What We Know About WWDC 2017 So Far

Apple’s open lottery registration for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference is closed, which means if you don’t already have your ticket, you’re out of luck. You’ll be watching the conference from the sidelines, as the world’s biggest software developers converge under one roof this June. Set for June5–9 in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center, WWDC unfolds over 5 short days but it stands to unveil innovative new products that could change tech as we know it.

Which products, you might ask and that would be a good question! Each year speculation surrounds the WWDC as we attempt to pin down the conference’s heavy hitters. As the pre-launch jitters get to us, we’ll inevitably sink to new lows, trying todecipher possible hidden meanings behind Tim Cook’s press releases in case it can tip us off. Not just because it’s fun — though it is —but because if we can get an inklingof what’s planned for the week, we can prepare our budgets and schedules accordingly.

In the past, Apple opened each WWDC with a keynote outlining the key updates for its OS, and it’s unlikely it will stray from the script. Updates to the iOS and macOS are fully expected this June, but it’s not just software we’re anticipating. With the latest rumors surrounding the iPhone 8 and MacBook Pro Retina splashing over the web, we think we might get some details regarding these major hardware updates.

Though we just saw the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus last year, and the MacBook Pro Retina in 2016, both phone and laptop will see updates later this year. And not just any update, if you’re talking about the Pro. In the words of Tim Cook, who apologized for the stagnation the Pro line has suffered, the new device is going to be “big”.

It’s doubtful that he means literally, as there’s no suggestion the Pro will be adding on the pounds. Though we expect there will be different dimensions affecting its display and keyboard — enough that you’ll have to customize a new MacBook skin to fit it — it won’t be so different as to be unrecognizable.

Luckily, the designers over at dbrand understand that they can’t create a tailor-made skin until they receive the blueprints straight from Apple. This practice guarantees their fit down to the micro-millimeter, so you can always rely on the newest MacBook skins from dbrand when you’re on the lookout for sleek and protective decals.

Meanwhile, with an expected launch in September, the iPhone 8 will probably get some mention at WWDC. In the ideal world, they’d settle some of the controversy surrounding the most recent leaks, each of which suggest Apple is pursuing an entirely different prototype to the next.

Mentions of hardware aside, WWDC is all about software, so we can pretty much guarantee Apple will reveal iOS 11, which could include the tech giant’s attempts at a social media app that’s as if Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram had a baby together. It will likely launch alongside macOS 10.13, despite the fact that the latest update to Sierra was released just this March. tvOS and watch OS are also expected to feature at the conference with updates of their own.

Though there’s no way to promise these software updates will launch this June, it’s far more likely than any other product we could mention. Reports of Apple Maps, Apple Watch, and CarPlay are unsubstantiated at this point — more hope than reality — and they’ll continue to be that way until Apple says otherwise. The question is what to do with yourself until the 5th when it all comes out of the bag. We don’t know about you, but we’re going to keep guessing until the final hour.

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