26th April 2017

WWDC 2017

As summer is fast approaching it is the time when most Mac fans start to think about Apple’s famous World Wide Developers Conference or WWDC event.

This year the event will be held at McEnery Convention Centre, San Jose, California, between the 5-9th June. It’s the time of year when Apple tells the world about its latest development for the operating systems that run its Macs, mobile, TV and Watch devices.

It has also been used as a platform for Apple to announce new products. So what can we expect this year?

The givens are that if you don’t have a ticket already then you have no chance of attending. Apple ran a lottery earlier on this year and if lucky enough to win you would have to find over £1k to buy your ticket. What we also know is that Apple will hold a keynote speech on the first day of WWDC 2017 to show the world where macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS will be heading. The remainder of the week is devoted to developer training courses and awards ceremonies.

So will Apple launch new products at WWDC 2017? This is a hard one to call. This time last year the Apple rumour mill was awash that Apple were going to launch the new MacBook Pro. By the time the keynote had finished with no such announcement social media was full of angry Mac users impatient at the wait for a new model.

As we all know the new MacBook Pros did arrive in October. Apple have already informed us that new iMacs are in the pipeline for this year and that a new Mac Pro is coming next. So it could be that we get updates on these two models at WWDC. There are also rumours that Apple will be doing something on the iPad Pros, the Apple Pencil and the Watch.

Personally, we would quite like it if Apple kept WWDC to the software side of things. It is a developer’s conference after all and by understanding what changes and upgrades Apple are bringing to their various OS’s means that you get a good indication of where the hardware is going.

Like most Mac users we will be watching the live streaming of the keynote speech at WWDC to see what Apple have in the pipeline for us, regardless of whether it is OS or hardware based.