Here’s why WWDC could be a “critical event” for Apple

Apple is planning a full lineup for its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5, which could become “one of the most critical events in the company’s history.” Besides the company’s next project Reality Pro Helmetthere will be major updates to Apple’s software systems, including the biggest overhaul of watchOS since the Apple Watch launched in 2015.

It is according to a new report from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who has a history of accurate predictions and leaks regarding Apple products. This suggests that WWDC will be an opportunity for Apple to define its future ambitions for a “post-iPhone era”.

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Although the Reality Pro headset has been plagued by delays and setbacks Over the past few months and years, Gurman believes Apple will explain to developers why they should make apps for the device. Much of the week-long WWDC event will be dedicated to the App Store, tools, and headset operating system (called xrOS).

Although Apple originally planned to unveil the Reality Pro in March and release it in September, the unveiling date delayed June means Apple will just put the device on sale before the holidays. Its expected price of $3,000 could make it an expensive Christmas present, but Apple won’t want to miss out on the huge holiday sales period.

Multiple Macs on display

Apple CEO Tim Cook looks at a screen of the all-new, redesigned MacBook Air laptop during WWDC22
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The helmet will not be the only material presented during the event. Apple is expected to unveil several new Mac models, with a 15-inch MacBook Air13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Apple Silicone Mac Pro and high-end MacBook Pros all in the works. Apple will unveil “at least some” of these devices at WWDC, and while Gurman’s report doesn’t specify which ones will appear, the reporter says they’ll all go on sale in 2023 or early 2024.

However, the Macs that will be launched at WWDC will not have the M3 chip, but will instead just have “something in line with current M2 processors”. Benchmark leaks have shown that Apple recently tested a chip with an eight-core CPU, 10-core GPU and 8GB of memory, which could be one of the upcoming chips.

Interestingly, Gurman also claims that Apple is working on two Mac Studio follow-ups, although their launch dates have yet to be set. That’s better news than a February Gurman report, where he said that Apple may not update Mac Studio in the foreseeable future, if at all. Now it looks like the computer is at least back to the menu.

A huge Apple Watch update

Portrait of the watch face in WatchOS 8
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Apple is also gearing up to unveil new versions of its operating systems, with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, tvOS 17 and watchOS 10 all coming to WWDC, alongside the all-new xrOS. However, most of these updates will be minor except for xrOS and watchOS 10.

In fact, the latter could be one of biggest software updates in the history of the Apple Watch. Gurman’s report predicts that it will come with “greater improvements, including an updated interface”, although Gurman doesn’t offer many more projected features.

With all of that in the works, this year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest WWDC in years. That’s largely thanks to the Reality Pro headset, which Apple says could eventually replace the iPhone. That means we could get a glimpse of the future in June – or at least, Apple’s own vision.

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