On June 5 at 20:00 Kyiv time, Apple’s main presentation will begin, which opens the annual WWDC developer conference and promises to be the most important event in the last decade, as the announcement of the first XR mixed reality headset is expected XR covers augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) with several new Macs and the next key OS releases. The event, which returns to a “live” format this year for the first time since the start of the pandemic, will be broadcast live, so those who wish can follow the announcements from the scene – the Apple Park campus in Cupertino – in real time.
Where and how to watch
As always, Apple’s keynote presentation featuring Tim Cook and other top executives, where key announcements will be made, will be streamed live on the official Apple website, the Apple TV app, and the Apple Developer website. You can also watch it on YouTube, where recently Apple has been broadcasting its presentations (window below). Today’s presentation is expected will take more than 2 hours.
Broadcast of the presentation of Apple at WWDC23 in the original English
The full schedule of seminars and sessions, which will also be broadcast online, can be found on the official Apple website. By the way, specifically for the presentation of new devices and software updates, Apple built two new large facilities on the territory of Apple Park – one of them, according to insiders, is a demo zone where those who wish can test the sensational headset.
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What devices and software updates are we waiting for at the presentation?
Reality Pro/XR Pro. Apple’s hotly anticipated first mixed reality headset has been in active development for seven years (twice as long as the first iPhone) and will mark the company’s entry into a new product category for the first time since the launch of the Apple Watch in 2015. Based on preliminary rumors and insider reports, the headset will be an ultra-premium device in a glass, carbon fiber and aluminum case – according to preliminary data, the price will be $ 3,000. The novelty will go on sale after the release of the iPhone 15 – in December or already in early 2024. It will run on a custom xrOS operating system and looks like a high-tech pair of ski goggles, equipped with a new magnetic connector for power, has a curved front with an additional external screen to show the user’s facial expressions and eyes, and several external cameras for video transmission and position / orientation detection. in space and control. Also, the headset will receive a pair of 4K screens, an M2 processor, 16 GB of RAM and an additional external battery that will be connected by cable and will look like a MagSafe Battery Pack stretched in size. The power consumption of the future Apple headset is such that on a single charge it can work for about 2 hours. Despite the very immodest price tag, Apple does not plan to make much money on the headset – it is reported that the price is close to cost, and the margin in this case is record low, as Apple seeks to gain a foothold in the market. According to Bloomberg, Apple expects to ship 900,000 units in its first year – by comparison, it sells more than 200 million iPhones annually – and expects to eventually overclock and unleash its potential, similar to the Apple Watch.
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New Macs. At WWDC 2020, Apple announced that it was phasing out x86-compatible Intel processors in favor of its own M-series ARM processors – it originally planned to complete the transition by the end of 2022 and almost succeeded (there was a Mac Pro). At least two new Macs are expected today – the 15-inch MacBook Air that everyone was waiting for last year along with the 13-inch version, and the updated Mac Studio desktop computers with M2 Max and M2 Ultra processors (codenames Mac 14,13 and Mac 14.14/J475) to replace models with M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips. While the M2 Max is the already established processor found in the 2022 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the M2 Ultra is a brand new gem with a 24-core CPU, 76-core GPU, and 192GB of memory. Perhaps, in the end, it is the M2 Ultra in full configuration that will become the basis of the new Mac Pro in half the volume, which everyone has been waiting for. There are also several Macs in development on future M3 chips – in particular, we know about the MacBook Air, the base 13-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the top-end MacBook Pro and iMac, but their time has not yet come (tentatively autumn 2023).
New versions of Apple OS – iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14 and watchOS 10. Of course, one of the main topics of WWDC will traditionally be the next key OS versions and service updates. Among the most notable changes that have been actively discussed these months are the installation of programs from third-party sources (not the App Store), the Personal Voice AI function, and the use of the iPhone lock screen as a smart display in iOS 17; change the voice command to activate the Siri assistant – instead of “Hey Siri” just “Siri”; the SharePlay function for joint viewing and listening to content, as well as joint games, will expand to the Apple headset; A redesign of the Apple Watch interface in watchOS 10 with a focus on widgets and updates to key programs that are better adapted to the larger displays of the Apple Watch Ultra and standard models. Integration of new iOS 17/iPadOS 17 features into macOS 14 for support on Mac computers.
As always, following the results, we will definitely tell you more about the main news in separate articles, so stay tuned and stay tuned.