Apple will use its WWDC 2017 keynote to preview iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and more
WWDC 2017 Keynote, Key Points
• Amazon is bringing a dedicated Prime Video app to the latest generation Apple TV
• watchOS will bring three new Apple-designed watch faces – Siri, Kaleidoscope and Toy Story
• Next version of macOS will be called macOS 10.13 High Sierra
• The next version of macOS will include an updated Safari, which Apple claims is the fastest web browser in the world
• macOS 10.13 will support Virtual Reality headsets as well as Steam VR
• The next version of macOS will roll-out to everyone this fall
• Apple confirms 4K and 5K iMacs with 43 per cent brighter displays, faster SSDs up to 2TB, and Intel’s Kaby Lake chipset
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APPLE'S WWDC developers conference is underway in San Jose and here's all the big announcements.
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18.43pm update: With the latest version of macOS, Apple will support Virtual Reality.
Steam VR will be bringing its engine to the Apple Mac. Final Cut is also being updated to support spherical video editing.
Developers can download a beta today. Apple will make its public beta available to everyone later this month.
macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be available to everyone this autumn.
18.36pm update: Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought Senior Vice President Craig Federighi to the stage to talk about the next version of macOS.
The next version of the desktop operating system will be called macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
Craig Federighi said the latest version of macOS would perfect its predecessor, macOS Sierra.
According to Apple, Safari is the fastest browser in the wold when it runs on the next version of macOS.
80 per cent faster than Google Chrome – the most popular browser in the world.
On the latest version of macOS, Safari includes autoplay blocking to stop videos blaring at you on webpages.
Split View is coming to Apple Mail when used in fullscreen, so you can have a compose window side-by-side with the inbox.
In macOS High Sierra, Photos has been given a major update. Faces and names are now synced across your devices.
18.23pm update: Apple has then previewed some of the changes coming to the Apple Watch later this year with watchOS 4.
The Cupertino company is bringing a new Siri watch face that automatically surfaces the information that the machine learning thinks is relevant to you based on your location and the current time.
Siri will summon common HomeKit controls when it knows you're around smart devices.
It will also show you commute times, photographs that are relevant, and more.
Toy Story characters including Woody, Buzz and Jessie also get their own watch face on watchOS 4, Apple revealed.
18.19 update: Amazon is bringing its Prime Video on-demand streaming service to the latest generation Apple TV.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised "a lot" more news about Apple TV later this year.
Apple will use its annual developer conference to preview new versions of iOS, tvOS, macOS
8.15pm update: Apple has launched its annual developer conference, WWDC, in San Jose, California today.
CEO Tim Cook took to the stage and kickstarted the conference by throwing out some numbers.
Apple now has a total of 16 million registered developers, Mr Cook confirmed.
In total, a staggering 5,300 attendees are in the audience at WWDC 2017.
Here's everything we expect to see from the US company –
The Cupertino-based technology company has previewed new versions of all of its software platforms, including iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.
WWDC 2017 will kickstart at 10am in San Jose, California.
The keynote starts at 1pm in New York City, 6pm in London, 7pm in Paris, 1am June 6th in Beijing, and 3am June 6th Sydney.
Express.co.uk has a seat in the auditorium – and will be bringing you the latest announcements from the World Wide Developer Conference as it breaks.
As with previous years, Apple has made a live stream of the WWDC keynote presentation available to those who want to watch the keynote for themselves.
Full details of how to stream WWDC on your computer, iPhone, iPad and more, can be found here.
World Wide Developers Conference will see new MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and a Siri Speaker
Apple now has a total of 16 million registered developers, CEO Tim Cook confirmed
iOS 11, the software that powers the company's best-selling iPhone and iPad products, is expected to be one of the headline announcements from the show.
Apple is widely rumoured to introduce a new Dark Theme for its mobile operating system – which some believe hints at the introduction of OLED display technology in the next iPhone.
iOS 11 is also tipped to bring the ability to drag-and-drop documents and files between apps that are running simultaneously in Split Screen on the iPad.
To take advantage of this new functionally, Apple is rumoured to introduce a new Files app on iOS.
This will be similar to the Finder on its desktop app, macOS, and will allow users to search and triage through files and folders stored in iCloud.
Apple is bringing iOS closer to its desktop sibling – allowing users to be more productive and use devices like the iPad Pro for tasks that would previously only be possible on a traditional computer.
Sources with knowledge of Apple's plans believe this year will not only see software announcements, but new hardware as well.
Apple is widely-tipped to take the wraps off an smart home device to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home.
The US technology firm will reportedly unveil a new speaker, powered by Beats audio technology, powered by voice assistant Siri.
The device would be used to control internet-enabled products around home, as well as answer queries and provide news, weather and schedule updates.
Amazon and Google's existing speakers have proved popular with consumers since the Echo launched in the UK in 2016 and Home earlier this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage for WWDC
The speakers, driven by artificial intelligence and voice-enabled assistants – such as Amazon's Alexa – have become a leading trend in the tech industry and Alexa now boasts support for more than 10,000 apps.
Little is known about the rumoured Apple speaker, although Bloomberg claims top-level Apple staff have been testing the new speaker in their homes for several months.
Early reports around the project pointed to Apple potentially including facial recognition sensors into the smart home device, although these rumours have since gone quiet.
The Cupertino-based company was also rumoured to be working on better quality speakers for the device, with the finished product aimed at the more premium end of the market.
Amazon’s Echo currently costs £149 but it seems Apple’s rival will land in homes at a higher price.
Earlier this year, prolific Australian tipster Sonny Dickson claimed Apple had finalised the look of its Siri-powered smart hub system.
"Apple is currently finalising designs for their Alexa competitor, expected to be marketed as a Siri/AirPlay device." he tweeted.
He later added: "It is believed to carry some form of Beats technology, and is expected to run an variant iOS."
The inclusion of a skew of iOS suggests the smart home device could have a touchscreen display.
Making the announcement at WWDC make senses for Apple as it would give the company time to enlist developers to build applications for the new device.
Apple already owns headphone and speaker brand, Beats, plus millions of people now subscribe to Apple Music making this an easy win for the technology firm.
The Siri Speaker is excepted to ship to customers later this year.
And that's not the only hardware that Apple is expected to unveil on-stage during the WWDC keynote presentation.
Tipsters also believe Apple will refresh its entire laptop range during the WWDC conference.
According to Apple Insider, Apple will upgrade its razor-thin 12-inch MacBook with a "faster Intel chip", most likely the Y-series Core i5 and i7 CPUs.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro – which was first unveiled some six months ago, on October 27th 2016 – is also rumoured to get a processor bump.
The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros will purportedly be bumped to Intel's seventh-generation Core (dubbed Kaby Lake) with little external changes to the hardware.
Apple is also rumoured to upgrade the MacBook Air.
That's a surprise, since many believed the laptop was living on borrowed time and would soon be dropped from the company's product line-up entirely.
Speaking to Bloomberg, one of the insiders claimed Apple had "considered" updating the 13-inch Air with a new processor in response to sales of the ageing machine, which continue to be "surprisingly strong".
There's no mention of a Retina Display or other dramatic hardware shake-ups, which is not surprising.
Apple clearly wants customers to think of the 13-inch MacBook Pro as the true successor to the MacBook Air, which has almost reached the end of its lifecycle.
It's clear that if the rumours are true, the update to the MacBook Air would be a maintenance update and not a substantial hardware overhaul.
But still, it means those who decide to opt for a MacBook Air this summer would not be buying a £949 laptop that hasn't seen a refresh since March 2015.
Although the 12-inch MacBook would likely fit the needs of most MacBook Air customers – the £300 price difference and lack of USB-A ports and SD card reader might understandably put off a number of potential buyers.
Apple is also tipped to refresh the iPad Pro at its annual developers conference, WWDC.
The Cupertino-based company is rumoured to introduce a new variation of the iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch edge-to-edge display squeezed into a physical form factor no bigger than the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro model.
Images that purport to show cases designed for the upcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro have appeared online, thanks to tipster Shai Mizrachi.
The leaked photographs show the four-speaker design that exists across the iPad Pro range.
However, the leaked cases also appear to show the same vertically stacked camera lens that have been rumoured for the iPhone 8.
Apple will purportedly use this new layout for augmented reality features.
It's unclear whether the latest iPad will also use the layout for this purpose, or if the new vertically stacked camera is simply to bring consistency to the Apple range.
Another feature purportedly shared with the iPhone 8 is the new iPad's razor-thin bezels.
Apple is expected to use an edge-to-edge display to fit the larger screen size into the same physical footprint of the 9.7inch iPad.
Leakster Benjamin Geskin believes the iPad will use seven millimetre bezels around the display.
Meanwhile, the next-generation iPhone is rumoured to use four millimetre bezels around its OLED display.
Apple’s new iPads will also incorporate the same static Home Button that debuted on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Some reports have suggested the iPad would ditch the physical button completely, like the next iPhone is rumoured to do.