Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

June 4 news, Apple Developer Conference (WWDC) 2021 will be held online from June 8 to 12 Beijing time. The most anticipated part of this event is the upgrade of the five operating systems iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15. In addition, new products in Apple hardware are also of great interest, with the highest call for AirPods 3, the new 14/16-inch MacBook Pro and the Apple MR headset.

Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of global education marketing, mentioned, “For Apple engineers and designers, WWDC is an annual event where we bring developers together to learn about and discuss the latest cutting-edge technologies.” WWDC 2021 is a public, free event that anyone can watch and participate in.

After experiencing the first online WWDC, developers found that while online participation was both convenient and cost effective, it was more unfortunate that offline communication opportunities were missing. Therefore, for this year’s WWDC conference, Apple CEO Cook said, “In order to ensure the quality of the conference and to enhance the experience of participants, this conference will be in addition to keynote speeches, new features, new technologies, one-on-one workshops for developers launched.”

The slogan for this year’s Apple WWDC event conference is “Glow and behold”. Through the previously released Apple event invitation video, many players have begun to guess the content of the conference will be released according to the video details.

For example, in the “red-haired girl” looking at the MacBook open screen. The software elements reflected from her glasses, in addition to the calendar App shows “7”, foreshadowing the June 7 event conference time, that other information whether hidden Apple’s release clues. Is there a hint of new macOS features in this? The “red-haired girl” is wearing glasses without legs, is this a clue to AR glasses?

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

Apple’s invitation to the event
According to the latest report shared by Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, the new features introduced in iOS 15, codenamed “Sky”, include a redesigned iPad home screen, a new lock screen interface, as well as new notification options and better privacy protection.

I. iOS 15: Support for AOD rest screen technology, customizable message reminders, dual biometrics on

iOS 14 released last year updated with a customizable home screen, picture-in-picture video, a new Siri interface, more shortcut settings and widgets, and a new way to organize applications App Library.

It is reported that iOS 15 Developer Beta will be released on the first day of this WWDC conference, then the public beta version of iOS 15 is expected to be launched at the end of June or early July, and finally the official version will be launched in September or the first or second week of October.

Sources say that iOS 15 will be available for iPhone 7 and above (including iPhone 7), such as the iPhone 6s those using the A9 processor may not have the opportunity to upgrade.

1, the introduction of the new mimetic style

Neumorphism has been exploding since last year, and now iOS 15 may have to “keep up with the times” and follow this trend. Simply put, Neumorphism looks a bit like an embossed effect, between the flat and projection style.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

Previously there was also news that the iOS 15 app icons will also be re-simplified and designed, with a new app icon expected in the new system.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

2, AOD rest screen display technology

Regarding the new features of iOS 15 system upgrade, according to Max Weinbach, a person familiar with the matter, it will support AOD rest screen technology (always-on display). Because the upcoming iPhone 13 equipped with OLED display, it is able to actively illuminate the.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

AOD rest screen technology is to light up the screen with individual pixels to display the clock and some common information, users can check the clock and other short message notifications etc. without pressing the power button to light up the whole screen, this technology can reduce power consumption when using the phone.

3, notification management revamp, control center upgrade

Second, iOS 15 will set new alert notifications based on the user’s current activity, for example, allowing users to choose whether they are driving, working, sleeping or customizing their state. This setting allows users to set whether they need an audible alert for each message, and it also replaces the original “Do Not Disturb” and “Sleep” modes.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

The control bar design of iOS 15 will probably be closer to macOS BigSur with a more compact layout. In this way, the user experience of iOS and macOS will be more unified.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

Then, iOS 15 supports dual biometric authentication. Apple introduced a new feature called “Unlock Apple Watch”, which supports users to use the watch to unlock the iPhone while wearing a mask.

  1. Enhance the social attributes of iMessage

Elsewhere, iOS 15 allows gadgets to add more interactive gestures and introduces new iMessage features, with the ultimate goal of making it more of a social media platform, which could lead to competition with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

5, widget interactivity enhanced

According to the U.S. media technology website PhoneArena predicts that iOS 15 will bring more sizes and functions of widgets, focusing on improving the interactivity with users.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

6, user privacy and security protection awareness enhanced

According to the U.S. media technology review site MacRumors, Apple will add a new menu to iOS 15 that shows which applications are quietly collecting user data, in an attempt to further improve the privacy of the iPhone.

Second, iPadOS 15: little difference from previous-generation system, customizable home screen

Apple launched the new iPad last fall and introduced the new iPad Pro with M1 chip in April. Most of the differences between the old and new models are in hardware, with less differences in software. In the upcoming iPadOS 15 operating system, users can customize the settings of the home screen.

For example, adding desktop widgets directly to the home screen removes the previous left side view setting. Recent news about Zoom’s private use of Apple’s APIs hints at possible improvements in Apple’s program settings for FaceTime/video collaboration. Also, widgets will not be shrunken into the tool pile.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

In addition, in April this year, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering John Ternus (John Ternus) in an exclusive interview with foreign media, repeatedly stressed that it will not integrate the Mac and iPad product lines, each to be the best product in its field.

In terms of notification center, privacy, according to Bloomberg news said iPadOS 15 notification center will be consistent with iOS 15. Users can flexibly adjust their current state, customize the notification method and auto-reply. iPadOS will also include a new alert method, as well as a new monitoring interface that can inform users whether their data is secretly read by the app.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

Three, tvOS 15: will introduce parental control of the “child mode”

Apple in the release of WWDC 2021 date of the announcement, specifically mentioned the name of tvOS. It is reported that this software may use a new design, while equipped with a complete parental control and screen time management tools “child mode”.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

Four, macOS 12, watchOS 8: watch or have more health monitoring features

No more details about masOS operating system for the time being, this macOS 12 may be just a minor update to focus on behind-the-scenes changes.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

As with macOS, watchOS 8 has few leaked details at this point. There are rumors that the new version of the OS will bring a more diverse dial design and it also has more health monitoring features. For example, Apple Watch 6 has a pulse oximeter that can be used with heart rate readings to detect high levels of stress or even a heart attack.

It is understood that in watchOS 8 operating system, it might be used for swimming fitness tracking and blood sugar monitoring. There are also rumors that watchOS 8 will allow the Apple Watch to use Siri even when it is not connected to the network. this will greatly improve the usability of Siri during exercise.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

V. AirPods 3: Using a decompression system with detachable earbuds

There has been some recent speculation about Apple’s plans to update the AirPods, and the new AirPods 3 will take a page from the AirPods Pro’s design with a smaller stem and silicone earbuds, with removable earbuds that can be freely switched between semi-in-ear and in-ear.

The new AirPods will also feature equal anti-noise and cancelling the external sound, the same technology used in the AirPods Pro. It is also predicted that Apple will launch Apple Music Hi-Fi music service.

Sixth, the new MacBook Pro: M chip upgrade, cancel Touch Bar

In addition to AirPods 3, rumors predict that a new MacBook Pro will be launched at this conference, and it will be equipped with the latest M series chip. The new M chip will be equipped with a 10-core CPU, optional 16-core and 32-core GPU, and even support up to 64GB of RAM, which is a performance beast. Of course, the new chip will also support more Thunderbolt ports to further enhance the expansion performance of MacBook Pro.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

The new MacBook Pro will probably be launched in two model sizes of 14 and 16 inches, of which, 14 inches will replace the current 13.3-inch model. By narrowing the screen bezel to achieve a similar size to the 13.3-inch version. In appearance it is more inclined to the flat edge design of the iPhone 12.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

Whether it is equipped with mini-LED this point is still on unclear, but the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is said to have a 35% increase in the size of the heat sink, increasing the design of the cooling pad, more efficient heat management. On both sides of the new MacBook Pro, all ports except USB-C and 3.5mm have been removed, but the MagSafe magnetic interface is expected to be restored.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

In addition, it has been confirmed that the new MacBook Pro will no longer be equipped with a Touch Bar, which will be replaced by physical function keys.

Apple WWDC conference ultimate spoilers: five major system upgrades, MacBook appearance overhaul

Seven, MR headset: OLED display, support AR/VR experience

Another more rumored Apple MR-related products, according to a previous report by Tianfeng International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the prototype of Apple’s MR headset is now out, and it will be equipped with Sony’s OLED display and optical module, which can provide both AR and VR experiences.

In terms of price, due to its more complex design, the price is expected to be around 6500 RMB, similar to the price of high-end iPhone models.

Conclusion: WWDC 2021 will bring comprehensive upgrades to products, services and experiences

Since Apple issued a time announcement for the WWDC 2021 conference, the public has been speculating more than its content. From operating system upgrades to speculation about AirPod and MR headset, all of them are filled with people’s expectations for Apple.

There are reports that Apple will integrate the latest R&D technologies into product design starting with the WWDC 2021 conference. These will obviously bring more new products, services and experiences to the market, and they will last for decades.

Source: TechStory, Apple

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