Live Blog of Apple's 2018 WWDC Keynote

Florence Fletcher
June 5, 2018

The developer conference will begin with the keynote which will be addressed by Apple's CEO Tim Cook. A Digital Health feature may be unveiled too give users more information about the time they spend on their phones.

The highlight will likely be iOS 12, and there have been some leaks around the upcoming iOS version. There will be an increased focus on Augmented Reality (AR) in iOS 12. This might be great news for fans of the Pokemon Go AR game, who are still waiting for player-versus-player battle features.

Apple iOS 12 NFC features: The functionality of NFC or Near-Field Communication feature, which is now used for payments in Apple Pay, could be expanded for verifying identity, unlocking doors, etc. Currently, NFC can only be used for Apple Pay. Xcode, Apple's programming platform, is reported to be getting an upgrade and, as per the iOS news, Apple will also likely add support for cross-platform apps on macOS.

Last year, Apple introduced macOS High Sierra, which is essentially a refinement of Sierra.

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Next-gen macOS would probably be known as macOS 10.14 and it is predicted to get deeper Siri integration than before. This implies that developers will have access to a lot of features after the 2018 WWDC, with more changes coming in iOS 12. With iOS 11, Siri got app suggestions for personalization in native iOS apps like News, Mail, Messages, and Safari apps. Now, the Messages app is finally totally in sync for both iOS and macOS. This means developers can design software and applications for Macs that include baked-in artificial intelligence created to run locally. The SE2 has been touted to be released "soon" since the start of the year, but more concrete evidence was found by French site Consomac, which discovered that Apple had registered new phone models Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).

Like the watchOS 5, there are very few rumours about the new tvOS.

There are various reports, including one from Bloomberg, saying that this year's WWDC will be "hardware-less". The company is also rumored to unveil new 12-inch MacBooks and latest upgrades to the personal assistant Siri and ARKit software platform.

Now it looks like there could be more signs that a new MacBook Pro is in the works, according to a recently spotted benchmark which reveals a MacBook Pro sporting Intel's new six-core Core i7-8750H processor, which is part of Intel's Coffee Lake family of processors.

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