What to expect at Apple’s 2017 developers' conference

Tech affectionados might be in for a treat if Apple decides to give out information regarding the next iteration of the iPhone.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just around the corner, technology enthusiasts the world over are speculating on what new revelations the Cupertino-headquartered tech giant will make.

Topping them would be clues to the next iPhone. Tech aficionados might be in for a treat if Apple decides to give out information regarding the next iteration of the iPhone it will launch to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the device.

To be organised from June 5-9 in San Jose, California, this year’s conference might see plenty of surprises. According to a report in The Verge, Apple would announce the next iterations of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

“All four of Apple’s big platforms are on yearly release cycles, with announcements in June, developer previews shortly thereafter and public releases in the fall. This year shouldn’t be any different,” the report said.

Dark mode and OLED

Last month, Bloomberg reported that iOS 11 would have “an updated user interface” and we could possibly see this announcement being made at the event.

Reportedly, Apple is working on a “dark mode” for the entire operating system, which changes most backgrounds from white to black.

If Apple introduces the rumoured OLED iPhone, the dark mode would save battery by letting the screen keep more pixels turned off.

Apple might also update its apps, like Mail and Safari, to allow the stylus to be used for annotations. Users can expect improvement in the iPad with the introduction of support for multiple user accounts.

Combating rivals

Given the success of Samsung Pay and the recent launch of LG Pay, Apple might also bring improvements in Apple Pay. The company’s digital assistant Siri might get smarter to counter its rivals — the Google Assistant and Samsung’s Bixby.

As far as hardware is concerned, Apple might launch Siri speaker to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home. The tech titan might also bring an update for the MacBooks — it has been two years since Apple updated the device.

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Printable version | Jul 26, 2021 10:53:57 PM |

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