Mark 13 June in your calendars. That’s the first day of Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, when the company is expected to reveal the latest version of iOS, a bump to the Apple TV, and maybe even a renamed release of OS X – or “MacOS”, as it hinted at last week.
The event was announced, bizarrely, through Siri, which started giving out a more precise answer to the question “when is WWDC?” than previously. Until Monday evening, the digital assistant had answered with “WWDC is not yet announced”, but now it correctly says that “the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco. I can’t wait!”
Although WWDC is more developer-focused than most other Apple events, it usually involves the first look at major software updates coming later in the year. If past events are any indication, this June will see the launch of iOS 10, as well as updates to WatchOS and tvOS (the software that runs the Apple TV).
It will also be the first chance for developers (and Mac users) to find out information about the next version of OS X. If the naming convention stays the same, it will be OS X 10.12, but rumours abound that Apple will rename the operating system MacOS and launch “MacOS 12” in the autumn.
New hardware occasionally makes a showing as well, with most aspects of the company’s Mac lineup needing a speed-bump or other minor refresh.
But one thing that definitely won’t be updated in June is the new MacBook – because the company just released new versions on Tuesday. The device, notorious for having just a headphone jack and one multi-purpose USB-C port for everything else, received a speed bump to its processor, faster memory and a new graphics system.
It also gets a fourth colour: pink. Or “rose gold”, if you speak Apple. The two price-points for the machine stay the same, at £1,049 for the slower version with 256GB storage and £1,399 for the faster version with 512GB storage.
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