Hello, big idea! The 2016 edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is set to begin on Monday. As Apple’s development community comes together in San Francisco for five full days of content, the company is expected to have much to announce about its four distinct operating systems: iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.
By now, it’s no secret that WWDC serves as Apple's big annual software show – and this year, while rumors swirl around “big” changes with Siri, we’ll have to stay tuned on June 13 for the details.
Are you as excited about WWDC as we are here at iTexico? Here are the Top 6 things we’ll be looking out for:
- Exciting Reveals. As usual, the Keynote and State of the Union speeches promise exciting reveals and new opportunities for developers. Siri, the presumed star of this year’s conference, is expected to be announced for Mac. Secondly, it’s slated to get a lot more powerful. The Information reported in May that Apple was going to open up Siri to all third-party apps. That means any developer would be able to integrate their app with it, letting people get a lot more done on their phone with voice control.
- Big Updates to Apple Music. One year after launch, Apple Music is in store for its first revamp. Recently, Bloomberg predicted that Apple Music will be getting a broad design overhaul meant to simplify its interface.
- Improvements to Apple Pay. There may be a couple more ways to pay in the next version of iOS. Apple is supposedly working on enabling Apple Pay payments on the web, so you wouldn’t have to enter a credit card and billing information every time you make a mobile purchase. The feature is supposed to arrive by the end of the year, so WWDC would be the likely time to announce it, unless plans have changed.
- A New Name for OS-X. It’s looking a like OS X will be renamed MacOS this year, bringing it in line with the function-forward naming scheme used by iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
- Top Notch Speakers. Exciting lunchtime presentations will also be available Tuesday throughFriday on the third floor of Moscone West in Presidio. Among the speakers are Haben Girma – a White House Champion of Change, Forbes 30 under 30 leader and acclaimed accessibility and inclusion advocate. The World Wildlife Fund’s Ginette Hemley will also be presenting.
- Updates to tvOS and watchOS. Finally, we’re almost certainly going to hear about updates to tvOS and watchOS on Monday. Apple has actually managed to keep details on these two projects a secret, but it’s likely that both will continue to focus on refining and building out the basics.
Other predictions include a number of small design tweaks across iOS, including making it a bit more colorful, adding rounded edges in some places, and updating a few icons. iOS’s Photos app is also expected to get new editing features.
Can’t attend the WWDC, but still interested in live coverage? The Verge will be covering the event live from San Francisco, so you can follow along with us for all the news.
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