WWDC 2017: Final Predictions About Apple’s Big Event

For the first time since 2013, WWDC is expected to focus heavily on new hardware. However, this is still a developer conference, which means they’ll be plenty of news on the software front too.

Software

Next generation versions of iOS and macOS will lead the way on Monday. We should also see updated versions of both tvOS for Apple TV and watchOS for Apple Watch.

Little is known about any of these software upgrades, which suggests these could be incremental updates, at best.

What to watch for. While most of the focus next week will be on “iOS 11,” I’m most interested in seeing what’s happening on the tvOS front. Will Amazon Video on Apple TV finally be announced? Will tvOS get a significant design change? Could Cupertino surprise us and announce the next Apple TV?

Hardware

Apple’s expected to reveal its long-rumored Siri-powered speaker next week alongside new iPads. We are also likely to see next-generation Macs.

What to look for. It’s going to be interesting to see just how many design changes have been made on the new iPads. Will the “10.5-inch iPad Pro” include many of the features expected on the next iPhone? Will those features also extend to the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro? Will Apple mention what’s become of the iPad mini? Will the 9.7-inch iPad Pro get its pink slip?

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