Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference opens Monday, giving a sneak peek at software updates for iPhones, iPads, Macintosh computers and the Apple Watch.
While the show is aimed at app makers, the folks who create popular apps like Yolo, Tikok and PicArts, average consumers get to find out the new features that will be coming to their devices, as early as this summer in beta form, and in fall for final release.
WWDC opens Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific time from the San Jose McEnery convention center, with a two-hour keynote address by Apple CEO Tim Cook and other execs.
You can stream the event live at Apple’s website, but if you’re watching on an Apple computer, you’ll need to view it in Apple’s Safari browser.
Apple traditionally posts keynotes to its YouTube channel as well, https://www.youtube.com/user/Apple.
On phones and tablets, visit the App Store and download the Apple WWDC app. For TV viewers who own the Apple TV set-top box, you can stream it by going to the TV app store and download its WWDC app. However, the Apple TV software will need to be upgraded to at least tvOS 10.2.
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The iOS update, the largest of the Monday announcements, is sneak peeked at the conference, and released to the public traditionally a few days before the September release of the new iPhones.
Bloomberg reports that at WWDC, Apple will announce the end of an era, with the closing of the iTunes software, which it says will be broken up into three separate programs, for music, TV and podcasts.
Elsewhere at WWDC, here’s some of the new features we expect.
—Dark Mode: Similar to a feature introduced on the macOS Mojave operating system upgrade for Macs, this tool allows users to get a black background on their screens for iPhones and iPads. The enthusiast site 9to5 Mac says it has screenshots of the new feature.
—Find my Friends meets Find my iPhone: The two features are expected to be combined into one, to share locations of both your whereabouts and that of your device.
—Mail. Apple looks to follow in Google’s footsteps with more tools to discard unwanted mail from sight, with categories for marketing, travel and “read later.”
Overall, look for a redesigned iPhone/iPad home page and just “faster” operations from the software, says Daniel Ives, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.
“Speed is a big deal now, in terms of streaming entertainment content and other new initiatives from Apple,” he says. “For those, you’ll need a faster iOS.”
While the WWDC shows us new features for the phone, what we won’t know until the fall is the full extent of the new hardware upgrades for the next iPhones, specifically relating to power and camera capabilities, according to analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies.
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