Apple’s annual WWDC 2016 conference is scheduled for June 13 and if you are waiting to hear about the iPhone 7 or new MacBooks, you will be disappointed. In a recent podcast, Mark Gurman revealed that Apple isn’t likely to have any hardware-related announcements, and will instead only focus on the software bit. The announcements will be centered around iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformationAlso Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
Apple’s iOS 10 is likely to bring along some tweaks to the overall design scheme. In terms of colors, Apple is set to go beyond the overly white color scheme and introduce more color options. Apple Music is also set to get a major upgrade. As reported before, the service is being made more intuitive with new features, and is also being given a UI refresh with black and white color schemes. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
The Photos app too is getting a refresh with more editing options as well as a system-wide markup feature. Apple’s iMessage too is said to be getting the option to transfer money using Apple Pay. Reports also suggest that Apple may introduce a new built-in encryption software.
Siri is likely to hog the limelight during the keynote at WWDC 2016. As per reports, Apple is ready to open up its digital assistant for developers, who will then be able to make their apps and services accessible through Siri. The company is already said to have a few deals in place with third-party services like Yelp. Siri is also going beyond iOS, and Apple is believed to be bringing the digital assistant to OS X.
Gurman though had some interesting tidbits about Apple’s hardware announcements that are expected in the near future. MacBooks are likely to get a TouchID scanner for added security, and a programmable OLED bar above the keyboard. The upcoming iPhones will have relocated antenna lines, no 3.5mm audio jack and waterproofing as well. We will however have to wait until September to hear more about iPhone 7.
Apple’s WWDC 2016 kicks off on June 13 at 10:30PM IST. The keynote address will be live streamed on Apple’s website and one can follow it using an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, or a PC running on OS X with Safari browser. Windows 10 users can also watch the event live on Microsoft Edge browser.
The podcast featuring Mark Gurman follows below.