Apple WWDC preview: Everything we expect to see

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We are now so close to Apple’s WWDC 2019, one of the biggest tech events of the year. Apple often uses the event to showcase new software updates for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac. It remains unclear when exactly the event will take place this year. Last year, the event kicked off on June 4 and ran through June 8, and it’s likely to keep things the same this year.

We are expecting to see a lot of new things at this year’s event, like a new MacBook, a cheaper HomePod, and a TV service. In reality, rumors have suggested that Apple will announce the release date for its AirPower, the company’s first charging mat. AirPower was first debuted back in 2017 and was initially scheduled for 2018 release, but it was nowhere to be found.

In this article, we have rounded up everything we expect to see at this year’s WWDC event. Before we go any further, we have heard a lot of speculation that WWDC 2019 will be held at the Convention Center in San Jose, California. That’s the same location where the last year’s event took place.

  1. How to watch WWDC 2019

Apple has its tradition of live streaming its WWDC event on multiple platforms. Back in the days, the Cupertino firm blocked people from watching its event unless they were using Safari, Apple’s own web browser. However, we no longer live in those days as you now can watch WWDC on any operating system out there.

If you now own a Mac or a Windows PC, Apple will provide a live stream of its event on its official webpage. Sources say that Apple will send out invites to the press for its show later this May. However, we are expecting a launch event on March 25 and you will be able to watch it live on multiple platforms.

  1. iOS 13

iOS is one of the most advanced operating systems on the market. Starting with iOS 10, Apple is opening its mobile OS to third-party developers, providing iPhone owners with multiple options. Last year, iOS 12 made its debut after months of leaks and rumors. iOS 12 is a huge upgrade over its predecessors, but it is not something revolutionary.

Sources say iOS 13 will not bring in a significant upgrade as it focuses on UI improvements and performance boost. However, there is still something we can expect. Sources also add that the Files app will get a refresh in iOS 13 and support iPhones. The Files app was first introduced in iOS 11 and served as a gathering place for all files and services. However, the app works better on the iPad with a bigger screen.

Besides, Siri will get a huge improvement in iOS 13. Siri made its debut alongside the iPhone 4 and quickly gained its trust on the market. In reality, Siri was once criticized for a lack of innovative features, but it is now smarter and better. Sources say that Siri will work with a wide range of third-party apps and services in iOS 13.

Ming-Chi-Kuo, a well-known analyst who gave his accurate iPhone details months before they were announced, says that iOS 13 will support multiple user accounts on an iPhone. This is something that has been demanded for years. If this is the case, you will be able to switch between admin and guest accounts. Rumors recently said that the classic Slide to Unlock screen will return in iOS 13. In iOS 10, Apple got rid of the slide to unlock screen from its iPhone, instead, let you access the home screen with a simple tap of the Home button. Many may not like Apple’s move away from the traditional Slide to Unlock, but it might be brought back this year.

  1. MacOS 10.15

macOS is one of the highlights of Apple’s WWDC event and there is no exception this year. Last year, the Cupertino firm debuted macOS Mojave with a bunch of new things. One such thing is a dark mode, something that’s been demanded for years. Dark mode now works across the entire operating system, from the dock and menu bar to app icons. Sources say that the upcoming macOS 10.15 will feature Control Center, giving access to System Preferences, Shutdown, and other controls. Besides, there will be a new App Switcher. In reality, the App Switcher has been part of macOS for years, but it is not intuitive.

Some recent reports say that more iOS apps will make their debut on Mac this year. Previously, various iOS apps like Stock, Voice Memos, and Home made the transition to macOS Mojave. So, it’s likely that Apple will do the same thing this year.

  1. AirPower release date

AirPower is Apple’s charging mat that made its debut back in September 2017. It was scheduled for 2018 release, but it was nowhere to be found. There was also no mention of it at Apple’s September event last year. However, reports claim that Apple’s charging mat entered into production and is now ready for launch. Sources have suggested that Apple will announce the release date for its charging mat at WWDC.

  1. A cheaper HomePod

HomePod is a great smart speaker out there, but it is not everyone’s favorite. In reality, Apple struggled to sell its HomePod last year as it failed to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Sources say that Apple will launch a cheaper HomePod this year to target emerging markets. The new HomePod will come with a better Siri, Face ID, and the ability to search for songs by lyrics.

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