Enlarge / Neon emoji and animoji pictures accompanied the invitations to press.
Apple’s Worldwide Builders Convention (WWDC) begins this Monday, June three, with a stage presentation by Apple executives at 10am Pacific Time. WWDC is often one of many two greatest Apple occasions of the 12 months (the opposite is the now-recurring iPhone/Apple Watch occasion within the fall), and it typically focuses on software program.
It has grow to be custom for Apple to introduce new variations of its working techniques to builders at WWDC. These techniques embody iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod; macOS for Mac; watchOS for Apple Watch; and tvOS for Apple TV and Apple TV 4K. Actually, these are among the major functions of the occasion. So you may count on to see detailed displays throughout Apple’s keynote on every of these, plus deeper dives for builders within the varied classes on the conference middle, which may also be made accessible as movies on Apple’s developer portal.
To arrange for the occasion, we’re recording what we deem to be the likeliest-to-be-true rumors, stories, and predictions forward of the present—not only for software program, however for hardware too.
Let’s dig in.
Enlarge / From left to proper: the iPhone eight, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max.
We’ll begin with iOS. A lot of what we find out about iOS 13 comes from a latest Bloomberg report, in addition to a handful of leaks shared by 9to5Mac in latest weeks. Apple targeted iOS 12 on fixing bugs and bettering efficiency on older units, with the corporate suspending some options to iOS 13. It is doubtless iPhone and iPad customers will lastly see among the options they did not get final 12 months, however efficiency and stability stay a spotlight.
With these priorities in thoughts, Apple has, actually, made some large modifications to the way it approaches growing iOS over the previous 12 months or two. We do not know a lot about precisely how efficiency can be improved, although. The Bloomberg report says there can be new, maybe sooner animations for the multitasking interface and for closing apps.
On the subject of new options, although, we all know a little bit extra.
Enlarge / Screenshots of iOS 13’s Darkish Mode, in accordance with 9to5Mac.
We have seen a number of stories citing dependable sources that Apple will convey Darkish Mode—which was launched to macOS with final 12 months’s 10.14 Mojave replace—to iOS units. Simply this week, 9to5Mac printed what it believes to be screenshots of Darkish Mode (pictured above). It is a boon for customers who discover themselves utilizing their telephones in mattress late at evening or whereas watching a film or TV of their residence theater, for positive, however glare on these shiny screens will imply you will most likely need to maintain the usual gentle mode on when out and about in the course of the day.
Whereas we do not have many particulars, a number of stories have mentioned that the iPad will get a brand new multitasking interface and that there can be long-asked-for modifications to the house display screen as effectively. Additional, Apple plans to introduce a manner for customers to simply cycle between totally different variations of the identical software, although it’s unclear what the advantage of this could be to mainstream customers. (Clearly, builders and a few energy customers may benefit from this tremendously.)
A 9to5Mac report additionally citing sources conversant in Apple’s plans mentioned some form of new windowed software interface can be launched—this can be the identical factor because the Bloomberg report’s be aware on multitasking, or it could possibly be one thing else. In any case, in accordance with 9to5Mac, “Every window may also have the ability to include sheets which can be initially connected to a portion of the display screen however could be indifferent with a drag gesture, changing into a card that may be moved round freely.” Customers will have the ability to stack the playing cards or dismiss them with some type of gesture.
Lastly, the sources behind the identical 9to5Mac report mentioned that Safari on the iPad will start defaulting to the desktop model of internet sites as an alternative of the cell model every time potential.
Up to date apps
Tweaks to current apps which can be made by Apple and included with the OS are anticipated with every new iOS launch. Apple is predicted to make notable modifications to Mail, Well being, Messages, Maps, Books, and notably Reminders.
For instance, the Bloomberg report says that Apple will make it simpler to entry and observe saved places in Maps. The report additionally says that customers will have the ability to mute threads in Mail, the Well being app will show new and totally different data on its fundamental display screen, and Reminders will get a much-needed whole overhaul.
Safari often sees some large modifications; this time, rumor has it that Apple will introduce a brand new downloads interface—at the least on iPad. Apple may additionally mix the somewhat-infrequently used Discover My Telephone and Discover My Buddies apps into one.
Different iOS modifications
The Bloomberg report additionally indicated that Apple will introduce a SwiftKey-like swipe keyboard. These have been accessible as third-party apps for fairly a while, however like every platform holder with an abundance of sources, Apple has typically not hesitated to undercut builders with its personal first-party model of an idea popularized by the developer neighborhood prior to now.
Lastly, Apple reportedly plans to introduce a number of new parent-focused options for Display Time, the Settings panel that got here out final 12 months. Display Time lets customers management what apps and content material could be accessed when, in addition to observe their utilization with useful metrics.