What To Expect At WWDC 2016

Aaron Shapland Aaron Shapland

As with any Apple event, rumours are flying about what will—and won’t—be revealed at the conference that kicks off today in San Francisco. While few know for sure what will go down, here are some speculations to whet your appetite for the big week.

The Good

iOS10
Ready for the latest version of iOS 10? We sure are. And it looks like Apple won’t disappoint. Speculation suggests that along with the update, the Apple Music app will get a redesign with a bolder, more streamlined UI and easier access to lyrics—good news for those of us who enjoy a good karaoke session during our morning commute.

Siri SDK
Ever wish Siri would help out some of the less knowledgeable apps out there? She just might. It looks like Apple will be inviting third-party developers to lean on the old gal to support their apps.

Apple Pay
If you’ve ever filled up a virtual shopping cart on your Mac and then instinctively reached for your iPhone to complete payment, you’ll love this next rumour. Apple might be adding the ability to use its flagship payment platform on desktop models. We might also gain the ability to use Apple Pay for person-to-person transactions.

OS X 10.12
Each year, Apple announces updates to OS X. Last Year, the El Capitan update was a bit of a snooze, but this year’s update is shaping up to be more exciting. The main event? Siri integration. Now she’ll be available on the menu bar and dock. Have fun.

Security Updates
Okay, so maybe better iCloud backups and security features for your iPhone don’t get your heart racing, but this is still great news – that is especially relevant for anyone following the San Bernardino FBI case.

The Bad

While this year’s WWDC is expected to showcase Apple’s continued efforts to improve and develop better products and services, it looks like there will be at least one disappointment: Apple is not expected to announce any new hardware, choosing instead to focus on upgrading their software this time.

The Unexpected

While our sources say the previous rumours are pretty reliable, there are some other speculations floating around, too. While these might be a bit iffy, it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

watchOS and tvOS
While it’s pretty certain something will be announced about these guys, intel on exactly what might change is pretty scarce. That means we could be in for a real surprise!

Video Streaming
Netflix made a name for itself as a leading video streaming service. Then, the company surprised and impressed the world when it began creating its own unique content. Guess who may be following in their footsteps with a little device called Apple TV?

Refresh, Please!
While this year’s WWDC looks as if it will be focusing on software updates, it’s just about time we saw updates to MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro lines. While nothing has been said about hardware-specific announcements, thinner laptops could be just around the corner.

Stay tuned to the Vordik blog to learn which of these rumours are true, and which were just floating around for fun.