Now that Google’s Developer Conference is over, it’s time to focus on Apple’s reveal circus. WWDC 2022 takes place in three short weeks, starting June 6. As expected, the rumor mill started to pick up steam, and the first big thing seems to be related to what’s coming in the next version of the iPhone’s operating system.
Ja latest edition of To light up The newsletter, written by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, offers a look at the changes iPhone users might see in iOS 16. The tease is minimal, but it does provide some context on what to expect from WWDC. Gurman writes:
While I don’t expect Apple to introduce a complete software overhaul, there should be major system-wide changes, new ways to interact, and new Apple apps. News about watchOS 9 will also be important.
“New Apple apps” likely refers to a refresh of the bundled Apple iOS range. That means Apple’s default browser, Safari, could change its user interface, along with Messages, Photos, and the other Apple apps that come preloaded with every device, including iPad apps. There’s also some hope that Apple will announce new apps to add to the package, as it introduced apps in previous versions of iOS.
While Gurman’s predictions aren’t set in stone, they follow what’s been buzzing around Apple circles. Gurman also used the To light up last month’s newsletter to declare “pretty significant improvements across the board”, with mention of an update to iOS notifications and new health tracking features, which would line up with reports that have sprung up last year from the wall street journal. A trusted industry source too tweeted recently that the latest Apple Watch Series 8 rumors did the trick.
WWDC is set to take place virtually from June 6-10, with Apple’s keynote kicking off the event on that first day. This presentation is usually when we learn what’s new for developers and users on Apple’s various platforms, from iOS to macOS, and everything in between.