Expectations for Apple’s WWDC 2017

UPDATE #1 (31st May 2017): Added section regarding updated WWDC app.

Apple has announced yesterday that they will be doing a live stream of their opening keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) like they do every year, but this year it is held from June 5-9 at San Jose McEnery Convention Centre, which they haven’t held a WWDC conference at since 2002.

Now you may be asking, why San Jose instead of San Francisco?

Apple’s SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller said that the venue is about the same size as Moscone Center in San Francisco, but have no other reason as to why the change, but it is a lot closer to Apple’s campuses which will make it easier for the 1000 Apple engineers to get to and from the conference.

What got me thinking about this is that when they do a change in venues from their regular routine, their is likely a reason for doing so, more so than just convenience of to host more people, or ease of travel etc.

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macOS 10.13 Wishlist

I have been a Mac user full-time on my MacBook Pro Retina for a few years now with my first solid taste of Mac software starting with OS X Mavericks, then Yosemite, then El Capitan and the most recent macOS Sierra.

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There have not really been any rumours when it comes to updates to macOS, which does signal that people seem to care a lot about iOS and not so much the other three platforms. I do spend more time on my MacBook Pro than I do my phone, but because the Mac is such a matured platform, the changes that are needed to the platform seem to be more on the hardware side then on the software side. I continuously see comments online saying that people just want a better MacBook Pro, better Mac Pro, updated Mac Mini, updated iMac etc. and none of these complaints were about software.

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watchOS 4 Wishlist

As of Christmas 2016, I am an Apple Watch Series 2 user and I really do like the watch, but it is not perfect.

After doing my iOS 11 wishlist, I’ve decided to next branch into my watchOS 4 wishlist.

I have only used watchOS 3 onwards and not either watchOS 1 or 2, to give you some context before I get started.

Compared to my iOS 11 wishlist I do not have a concrete Top 10 things I want added to watchOS, but I do have a Top 6 list, but a lot of little things I want to see added.

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iOS 11 Wishlist – Updated

Update #1 – 9th May: Added Rumours section to this post.

Update #2 – 10th May: Added features to wishlist based on ideas from EverythingApplePro video linked below.

Apple’s WWDC 2017 is just one month away now, so I have taken the time over the past couple of weeks to complete this list.

I will this year be taking the same approach as I did for my iOS 10 Wishlist, but I will also be doing also not just for the next version of macOS (let’s call it 10.13 for now) but for watchOS 4 as well, as I got myself an Apple Watch Series 2 for Christmas and after using it for a few month or so, I can start to get a feeling of what needs to be added to that OS and you may expect a review from me on it at some point in the future.

Anyways we expect the usual announcement of all these software updates at WWDC this June and released in September this year.

As many of you would know, iPhone is now 10 years old, which is 10 years since the initial version of iOS (then called iPhone OS) was released. We are expecting new hardware this year that represents a more significant change compared to last year, but that’s another discussion point for another time.

Because we have a major update in hardware this year for the phone alone, it may also mean we get more significant updates to the operating system itself.

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