3rd June 2021

Apple WWDC Event 2021: Every Software And Hardware Announcement To Expect

Apple WWDC Event 2021: Every Software And Hardware Announcement To Expect

This year’s Apple WWDC may be going virtual again, but it’s sure to be packed with the same exciting announcements that we’ve come to expect. From 7th–11th June, we’re anticipating the usual software revelations, and perhaps even a bit of hardware news too.

So, let’s take a look at what the rumour mill is predicting for this year’s WWDC event.

Software updates

The story so far is that Apple is working on revamping iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS and macOS 12. What we’re not so sure of, however, is which ones will be announced at the WWDC 2021.

MacOS is facing some fairly minor updates, with new apps, notification improvements and fresh privacy functionalities. A much bigger upgrade is predicted for iOS 15, in the form of notification and privacy enhancements, a better Lock Screen, and even a potential iMessage update.

It’s likely that iPadOS, which is long due a refresh, will get an overhaul to its home screen. Users should be able to position widgets wherever they choose, similar to a feature that came to the iPhone in 2020, via iOS 14. iPadOS 15 could also support pro applications like Final Cut Pro, which is ideal for creative agencies.

As for watchOS 8 and tvOS, there aren’t many rumours flying about – though perhaps we could see an update to the former’s accessibility features. For the watchOS to be upgraded, however, there’d need to be the hardware to go with it. Yet as history has taught us, such announcements are few and far between at the WWDC…

New MacBook Pros

If there are any hardware releases at this year’s event, these will probably be updates to the MacBook Pros. Leaker Jon Prosser claims there’ll be two brand-new models: a 14-inch and 16-inch, respectively, both with the most drastic redesign of this device since 2016. They’ll come complete with the MagSafe port, HDMI port, SD Card reader and three Thunderbolt/USB-C ports.

Gone will be the Touch Bar, replaced with a traditional row of function keys. It’ll also have a flatter appearance (like that of the iPad Pro) and potentially enhanced mini-LED technology. There’s a redesigned thermal system that will come in handy too. See, these fresh devices are predicted to be equipped with the M1X 10-core Apple silicon chip – with eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores. There’ll even be 16-core or 32-core GPU choices, as well as support for up to 64GB.

If that wasn’t enough, the new MacBook Pros are rumoured to be following suit of the iMacs, coming in a selection of different colours.

Fresh Mac mini

Although we know that Apple is busy working on upgrades to the Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, and the Mac Pro, the only device we can see being refreshed in time for the WWDC event (aside from the MacBook Pro) is the Mac mini. In this case, the rumour mill is rife with predictions that the improved model will include a redesigned chassis and the M1X processor.

Though if there are any other Macs added to the new line-up, there could be room for a MacBook Air. There’s talk going around that it’ll be similar to the new iMac, with smaller bezels, a choice of colours, plus MagSafe.

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