WWDC 2016 rumor roundup: What to expect at Apple's June 13 keynote

in General Discussion edited June 2016
Members of the press were invited on Wednesday to an Apple keynote that will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled to take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern in San Francisco. Here's what you can expect.

Count on it: iOS 10, new Mac OS and more

Of most interest at this year's WWDC is the next-generation version of iOS, presumably known as iOS 10. It's also expected that Apple will unveil OS X 10.12, potentially rebranded as macOS.

Also likely to be on tap are new updates to both tvOS for Apple TV, and watchOS for the Apple Watch. Potential additions to those lesser platforms, however, haven't surfaced yet, though additional refinement for the still-rough watchOS is widely expected.

Announcements related to all of Apple's operating systems should come at the keynote presentation, which is likely to be streamed publicly for the world to see, as the company has done in years past. The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif.

Also expected: Siri improvements, Apple Music revamp

Of particular interest this year is Siri, as Apple is widely expected to bring its voice-driven personal assistant to the Mac. In recent years, some aspects of Siri have fallen behind competing services from the likes of Google, Amazon and Microsoft, and onlookers expect that Apple may have a major overhaul in the works to strike back at the competition.

Siri gif
Siri for Mac mockup by Uplabs.

Last year, it was said that Siri will be expanded to gain new phone-based functionality, including answering calls, and transcribing voicemails to text so they can be quickly read. It's also expected that Siri functionality will be extended to third-party applications through a new API for developers.

Apple Music is also expected to receive some attention in iOS 10, complete with a more intuitive user interface and an expanded Beats-branded streaming radio. The changes are said to be accompanied by a major ad campaign to further drive adoption of the $10-per-month streaming service.

Apple's Photos apps for both iOS and OS X are also expected to get significant upgrades this year, restoring image editing features that were previously found in iPhoto.

It's also rumored that iOS 10 will finally give users the ability to hide built-in apps on their iPhone or iPad, such as the Compass or Voice Memos.

Not rumored but logical: Apple Maps enhancements, HealthKit expansions

Other areas of interest that could receive attention this year include Apple Maps and accompanying local data. Maps is expected to receive enhancements from Apple's roaming vans collecting mapping data, which could include a Google-like street view, or enhancements to 3D Flyover.

Another focus for Apple, particularly since the launch of the Apple Watch, has been HealthKit. Since HealthKit debuted, Apple has also made accompanying CareKit and ResearchKit tools available. It wouldn't be a surprise for Apple to expand on these efforts at this year's conference.

No new iPhone hardware, but Macs are a maybe

Not anticipated at WWDC: New iPhones. Apple isn't expected to unveil its next-generation handset, known unofficially as the "iPhone 7," until September.

There is an outside chance for new Mac hardware, particularly with new MacBook Pro casing leaks and continued Thunderbolt Display outages, as well as an aging Mac Pro lineup. But in recent years, Apple hasn't introduced new hardware at WWDC, instead opting to keep it a software- and developer-focused event.

One recent rumor claimed Apple is working on a new Thunderbolt Display with 5K Retina-resolution screen and integrated graphics card. It was suggested Apple could introduce the new hardware at WWDC ahead of a launch later this year, which wouldn't be unprecedented. But Thunderbolt Display inventory has been low for years, and it's unclear whether Apple is even interested in investing in the niche accessory any further.

Thunderbolt display

Regarding new MacBook Pros, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects them to feature a new form factor with four USB-C ports, an OLED touch bar replacing the function keys, and Touch ID secure login support. However, Kuo's sources pegged the all-new MacBook Pro for a fourth-quarter launch in 2016, making an introduction on June 13 seem unlikely.

As such, don't hold your breath for new hardware at WWDC. While there's an outside chance of it, this is likely to remain a software-focused event.

For more coverage, see AppleInsider's in-depth previews of WWDC:

Previewing WWDC 2016: Big news for iOS 10, iPhone 7, new iPad Pro

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple's Macs and OS X

Anticipating WWDC 2016: what's ahead for Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple TV and tvOS

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for iCloud and CloudKit


  • Reply 1 of 6
    why-why- Posts: 305member
    ahh nice. os announcements/demonstrations were always my favourite part
  • Reply 2 of 6
    adrayvenadrayven Posts: 460member
    yeah, I'm actually hoping they don't release a Macbook at WWDC.. it would mean they wouldn't be using some of the new tech, like AMD's new 16nm GPU, or the possibility of jumping Skylake and going right to Kaby Lake, which is about to be released anyway in 2nd half of 2016. It might be why Apple has been sooo slow in going Skylake.

    So, for once, YAY, no MBP at WWDC! lol
    edited June 2016 schlackdoozydozen
  • Reply 3 of 6
    > it would mean they wouldn't be using some of the new tech, like AMD's new 16nm GPU

    AMD just released the RX 480 -- a Polaris-based GPU. "The Radeon RX 480 will cost only $200 when it goes on sale on June 29" AMD has previously claimed that Polaris was mobile-first, so I expect yields and chips to be ready by then.

    > possibility of jumping Skylake and going right to Kaby Lake

    No. That's not happening. Intel releases their chips (usually) in the following order: Y series, S series, U series, H series. The Macbook uses the Y-series (Core M) chips. The Macbook Pro uses the bigger, more powerful H-series chips. They also have large, integrated GPUs (HD 580) with embedded DRAM. The Kaby Lake version of that chip won't even be out until almost a year from now.
    edited June 2016 doozydozenfastasleep
  • Reply 4 of 6
    ericthehalfbeeericthehalfbee Posts: 4,460member
    I'll go out on a limb with my predictions:

    - iOS 10. Major update with lots of new features (like customization of your screens or *gasp* widgets, Apple style).
    - maps.apple.com coming soon. Apple Maps for everyone, not just Apple device users.
    - iPhones with NFC can be used for more than Apple Pay (for example, bus passes for transit systems). Perhaps an API for NFC that adds new features, but keeps things nice and secure.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    sigma7sigma7 Posts: 7member
    How about iPad Mini 5?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    jbishop1039jbishop1039 Posts: 257member
    I know it's highly unlikely to ever happen, but I would love to see an Apple Music app built into the iCloud.com experience.
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