Apple's WWDC 2018 Promises Plenty of Software Talk-And Maybe Some iPads

Pauline Obrien
June 4, 2018

As for hardware, everyone is hoping to see the final release of Apple's multi-device wireless charging pad AirPower, which was announced in a keynote previous year, but has been notably missing from any Apple-related news since.

iOS 12, the next version of iOS - the operating system that runs on all iPhones and iPads - will hit Apple devices in the autumn of 2018, and we are likely to see a preview of it at WWDC in June.

San Hose is the stage for this year's WWDC conference, which takes place between 4-8 June.

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The new features are likely to remind users to take regular breaks from using their iPhones for prolonged periods and provide breakdowns for how much time is spent using each app. Ideally, GDPR-level control for users should become standard for all apps across Apple's multiple operating systems.

Apple is also expected to unveil a heavily upgraded version of ARKit, the development toolkit it provides for building AR-infused iOS apps including a mode created to "let users play AR games against each other in the same virtual environment". Although it's interesting news, let's hope for a couple of demonstrations that will better help us understand the full scope of this new feature. There'll be minor new features for snoozing notifications, tracking the stock market, making video calls and sending Animojis - the virtual cartoons introduced with the iPhone X. Earlier this year, Apple executives made a decision to postpone iPhone and iPad software changes - including a redesigned Home Screen for launching apps and presenting snippets of information, an artificial intelligence upgrade to the Photos app and new file-management tools for iPads - until next year to improve the quality and responsiveness of this year's upgrade.

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Also look for iOS performance improvements, more ways to use NFC technology, some redesigned basic apps like Stocks, and most importantly, Animoji news. There could also be new watch faces including a Pride-themed one that's already leaked and fitness features. The feature will also limit personal data sent to Apple served. Just like with any major iOS update, Apple is rolling it OTA (over the air) which means that iPhone owners need to keep their eyes peeled at the notifications panel because the update should arrive anytime now.

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