The year 2020 will not be forgotten by anyone, and the anomaly to which the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to adapt does not distinguish between people or organizations. Apple’s WWDC 2020 is proof of this. Cupertino’s firm was forced to replace its massive keynote from the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for a virtual conference to be held this Monday, June 22, 2020. The good news – within all – is that Tim Cook’s have never stopped working and are continuing with their calendar launching, adapted –that is– to this “new normal”.
What do we hope to see in this edition? We’ll tell you then.
First things: how to follow her live
Apple confirmed that the keynote main will be broadcast on Monday June 22 at 10 hours PT / 13 hours ET (19 hours Spain). You can follow it live through the official website of the company, in addition to the Apple TV app, YouTube and the Apple Developer platform. For Chinese users, the event will be broadcast through Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili and Youku.
Besides the keynote main at 14 hours PT / 17 hours ET presentation will be available Platforms State of the Union, where details of the advances in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS will be delivered by engineers. This event will be available upon request by the Apple Developer platform, in addition to Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili and YouKu for viewers in China.
Between June 23 and 26Meanwhile, there will be more than 100 technical and design sessions led by Apple engineers, in which developers can learn how to build the next generation of applications. The videos will be published every day at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET on the Apple Developer platform.
As we have advanced, the keynote main will be a live broadcast of the event that will take place in Apple Park and not the massive attendance to which the firm has accustomed us. Anyway, we are going to review everything that is known, suspected and intuited that we will see in the contest.
What do we expect to see
Transition to ARM on Mac
Prepare a drum roll, since the highlight of the day would be the (in) expected announcement by Apple to migrate the processors of their Mac to ARM. This chimera was raised (and discarded) back in 2013 and, as confirmed by Mark Gurman – practically an oracle in regard to Apple – in the keynote The expected announcement will be made. Why is it so transcendent?
With this transition, the firm’s computers would share a processor with the iPad and iPhone and, as you know, these chips generate less heat, consume less energy and are cheaper. We are not going to anticipate events but the next Mac could have a much longer battery life (we dare not say that they will be cheaper, in the case of Apple). On the other hand, the Californian firm would not depend on the evolution of processors by third parties and for developers, the process would be greatly simplified. All in all, the first Mac with this architecture would not arrive until 2021, according to Gurman’s predictions.
The iPhone operating system will experience a new and powerful update, some details are surmised – eye, always in the key of rumor and without official confirmation – which we will detail below. The first and most relevant novelty is that Apple continues to loosen restrictions on third-party platforms, so that it will allow external browsers to be set as default. What does this mean? That we can open the link of an email in Chrome, to give an example, by default.
The other novelty would be found in the popular messaging application of the Messages ecosystem (formerly known as iMessages); According to the different leaks – it should be remembered that an eventual version of iOS 14 has been circulating for months among the hacker community – this chat application would have a very similar system of mentions to Slack. That is, we could mention a specific user in a group preceding the content with a ‘@‘ and his name, something that undoubtedly enhances its use among friends, families and the work environment.
We are also waiting for the incorporation of HomeKit in iOS 14: facial recognition, Apple TV audio, Night Shift for lights; main accessibility features, Alipay Apple Pay, integration of wallpapers applications; CarPlay wallpapers, deeper integration of Apple Store in Maps; some leaks also suggest that the new iOS 14 works with BMW on the futuristic iPhone feature “CarKey”.
A keychain password manager is also expected to get own 1Password features. In addition, Apple develops the very useful “Clips” function, which will allow you to use applications without requiring full downloads. It would also include a built-in translator in Safari, full Apple Pencil support on websites, and more.
A new iMac?
WWDC is more than just software. In 2019, Apple announced the Mac Pro and for this version the rumor has grown that it will present a redesign of the iMac. Many years have passed since the design of this computer was updated. It still has thick bezels and old components and peripherals. We hope to see thinner bezels and larger screens, sharing the iPad Pro’s “design language”, it emerged.
There is also the possibility that Face IDs reach the Mac, hinted at by the Memojis that appear in the photographs with which the event is being promoted. This security feature has been on iPhones for years, but it hasn’t made it to Mac yet. In fact, iMacs don’t support Touch ID yet, as the Magic Keyboard doesn’t include one.
According to MacRumors, the new computer has a T2 chip for security features, plus an AMD Navi GPU and flash storage, removing the Fusion disk. In April 2020, Intel announced Comet Lake processors, which may be available on iMac.
We don’t know how radical the iMac redesign will be, but the current one starts at $ 1,099 for the 21.5-inch model, which still uses a dual-core processor and mechanical hard drive.
Last year, Apple separated the iPad from iOS by introducing iPadOS 13. It recently got new features with iPadOS 13.4, adding support for trackpad and mouse input. This 2020 we hope that Apple continues to focus on making the iPad a more powerful platform, and not so much (only) for entertainment, but also for productivity. The quarantine that we have lived has made this a real necessity.
Many of the changes that come with iOS 14 will also roll out to iPadOS 14, such as augmented reality features, improvements to the Keychain password manager, and a revamped Podcast app. We also expect a variety of new features for advanced users, although we should know the details only on Monday 22.
The iPadOS 14 feature is rumored to have been full Apple Pencil support on websites. This means that iPad owners could use the Apple Pencil not only to scroll and touch, but also to draw and mark things with all their capabilities in Safari and other browsers.
Other details about iPadOS 14 are not clear at the moment, but we hope to surprise us this Monday, June 22.
As always, great things are expected for the Apple Watch. watchOS 7 would bring a variety of improvements to the platform, including new health features, a new Kids mode, and more.
As usual, watchOS 7 will add new clock “faces”. Perhaps most notably, Apple appears to be planning a new Infograph Pro watch face with a built-in tachymeter. This continues Apple’s trend of bringing analog watch features to the digital Apple Watch. There is also expected to be support for creating custom watch faces based on shared albums from the Photos app, as well as a new digital watch face called International.
Kids Mode in watchOS 7 will include a variety of features designed to make it easier for parents to manage the watches their kids wear. This will include the ability to set up and manage Apple Watches for kids using a parent’s iPhone, as well as manage which apps kids can use during certain times of the day.
The Apple Watch has become a device focused on health and fitness, and is expected to continue with watchOS 7. 9to5Mac reported a few months ago that Apple was developing a new feature to detect blood oxygen levels for the first time. Once, a feature that would be able to monitor your information and send you a notification if the number falls below a certain level.
9to5Mac also informed us of the Sleep application, which was leaked in a screenshot last October, and since then has been reporting on many of its features. The Sleep app will monitor your sleep using different sensors and metrics, including heart rate, noise, and movement. It will also help users remember to charge their Apple Watch before bed.
What would a WWDC be if there is no hard-hitting hardware announcement and this time it looks like it will be no different. Apple could announce the expected AirTags (yes, this would be its official name); As you know, this device is an accessory that is added to others so that you can easily locate them in case of loss (similar to Tile or Chipolo). Although everything seems to indicate that, given the extensive ecosystem of those of the apple, its scope would be much higher and at the platform level.
In this sense, and as we can read in Appleinsider, the system would operate on the one hand through “geo-fences” (geofences), so that if the device under control leaves a certain area, we would receive an alert. The second way of using AirTags would be much more ambitious and would take advantage of the muscle of the firm’s ecosystem: by marking a device as ‘lost’, any iPhone or iPad, from any user, would geolocate it, alerting the user to its location. Can you imagine what it means to have millions of iPhones around the world at your service to find your lost phone?
We do not know the success or not of the Apple smart speaker in the market, but we know that the company plays with two different decks: the one for the long term and the one for the ecosystem. Seen in this light, it is difficult to rate a product as successful or unsuccessful solely because of its pure sales figure; So, has Apple TV been a bad product for the company? With respect to the HomePod, it is suspected that the manufacturer could announce an evolution of this horn and make it accessible to a wider spectrum of users.
Thus, as Techradar reflects, Apple could announce a more compact and economical version than the original HomePod and we assume that this new product would complete the range, not replace it. The HomePod ‘mini’ would have a cheaper barrier to entry so that the critical mass of users could grow and more in line with what its rivals in the market like Amazon and other manufacturers of smart speakers offer.
Other possible announcements
Another rumor is that the company may be preparing a Apple tv sixth generation, which would have the A12X chip inside, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Although a remote control for this device would have been discovered in the iOS 14 code, there is no certainty when it will actually arrive.
* Updated by Daniel Matus on June 21, 2020.