One of the biggest Apple events of the year is upon us, with a jam-packed keynote to kick off WWDC 2023 on Monday. It’s all but certain that Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset will finally come to fruition, but it looks like there’s going to be a lot more than revealed at the event.
In addition to the standard previews of upcoming major operating system updates and the headset, we’re likely to see several new Mac models. And of course, the headset will come with a brand new operating system, rumored to be called “xrOS”. So keep reading below for all the details on these stories and more!
What to Expect at “One of Apple’s Longest WWDC Keynotes Ever” on Monday
Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, begins next week with a keynote address on Monday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Among the many ways to watch the event, videos are streamed live on Apple’s website and Apple TV app.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the keynote will be “one of Apple’s longest ever.” We’ve put together an in-depth guide showing what to expect, including “several new Macs,” Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset, and new software including iOS and iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, tvOS 17, and xrOS for the headphone.
And if you’re looking for more discussion on what we’re expecting, Dan and Hartley covered it all in detail on this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show podcast.
The new Mac Studio is expected to be unveiled at WWDC alongside the 15-inch MacBook Air
In addition to the much-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air we’re expecting on Monday, Gurman says Apple is also testing new desktop Macs with M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips. Apple made the M2 Max chip available in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year, while the M2 Ultra chip has yet to be announced.
Gurman believes these are updated Mac Studio models with M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips, which could be announced at WWDC next week.
xrOS: What to expect from the software built for Apple’s AR/VR headset
Apple is expected to unveil the xrOS operating system for its rumored AR/VR headset at WWDC, and we’ve put together a guide on what to expect based on the features and details reported.
Users are reportedly able to control xrOS with eye and hand movements, and we should have plenty more details next week. Apple’s headset is expected to launch later this year at an estimated price of around $3,000.
Next week iOS 17 beta for iPhone comes with these 12 new features
The first beta of iOS 17 should be made available to members of Apple’s developer program for $99 per year immediately after next week’s WWDC keynote, while a public beta is expected to be available in July for members of Apple’s free beta software program will be.
We’ve compiled a list of 12 new features and changes that are said to be coming to iOS 17. The update is slated for a general release in September, around the time new iPhones are launched.
Apple’s My Photo Stream service will be discontinued in July
In a new support document, Apple recently announced that My Photo Stream will be discontinued on July 26, 2023. For the future, Apple recommends users to migrate to iCloud Photos.
My Photo Stream is a legacy service that uploads the last 30 days of pictures to iCloud, making them accessible on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple devices. The service has largely been replaced by iCloud Photos.
Hands-On: What the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro will look like
The next generation of Apple models iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will be launched in just over three months. We got hold of dummy models in advance, which based on rumors give a closer look at what the devices are likely to look like.
All four iPhone 15 models are said to feature a USB-C port and Dynamic Island, while the Pro models are said to feature a titanium frame, A17 chip and more.
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