Apple will not unveil any new hardware at WWDC: report

Instead the iPhone-maker was asked to focus on software development, launching its digital health initiatives and much more.

Apple’s annual conference, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is taking place next week (June 4 to June 8). If the reported information from Bloomberg sources, or the publication calls them “people familiar with the plan”, it is believed that Apple will not announce any new hardware at WWDC at this time. Instead, the California-based multinational technology giant will focus on software development.

The first of these will be iOS 12, where the company is expected to deliver quality improvements and news of new features in mobile and tablet OS, including a new Dark Mode and always-on display option that could benefit the iPhone X’s OLED screen. Whether this indicates an OLED display for future iPhones and iPads is not yet known. Apple is expected to include an implementation of its new CoreNFC framework in iOS 12 that will help iPhones take advantage of their NFC chips. Used properly, it can enable iPhones to unlock encrypted doors (say, hotels) and make payments more easily without communication.

As we can see in Android P, like the Android Dashboard tool, iOS and its users will launch the tool to help them understand how much time they spend on their device and certain apps. Apple plans to call this new venture Digital Health. It is expected to consist of a series of tools. Such initiatives will help users to get rid of addiction to apps, games and even notifications.

Apple also plans a second iteration of ARKit, an API that allows third-party developers to create augmented reality apps using the device’s camera, GPU and motion sensors. Like Google ARCore, ARKit 2.0 will allow users to add an object to a virtual area and hold their position permanently. All of this will eventually pave the way for Apple’s rumored AR headset, which is expected to arrive in 2020.

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