Last week Google held its annual I/O developer conference event this past week, continuing the developer summits season that will also see Apple host the WWDC 2016 event starting June 13.
During the Google I/O 2016 event, a lot of new products, services and features were revealed to the public. As Apple’s preps for the WWDC 2016 event, expect to see even more products and services, new and improved, coming from the company.
From what the cryptic code of the event says, we have an idea of what Apple has been brewing. “Hello workout in my living room” could possibly be pointing towards an enhanced HomeKit, “Hello yogi on my wrist” could mean improved fitness capabilities with WatchOS while “Hello rain in five minutes” could point towards a smarter Siri. This is, however, not all as the event is expected to showcase a lot more.
Here’s what to expect from the upcoming Apple WWDC 2016 event.
Based on previous iOS releases, we expect to see a successor to last year’s iOS 9 during the upcoming WWDC 2016 event. This show has been used to showcase a preview of this OS, so, we expect to see the same happen this year. With Apple still cagey about what will probably be coming with the new OS, we can only but speculate about the same.
That said, expect to see things like improved 3D Touch functionality to add to what is currently available on iOS 9.3, improved security, especially following the FBI incident where the bureau broke into an iPhone without Apple’s help, thus confirming that Cupertino’s security protocols are weak.
Apple came in with a public iOS 9 beta for the first time in the OS’ history. Expect the same to happen this year with iOS 10 as the company looks to maximize on user feedback in a bid to make the OS even much better. As pointed out earlier, the “Hello workout in my living room” code could mean we get to see a dedicated HomeKit-related app known as Home. This will act as a hub for controlling things like smoke detectors, lights in the house, thermostats, TVs, locks and other connected devices.
Google introduced more than 70 emojis with the new Android N. With this in mind, rumor has been rife that Apple will also bring more emojis to the upcoming iOS 10.
Apple Watch 2
Apple was expected to announce a refreshed version of the Apple Watch alongside the iPhone SE. However, this did not materialize, leading to speculations that this might happen during the WWDC 2016. Still, this might just be a sneak preview of the Apple Watch 2, a device that could be released alongside iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
According to reports, the new Apple Watch 2 will come with a slimmer profile, a refreshed exterior, and plenty of new straps. The line “Hello yogi on my wrist” is another indicator that the Apple Watch 2 might be coming in with plenty of new capabilities as far as health and fitness are concerned. We’ll probably see other methods of intimate communication added to the watch.
Smarter and more open Siri
As pointed out earlier, we are into the developer summits season. The Google I/O 2016 saw the company announce a refreshed version of the Google Now digital assistant. The new Google Assistant comes with improvements from all ends. The story is the same as far as Apple’s Siri is concerned. The code “Hello rain in five minutes” could mean Cupertino is working on improved capabilities for Siri. Once iOS 10 is released, we could see a Siri that is able to warn users of adverse weather conditions within their vicinity.
It gets even better as Apple will reportedly be opening up Siri to third-party developers, making it possible for the assistant to be integrated into third-party apps.
These are just about what we can think of as far as the WWDC 2016 event is concerned. However, we expect even more to come from Apple as it looks to revive its dwindling iPhone sales ahead of the release of this year’s flagships – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (Pro).