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Here’s What To Expect From WWDC 2024

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2024 has been confirmed for June 10th, and Apple’s annual showcase of products could bring major AI announcements, which will affect the entire product line.

It’s usually a software-focused keynote address, which covers key upgrades for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and other key apps and platforms.

This year, a big iOS 18 revamp is rumoured, as well as the first look at the company’s generative AI plans.

Apple has already promised the reveal of major AI breakthroughs, in an effort to catch up with Google and OpenAI.

When announcing the WWDC keynote, the company’s marketing chief Greg Joswiack said the event was going to be “absolutely incredible.”

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman believes this conference will be less about generative AI chatbots, and more about improvements to make daily life easier.

These could manifest via a dramatically enhanced Siri voice assistant, which will be more powerful than the current one, complete with more natural conversation capabilities.

iOS 18’s biggest improvements could be the advanced AI tools and features, with reports suggesting there will be AI-assisted writing for apps such as Pages, and Xcode, along with auto-generated playlists in Apple Music, which could be based on mood.

This year’s iPhone update is also tipped to be one of the largest in years, with rumours of a home screen with greater customisation options, and app icons less rigidly confined to the grid.

What’s also likely is Apple integrating RCS messaging support for conversations between Android and iOS devices.

iPadOS 18 will also gain majority of these improvements outlined by Apple, as well as some of its own.

Experts believe Apple will highlight enhancements to its Vision Pro headset software, with visionOS likely to join the platforms updated once a year.

It has also been rumoured that Apple is working on a new Pencil, which would allow users to draw in XR on any flat surface.

Being the first WWDC since the Vision Pro has been in developer’s hands, there could also be a glimpse into what third-party software makers are creating for the headset.

Additionally, experts believe there will be information regarding selling arrangements outside of the US.

Along with iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, it’s likely the new watchOS 11 and macOS 15 updates will be revealed. Apple TVs should gain tvOS 18, and HomePod Software 18 will likely gain improvements as well.

Apple will also likely showcase how some of its key apps and services are improving, across the operating system divide. There will likely be sustainability, security, and privacy updates as well.

Occasionally, Apple drops a hardware surprise at WWDC, however, with new MacBooks having already been released, and iPads expected soon, it’s unlikely this will happen this year.

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