What is Apple's WWDC and what to expect from it

Apple has announced that its next Worldwide Developer Conference will be held in June in San Francisco and will be all about the future of popular platforms like iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS.

While most of us look forward to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference for announcements of new iOS, OS X and watchOS versions, what a lot of us do not know is that the forum brings together talented developers from across the world who bring to us millions of new apps to enjoy and play with.

At WWDC, developers will be able to learn more about the latest iOS features and Apple's new intuitive programming language to upgrade existing apps and build new apps accordingly. This time, they will witness the official launch of iOS 10 whose beta versions they've already tried and which will power upcoming iPhones later this year.

Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3

As per reports, WWDC may also host the official launch of the much-awaited Apple Watch 2. Along with a new and improved watchOS, Apple Watch 2 will feature "spec improvements with limited changes to form factor design."

Apple Watch 2 to launch in June but expect only internal upgrades

The new watchOS will also empower Apple Watch 2 to field new features like a video camera for FaceTime conversations, a new wireless chipset that will let you connect it with available Wi-Fi networks and a new Find my Watch feature that a lost Apple Watch 2 can be traced through Wi-Fi router triangulation technology instead of the traditional GPS.

Apple in February released a beta version of WatchOS 3 which may officially launch along with Apple Watch 2. The beta version has introduced a revamped Maps app and will let iPhone owners sync multiple Apple Watches with their handsets. The new Maps app now includes a screen of actions along with a Nearby search option powered by Yelp. We expect these features to be officially announced at WWDS in June.

iOS 10

To power upcoming iPhone 7 and 7s handsets, Apple will also launch iOS 10 at WWDC which will also be available to a range of older iPhone and iPad models.

Among the new features that iOS 10 will bring is one which will let you hide native iOS apps in your iPhone which you never used. These apps included Stocks, Tips, Find Friends and iBooks which are among the lesser-used native iOS apps.

Soon you will bid goodbye to unused iOS apps

However, all native apps will not come with this option. As per Apple CEO Tim Cook, there are apps that are linked to other programmes in iOS and if they are removed, might cause issues elsewhere on the phone.

"It’s not that we want to suck up your real estate; we’re not motivated to do that. We want you to be happy. So I recognize that some people want to do this, and it’s something we’re looking at,” he said.

OS X for Macs

Thanks to a new OS X upgrade which may be unveiled at WWDC, Apple's Macs will be able to feature Siri for the first time ever. In Macs, Siri will neither appear as a swipe menu nor as a full screen view like in iPhones and iPads, but will appear as an icon in the top right corner of the Mac's menu bar.

Siri for Macs set to debut with Apple's next OS X update this June

Once the Siri icon is clicked, Siri will appear as a transparent interface on the top right corner of the display and will mimic sound waves in several colourful patterns. Siri will also have its own pane in System preferences and you will be able to wake it up by saying 'Hey Siri' just like the way you interact with Siri on iPhones and iPads.

As per 9to5Mac, apart from Siri, "OS X 10.12 is also planned to include minor user-interface tweaks across core system application windows, but the changes will not be as notable as those in 2014’s OS X Yosemite update. Apple is also continuing its performance-focused engineering efforts emphasized in OS X El Capitan last year."

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