10 things to expect from Apple's Developer Conference 2018

Noel Cummings
June 4, 2018

We're nearly definitely getting a sneak peek at the next big update for iOS and macOS (and probably watchOS and tvOS, too), but there is also a chance Apple will share some news about a new iPad Pro, as well as the rumored second-generation iPhone SE. The one week conference is scheduled to start on 4 June and will end on 8 June. If you decide to try iOS 12 on your phone or tablet in June, you'll want to be careful. This is the software that will define the experience of 2018's new iPhones, and also update current iPhones and iPads when it comes out to devices later this year. Ideally, GDPR-level control for users should become standard for all apps across Apple's multiple operating systems.

Apple is expected to launch an exciting new iPhone feature to address a problem it helped create: phone addiction.

New iOS updates are always previewed at WWDC, so it shouldn't be any different this year.

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Apple's new wireless charging mat AirPower, which was first announced alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X a year ago and has been slated for release in 2018, could also make an appearance.

AirPlay 2 arrives with iOS 11.4, which is rolling out to users this week, and brings with it a host of new capabilities, including multi-room syncing and stereo pairing (a feature that's sure to be hot with HomePod owners). At last year's conference, for example, Apple upgraded almost its entire Mac line, previewed the iMac Pro, launched new iPad Pros and showed off the HomePod smart speaker.

A new rumor is out just ahead of next weeks Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation: ARKit is going to add the ability to let two people see the same virtual scene at the same time. The feature will also limit personal data sent to Apple served.

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In fact, Apple employees are already testing the NFC technology on their iPhone to unlock doors at the company's headquarters, according to The Information, which, citing sources familiar with the matter, first reported on the NFC changes coming down the pike. I expect Apple to announce a few features in its operating systems that make them more secure and cut down on the vulnerabilities.

Of course, Apple has kept its software plans silent.

To catch up to Amazon and Google's digital speakers, Apple will have to improve Siri.

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