Well guys, that keynote was pretty underwhelming. Software updates to all four platforms, but no sign of any hardware. We’ll have to wait for early September (new iPhones, Apple Watch) and late October (new Macs, iPad Pro X) for the good stuff.
With Apple’s WWDC 2018 event being less than 5 days away, speculation is rapidly increasing as to what we can expect. Here’s a rundown of the latest rumors.
1. Software: iOS 12, macOS 10.14 (Mojave?), tvOS 12, watchOS 5
Apple regularly introduces major updates to all four of their software platforms at WWDC, and this year should be no exception.
2. New MacBook
Apple’s 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar is likely to be upgraded, possibly get rebranded to just MacBook, and experience a price drop. Apple’s 12" MacBook is likely to receive a similar treatment. Apple may also decide to drop the price of the rest of the MacBook Pro lineup before a refresh this fall. We also expect Apple to finally kill off the MacBook Air.
3. Updated iMacs
Apple’s entire iMac lineup is likely to see upgrades. Most of the changes should be internal, and the design will likely remain mostly the same. iMacs will probably see a redesign (featuring reduced bezels and Face ID) next year.
4. Major Siri Improvements
Apple’s virtual assistant is quickly falling behind competitors (especially Google Assistant) and is in dire need of an upgrade if Apple wants to catch up.
#Now onto the less certain, but still possible announcements:
5. iPhone SE 2
The iPhone SE hasn’t seen an upgrade (other than storage adjustments) since it debuted back in March of 2016. If Apple plans to keep this phone size alive, a refresh now makes since.
6. 2018 iPad Pros
While more likely to launch later this year, it’s possible Apple will announce new iPad Pros with Face ID and further reduced bezels (though an OLED display seems unlikely).
What are you hoping Apple announces at WWDC on Monday? Of course, we may also see some small changes to Apple’s subscription services. Regardless of what happens, I plan on watching the live stream (the keynote starts at 10:00 AM PT and usually lasts a couple of hours), and will try to reply here with the most significant announcements as the event goes down to keep you all up to date!