Apple of our eye: Why we're watching WWDC closely

Alicia Cross
June 4, 2018

With WWDC only days away, rumors are starting to leak of what Apple will launch and discuss this year.

Additionally, Apple will also likely show off the newest version of its desktop operating system, macOS.

That's according to a recent Bloomberg Report on new additions to help people monitor the time they spend on certain apps. In general though, iOS 12 is predicted to largely be stability updates and bug fixes. However, with the update, iPhones with NFC will soon be able to unlock doors of hotel rooms, auto doors among others.

Since the previous year, Apple has had its focus stuck to the augmented reality that allows people experience digital entities in the actual world via their phone screen. For Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users, that is a disappointing 46% increase from the 46 issues that cropped up with iOS 10 during the same period previous year. The original voice assistant has fallen well behind the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant, so it will be interesting to see what Apple does to catch up. Apart from this, the conference is also a valuable opportunity for the burgeoning developers' community to interact with Apple's engineers, and attend workshops that not only help them improve their skill set but also help Apple refine its products.

In short, is this move going to result in the dumbing down of Mac apps to the lowest common denominator of what's practical on an iPhone?

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An Apple TV gen 4 with the Apple Events app in the App Store.

iOS is Apple's most used, and most lucrative, operating system, so it tends to get the biggest chunk of time during these press events.

New iPads or MacBook Air? Google takes it one step further with software that can bring Android and iPhone players in the same AR space using digital anchors. The new tablet could also get Face ID facial recognition technology, which debuted on the iPhone X in 2017. There are now 40 such Apple products available, 33% more than Apple offered five years ago.

Apple fans always wait for its Apple developer conference every year. The keynote for the event will start at 10am US Pacific time (10.30 pm IST).

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