially the ability to use your iPad as a second display for your computer; updates to Siri; and updates to the Mac Messages app. We’ll also hear the operating system’s name for the first time, which will undoubtedly be named after a landmark in California.
Now that Apple has Apple Music for music and the TV app for video content, there’s a chance that the company will finally say goodbye to iTunes. After 18 years, the software has started to lose its purpose and ditching it will allow Apple to focus more on its Music and TV apps. That said, don’t expect the service to disappear overnight. Apple will likely sunset the software with the launch of the newest version of macOS later this year.
Apple very rarely announces hardware at WWDC, but it has happened before. If we do see a hardware announcement at today’s keynote it will likely be an update to Apple’s desktop Mac Pro and perhaps a new Apple Display. There are also rumors that the company might be launching a new 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Don’t expect a new iPhone or Apple Watch, those updates typically happen in September.
And if you can’t catch all the announcements in real-time this afternoon, check back here as well as with our sister site Gizmodo for a recap of the most important news.