WWDC 2018: Will there be any new hardware reveals?

Florence Fletcher
June 5, 2018

As per reports, Apple has put aside its grand plans for iOS in 2018, "delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues".

The event will take place at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. These are the requirements. This could well be Apple's way to distract users from their own scandal which saw them accused of slowing down their older generation iPhones with new firmware so as to force users to buy newer devices.

A desktop app might be introduced for Apple News and a revamped Mac App Store. Reports suggest a new Digital Health tool for iOS 12 could be showcased, while new features that use AR may also be in the spotlight. While macOS supports dark theme now, it only applies the changes to the menubar and the dock.

Specifics what on what Apple will release are hard to come by.

When it comes to Siri, Apple is adding Shortcuts. It's certainly something I'd expect to get a huge focus in today's keynote if it is slated for this year's updates. The latest iOS update is expected to allow developers to use the integrated NFC chips on iPhones for more functions like unlocking a auto or switch on the security system inside your home.

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Lastly, the Near Field Communications (NFC) feature in iPhones might be slightly expanded to include unlocking of hotel rooms. A Dark Mode for macOS is also expected at the event.

Regardless, maybe we will get an official name for the next macOS update tomorrow.

The original iPhone SE was released in 2016, with Apple the following year opting against their typical yearly handset upgrade. Like the iPhone X, iPhone SE2 may include FaceID support for biometric authentication. The interesting thing about this particular livestream is hat Chrome and Firefox users may be able to tune in.

In other words, the big announcements from Apple will all relate to the iPhone software. Word is we may also see some new hardware, including some sort of iPhone. It would reveal the ways Apple would consider to bond with the developers in order to achieve its priorities and objectives.

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