WWDC 2018: iPhone SE 2, iOS 12 expected at Apple’s developer conference | HT Tech

WWDC 2018: iPhone SE 2, iOS 12 expected at Apple’s developer conference

Apple is expected to make a bunch of announcements at WWDC 2018 ranging from iPhone SE 2, iOS 12, new MacBooks and AR developments.

| Updated on: Jun 04 2018, 18:22 IST
Apple WWDC 2018 is scheduled to start at 10:30pm IST.
Apple WWDC 2018 is scheduled to start at 10:30pm IST. (Apple)

Apple will kick off its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) today. The four-day event will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California and will begin at 10:00am PDT which is 10:30pm for folks in India.

Apple will be livestreaming its event which can be watched from Safari browser on Apple devices and Microsoft Edge browser.

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Among the biggest announcements at Apple's WWDC 2018 are expected to be about iOS 12. Given the flurry of issues that iOS 11 raised, the next big iOS update is likely to focus on improving reliability and performance, according to a report from Axios. ALSO READ: Apple WWDC 2018: How to watch livestream in India, schedule, and what to expect

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"From a developer standpoint, the biggest thing we're looking forward to is being able to build applications for iOS and have them be functional on the MacOS platform," Michael Facemire, Vice President and Principal Analyst at global market research firm Forrester, said in a statement.

Also, transformations in Apple's voice assistant "Siri" this year, remains a topic of speculation at WWDC 2018. Launched in 2011 on iPhone 4S, "Siri" is not as evolved as Amazon's "Alexa" and "Google Assistant," The Verge reported this week. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone SE 2: Five things that can make Apple's new compact phone a great deal

"Despite Siri's relative adoption among Apple consumers and more recently with Apple Business Chat, more brands plan to invest in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant than in Apple's 'Siri,'" said Thomas Husson, Vice President, Principal Analyst serving chief marketing officers at Forrester.

"Beyond Siri, it is likely Apple will push a lot more innovation, for example by enabling AI features at the camera level, by deepening the integration between ARKit and Maps, or by powering near field communications (NFC) usage beyond payments," Husson added.

Refreshed versions of MacBook Pro with upgraded eighth-generation Intel processors and increased RAM and MacBook Air's 13-inch model with retina display are being speculated. Expectations are also high about the introduction of iPhone SE 2 at the conference. ALSO READ: Apple expected to launch iPhone SE 2, iOS 12, new MacBook

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First Published Date: 04 Jun, 10:31 IST