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WWDC: Expectations, Hope and Dreams



Within a few days, Tim Cook and the gang come to the main stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA for Apple WWDC Keynote. Big Nerd Ranch is very excited about WWDC this year, and we have some high expectations and high dreams of what to announce.

If you want to join us to see the keynote, we will host a viewing party in Atlanta offices. To answer or get more information, see the event page.

iOS

The update iOS 13 will have the usual glitter and glam updates, a new home screen on iPad and dark mode that has been a big hit at Mojave. We should also see many new features in the Apple App core such as Files, Reminders, Messages and Maps.

We really hope to see some great improvements for the iPad, such as better multi-tasking and window management. We can even see mouse support added. If we are lucky, they will showcase the side-car project, a long-awaited feature that will allow the use of the iPad as a second screen with your Mac. There is some hack to achieve this already, but having official Apple support for this will be good.

We are also curious about whether Apple will maintain the numeric naming system for iOS, or whether they will switch to a naming convention similar to macOS.

If Apple remains trustworthy, we should play with iOS 1

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macOS

There are some major changes coming to macOS. We know for sure that 10.15 will be the first version to officially remove support for 32-bit apps. If you see alerts that the software you installed is not optimized for Mac, these apps will no longer run at 10.15.

The second major thing that comes to macOS is the official release of the Marzipan project, which allows universal development of apps over iOS and macOS. You've probably already seen marzipan in action at Mojave with Apple News, Voice Memos, Stocks and Home. We have a sneak peak last year, but we are happy to see the final performance and really start playing with it.

We also expect that 10.15 will break up iTunes into more apps for music, movies and podcasts similar to what we have already seen in iOS.

Beyond that, we hope to see better Apple ID management and maybe some updates for Messages to include some of the popular iOS features.

watchOS

WatchOS 6 update will be a game switch for Apple wearables. Apple is slowly untethering the clock from the phone, so we expect to see an Apple Watch App Store! This will allow you to browse and download apps directly to your watch.

We expect some updates to the health program and possibly a sneak peak at some sleep management features.

We also expect to see more Apple apps looking for voice memos, calculator and books with audiobook support directly on the clock.

tvOS

We do not expect too much on tvOS, but we will probably see some updates around all the new services that Apple recently announced as Arcade +, News +, and of course TV +.

Hardware

The world has been eagerly awaiting a new Mac Pro. We haven't seen an update on this since 2013, and there have been some exciting rumors about a more modular Mac Pro and possibly a new Apple 6k display. Apple stopped producing its own free-standing displays in 2016 and the displays hadn't been updated for quite a few years before. They have shown amazing displays that have been limited to the iMac / iMac Pro models, and we expect that if a new Mac Pro is announced, they will pair it with a stunning stand-alone display.

Leading up to WWDC Apple recently updated its Mac Book Pro models with 8 core processors and up to 32 GB of memory! Usually, this would probably mean that there would be no Mac Book Pro update. But there have been rumors of a 16.5-inch Mac Book Pro that can still look at the main stage. Please! Quite please!

We've just seen the first update to iPod touch in 4 years, making the most up to date with today's hardware offerings. If you really want the regular headphone jack, you can here.

We can dream, can't we?

We already have a lot to be excited about this year, but if Apple really wants to win our hearts, they will give us some extra sugar from our wishlist:

  • Remote Logging that lets us get detailed crash data back without third party integrations [19659026] Integrated Analtylics Respecting Privacy
  • More Siri Shortcuts
  • An Official Xcode Manager
  • Xcode on iPad
  • New Usable Hardware like AR Glasses
  • Monitor Time APIs
  • A Modern Continuous Layer replacing Core Data
  • Camera support on the simulator
  • Addiction injection for StoryBoard View Controllers without using Segments
  • Instant Apps
  • Live code updates

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