■ Apple is also planning an update to ARKit, its platform for developers to build augmented-reality experiences on iPhones and iPads, which it announced previous year. There are rumours that Apple will be doing some form of integration between iOS and macOS apps, but it's not confirmed if we will actually see this announced at WWDC 2018.
The keynote will be streamed live on the firm's website for fans all over the world to come together and watch the action unfold in real-time. These are the requirements. However, the new iPhone will include a glass-back design. Apple is testing a new redesigned iBooks app as well, according to reports.
Software updates and productivity tools are also expected to be unveiled at WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference in San Jose.
A beta version of iOS 12 will probably be opened up for Apple developers in the coming days or even hours, but most users will have to wait until later this year to try it out.
While we may not see too many shiny new toys, one feature we are expecting to see is support for cross-platform apps: ones that run on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
The biggest expectation for the conference lies within Universal Apps, an update to MacOS that will hopefully provide support for syncing between apps on two operating systems. And there are indications that macOS 10.14 will called Mojave, after the Mojave desert in California. Apple will start letting you know very soon. Not much is known about tvOS 12, but expect some announcements around Apple's original content strategy.
For example, at WWDC last year Apple unveiled its new 10.5-inch and refreshed 12.9-inch iPads and a bunch of new Macs, and this year should be no different, with rumours of an iPhone SE (2018) debut, redesigned Mac Pro, new Mac mini, and more now doing the rounds.
Apple is rumoured to launch the iPhone SE 2 during the WWDC.
In the hardware front, we might see the much-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat for its devices. It seems Apple's improved security measures to stop public outflow of its private data have worked perfectly this time. But with a 1 billion iPhone user base under its belt, Apple will surely look to catch up its voice assistant with newer and more AI-enabled features so as to compete with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant. Apple shares have returned 12.4% year to date, outperforming S&P 500's increase of 2.3%.
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