In addition to all the rumors around the next iPhone line-up, there’s an exciting piece of news for Apple fans. Apple’s WWDC 2017 or the Worldwide Developer Conference 2017 is happening between June 5 to June 9 in McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
The keynote event will kick off at 10 AM PT or 10:30 PM IST on June 5, Monday. The event would see developers from around the world participating while the Cupertino giant would offer a preview of upcoming software and hardware products from its vaults. After iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS and macOS Sierra announced at WWDC last year, here’s all you can expect from the annual developer conference next month. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
The latest iOS upgrade would be an undisputed attraction. iOS 11 rumors have been floating around tipping of key features. As PhoneArena reports, iPhone running iOS 11 ‘will reportedly default to a free FaceTime audio call when attempting to call other iPhone users’. Alongside, FaceTime group video chat could support up to 5 participants in the latest upgrade. The Cupertino giant could release developer and public beta versions of iOS 11 soon after the announcement, ahead of an official global rollout, the report notes. ALSO READ: Apple AirPods Review
According to an earlier report, iOS 11 would be integrated with intelligent power saving tech, which would allow the iOS device to automatically switch to low power mode as soon as the battery strength goes down to 20 percent. A major revamp is expected to dawn upon Apple Wallet app which could now be reintroduced as Pay aap. Apple‘s Pay app will reportedly offer peer-to-peer payment and is expected to come with iMessage integration allowing users to transfer funds via the messaging app.
Siri to step up
It’s been quite long since Siri has got a major overhaul. With times looking thin for Siri as rival digital assistant gaining numbers, Apple is expected to add new features to it. According to The Verifier, Siri will get more control on iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
Much like new digital assistants such as Google Assitant and Bixby, Siri is likely to get algorithmic learning abilities and offer suggestions based on usage patterns. The reports also claim that Siri would also get iCloud and iMessage integration.
Apple announced WatchOS last year, an independent OS from the iOS for wearable Apple devices. It is now expected to release another iteration of WatchOS which could possibly offer more power to app developers. Also, it would be exciting to see Apple giving a performance boost to Siri on WatchOS.
Apple against Google Home and Amazon Alexa
Well known Apple analyst JP Morgan has claimed that Apple could offer an exclusive preview of iPhone 8 at the WWDC 2017, which is an unlikely claim to make, given the reports of delay at Apple manufacturing units. While we are not certain of an iPhone 8 announcement, another hardware from Apple could possibly make its entry at the WWDC stage. ALSO READ: Apple Siri speaker, Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor to debut at WWDC 2017: Report
Rumors have it that the Cupertino’s vault has a rival hardware against Google Home and Amazon Echo. Extending its smart home portfolio, the hardware is supposed to have Siri on board to control electronic appliances in your home. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple s smart home product could launch sometime in the second half of 2017, and it is likely to cost more than Amazon Echo which sells for $179 (approximately Rs 11,500).