On the seventh day of June, the cicadas begin to chirp at the head of the river.
With the sound of cicadas, Apple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is scheduled to open on June 8 at 1 a.m. Beijing time, still in online format.
According to WWDC content in the past few years, Apple will showcase new versions of operating systems such as iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 and watchOS 8, and may also bring new 14/16-inch MacBook Pro and other hardware products at this conference.
Whether you’re a developer or an average consumer, there’s something to watch at WWDC. We have summarized the current reliable rumors about WWDC 2021 (meaning the source is relatively reliable, the news itself is not necessarily accurate), and we will take a first look at the content of this year’s conference.
New MacBook Pro
First of all, I regret to inform users of the iPhone 6s series and the first generation iPhone SE: according to Israeli website The Verifier and French website iPhoneSoft, these models with A9 processors will not be able to update iOS 15.
That means that the oldest models supported by iOS 15 will be the iPhone 7 series, which was released in 2017.
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As of press time, a summary of the changes in iOS 15 can be found below.
- New mimetic style
Changes in appearance are often more perceptible than updates in functionality. So let’s take a look at the new design of iOS 15.
Neumorphism has been exploding since last year, and now iOS 15 may be embracing the trend as well. Simply put, Neumorphism looks a bit like an embossed effect, somewhere between a flat and a projected style.
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Previously, App Store Connect and Apple Music for Artist, both for developers and music creators, were given a new style of icon. The embossed effect and the gradient of the frame make the icons in iOS 15 look quite textured. iOS 15 is likely to fully embrace this design style.
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- Control Center update
According to McGure Wood, an Apple tipster, the design of iOS 15 Control Center 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.
- Changes to the settings page
In mid to late May, Apple announced an update to the Accessibility feature. The settings page in the picture is not the same as the existing one, with all the settings options becoming card-based. This is most likely a new design for iOS 15.
New settings page
- The rest screen display is coming
Max Weinbach is convinced that the next-generation iPhone will use the Apple Watch’s always-on screen technology for the rest screen display.
In theory, even without LTPO adaptive refresh rate, iPhone X, iPhone Xs series, iPhone 11 Pro series, iPhone 12 all series with OLED screen have the opportunity to enjoy this feature by upgrading iOS 15.
It depends on whether Apple will turn these older models away for the sake of longevity. It would be disappointing if the next generation of iPhones only support the rest screen display.
- New notification management features
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman believes that iOS 15 will bring a new notification management feature. It will be based on the user’s custom status, such as driving, working, sleeping, etc., to determine whether the phone should silence or ring when a message comes.
Users will also be able to create different auto-response functions based on their status, such as “driving” when driving. Users can switch the status in the “Lock Screen” and “Control Center” pages.
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- Widgets are more playful
Widgets are a very playful new feature on iOS 14. Tech site PhoneArena predicts that iOS 15 will bring widgets of more sizes and features that will focus on improving interactivity.
For example, the Apple Music widget will not only allow you to cut songs, but also adjust the volume and more.
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- Enhancing iMessage’s social properties
As previously reported by Bloomberg, Apple is building richer social features for iMessage to better compete with apps like WhatApp. The new version of iMessage will likely arrive with iOS 15.
- Privacy and security are always on the table
MacRumors says Apple will add a new menu to iOS 15 that will show which apps are quietly collecting user data in an effort to further improve iPhone privacy.
- Food Tracking Goes Live
Apple’s “Health” app will add video tracking, potentially allowing users to record the food they consume to provide nutrition and calorie statistics, source Connor Jewiss has revealed. It’s not clear, however, that users will need to manually enter all the information about their food.
There is a theory that Apple is building some kind of food database where users can take pictures to measure the approximate calories of food. That might work for single varieties of fruit and bread. In the face of complex foods such as Chinese food, it is likely to be no good.
- Dark mode update
The iOS dark mode has always been the benchmark of the industry. iOS 15 will be based on the existing dark mode, with some minor changes, such as the color of iMessage bubbles and so on.
Which of these updates are you looking forward to the most? On the whole, iOS 15 is more like an improved version of iOS 14. Without the new anthropomorphic innovation of icons, it might be hard to make people feel like they’ve got a new phone.
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The 2021 iPad Pro is undoubtedly exciting, and the M1 chip seems to unleash even more productivity.
But when you think about it, what can the M1 chip do on iPad? Are there any killer apps? Is there a big difference in experience with the previous generation iPad Pro?
Obviously, the answer is not as good as it should be.
Constrained by iPadOS and the current software ecosystem, the new iPad Pro is like a sports car without a track. The roar of a high-powered engine does bring the thrill, but it’s hard to enjoy the joy of speeding along the road in the rural and urban areas.
People first expected iPad to be replaced with macOS, but in an interview with the press in April, John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, repeatedly stressed that he would not integrate the Mac and iPad product lines, and that each would be the best in its field. This almost makes it clear that iPadOS will continue to exist.
So how will WWDC build on iPadOS to further free up iPad productivity? It is the focus of people’s attention.
- Make it easy to migrate Mac apps to iPad with certain initiatives
In the absence of a killer app for iPadOS, it’s clear that talking about productivity is a bit of a paper exercise. We suspect that iPadOS 15 will have features that will allow developers to develop Mac apps that can be converted to the iPad version without much effort.
After all, the new iPad Pro already uses the same M1 chip as the Mac, so it’s theoretically easy to implement. By then, the iPadOS app ecosystem will have expanded rapidly, and the quality of iPad software will have truly transformed.
- Big update to the home screen interface
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman broke the news in April that iPadOS 15 would feature a redesigned home screen, calling it “the biggest change to the iPad home screen ever.
But there’s no clear word on exactly how it will change. What is known is that in iPadOS 15, widgets can be freed from the “today” view and arranged as they please like the iPhone, or even replace the entire app interface with fully functional widgets.
The new home screen interface may be beneficial for multitasking. The current iPadOS is more suitable for single-threaded work, split-screen operation and hover windows work but are not easy to use, and this is expected to improve with iPadOS 15.
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- Update Notification Center, iMessage, Privacy
According to Bloomberg, iPadOS 15 has a notification center that will be consistent with iOS 15. Users will have the flexibility to adjust their current status, customize their notification method and auto-reply.
iMessage will also be synced with iOS 15, with enhanced social attributes and possibly more Memoji customization.
On the privacy front, iPadOS will include new alerting methods and a new monitoring interface that tells users if their data is being secretly read by the app.
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The above is all the content of iPadOS 15. Its secrecy is quite good, many details do not have accurate news. We can only wait for the WWDC conference to reveal.
In addition, 9to5Mac speculates that iPadOS 15 may not be available for models using the A8 and A9 chips. These include the second-generation iPad Air, iPad mini 4, fifth-generation iPad and the original iPad Pro models.
The M1 chip has been receiving rave reviews since its launch. Apple is striking while the iron is hot, bringing a more functional and stable macOS 12, and the timing couldn’t be better.
The name of the new macOS has not yet been determined. beebom guesses that it may be chosen from the following three candidates.
macOS Mammoth (Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain)
macOS Skyline (Scenic Skyline Drive)
macOS Monterey (historic city and beach resort mecca)
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There are not many reliable rumors about the new features of macOS 12, mainly speculations from various organizations: 1.
- Improve support for M-series chips
The Mac series is currently in an important transition period. From Intel full transition to self-developed chips, macOS plays an extremely important role in this process.
There is reason to believe that macOS 12 will be further optimized to better support the M1 chip and prepare for the next M2/M1X chips, etc.
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- design style convergence with iOS 15
appleinsider believes that the new mimetic style mentioned above is likely to be the main style of macOS 12. Things like Mail, Safari, and the App Store could see a new design.
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- Shortcut commands will be introduced to macOS
The Quick Command app on iOS has many ways to play and users can DIY many ideas. macworld believes that macOS 12 will introduce the Quick Command app and users can freely create shortcuts on their computers.
- Health apps may come to macOS
Apple’s health app, which has always existed only on the iPhone, cannot be viewed on the Mac. In addition, Fitness +, built by Apple, is not yet available on the Mac.
With Apple’s increasing emphasis on health, macOS 12 should optimize support for health apps.
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The macOS 11 Big Sur, released last year, supports Mac models from 2013 onwards. Based on the same idea, the oldest model in the list of macOS 12 supported devices is probably the 2014 model.
Last year watchOS 7 brought a lot of heavyweight features. For example, sleep tracking, hand washing detection and so on. About watchOS 8, there is not much news to refer to yet. But what is certain is that the new version will bring many new dials.
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medium believes that watchOS 8 may build on the previous version and refine the services. For example, more types of exercises will be added to the fitness app and sleep tracking will provide detailed sleep analysis and sleep scores.
In addition, watchOS 8 may come with new apps pre-installed, such as Health, Translate, AppleTV Remote and more.
There are also rumors that watchOS 8 will allow the Apple Watch to use Siri when it is not connected to the network, which will greatly improve the usability of Siri during sports.
tvOS 13 and tvOS 14 were both bland updates. Just in time for the arrival of the new Apple TV, there are rumors that tvOS 15 will receive a major update: a
A redesigned UI that’s very different from the previous one
A new redesigned App Store
Hours of use analysis
Improvements to the parental control system (child mode)
However, there is no more detailed information on what these updates will look like. We’ll just have to wait for WWDC.
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The New MacBook Pro
Although WWDC is all about software development, five WWDCs in the last 10 years have brought new hardware.
Interestingly, there is a higher probability of new hardware being released in odd-numbered years. For example, WWDC 2017 brought a new generation of Macs, iPad Pro and HomePod; 2019 brought a new MacBook Pro and Pro Display XDR. Will there be new hardware in 2021?
In Jon Prosser’s eyes, it will. He has tweeted that he’s sure a new MacBook Pro is on the way.
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Some of you may have been disappointed once you saw the name “Jon Prosser”. In fact, Bloomberg also posted an article in mid-May that a redesigned MacBook Pro will come out this summer. Although no time was specified, we can still look forward to WWDC.
According to Bloomberg, 9to5Mac, MacRumors and other sources, the new MacBook Pro will have the following features.
- M-series processor updates
In April, Nikkei Asia reported that Apple’s next generation of custom Mac processors had begun mass production. This is the successor to the M1 chip, the M2 (name uncertain).
So this update to the MacBook Pro is bound to include the latest M-series chips. When the 16-inch MacBook Pro joins the M-chip lineup, it means the MacBook product line is completely separated from Intel chips.
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The new M-Series chips will reportedly come with a 10-core CPU, optional 16-core and 32-core GPUs, and even support up to 64GB of RAM, making it a performance beast.
Of course, the new chips will also support more Thunderbolt ports, further enhancing the MacBook Pro’s expandability. 2.
Two sizes, flat design
The new MacBook Pro may come in two sizes: 14 and 16 inches.
The 14-inch will replace the current 13.3-inch model. By narrowing the screen bezel to achieve a similar size to the 13.3-inch version.
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In terms of exterior design, Apple will no longer follow the same molds as in the past. Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the new MacBook Pro will have a flattened edge design similar to the iPhone 12, and that the current curved edges will be a thing of the past.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman agrees with Kuo. He says the new MacBook Pro will look little different from the old one at first glance, but a closer look reveals a few differences.
- mini-LED joins the Mac
Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes said in February that Apple plans to launch two MacBook Pro models in the second half of this year that will be equipped with mini-LED screens. That’s the same display technology of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
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Ming-Chi Kuo also confirmed this claim in an earlier report. The MacBook Pro with mini-LED will perform better than its predecessor in terms of color gamut, contrast ratio, and dynamic range.
However, mini-LED production capacity is limited this year, so if Apple does release a new MacBook Pro at WWDC, it’s a big question whether mini-LED production capacity will be able to keep up. 4.
- improve the cooling system
In order to meet the new M chip with higher performance, the cooling system of the new generation MacBook Pro will be improved. Sources say the 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 35% larger heat sink and an additional cooling pad design.
More efficient heat management is good news for the M2 chip.
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- SD card reader, MagSafe interface returns
In 2016, Apple updated the design of the MacBook Pro by removing all ports except USB-C and 3.5mm.
The next generation of MacBook Pro is expected to see the return of certain interfaces, such as the SD card reader. That’s exciting news for those who work in film and TV.
In addition, the long-lost MagSafe magnetic connector was reborn in last year’s iPhone 12 and this year’s new iMac. There’s reason to believe that the next generation MacBook Pro will also feature a magnetic charging port.
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- Gone is the Touch Bar
Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman have both confirmed that the new MacBook Pro will no longer have Touch ID, and will be replaced by physical function keys.
The new, but ribbed touch bar is still out.
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In our backend, we see messages asking about the new MacBook Pro almost every day. From these breaking information, the new 14/16-inch MacBook Pro gives people an unprecedented incentive to switch to a new machine. If you want to switch to a MacBook Pro in the near future, you can hold your money and wait and see.
At WWDC 2018, Apple announced the Marzipan project, designed to help developers easily port iOS apps to macOS and reduce the cost of developing multi-platform apps.
This is seen as a big initiative to bridge the iOS and macOS ecosystem.
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So this year’s WWDC, we can expect Apple to give a set of solutions in terms of iPadOS and macOS ecological interoperability. Let the M1 chip on iPad Pro run more smoothly.
How much of this can be achieved? We’ll see what happens at WWDC on June 8.
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