What to expect at WWDC 2018: iPad Edition


Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is only a few weeks away, and that means the first glimpse at iOS 12 is right around the corner. Tim Cook and team will take the stage at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA on June 4th. WWDC is all about the future of Apple's operating systems and software applications that power its popular hardware like the iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomePod and more. Cook is expected to cover the major upgrades coming to iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and the HomPod at the WWDC keynote. Apple is also expected to announce its new iPad Pro models and possibly second-generation iPhone SE at the event. Don't expect any news on a new Mac Pro, Apple has already confirmedthat the new model isn't coming until 2019. Here's what the rumor mill thinks will be presented at WWDC 2018:

iPad Pro (2nd and 3rd generation)

As usual, the iPad Pro will be updated with features introduced on Apple's latest flagship iPhone. Both the 12.9- and 10.5-inch models are expected to ship with Face ID, the iPhone X's major feature. Face ID allows users to unlock their device with their face, instead of having to use Touch ID. This means Apple will also remove the physical Home button and fingerprint sensor from its Pro lineup. The iPad Pro probably won't feature an OLED screen like the iPhone X, according to Bloomberg, but it will boast an upgraded
processor, a TrueDepth camera and a custom Apple graphics processing unit.

iPad mini (5th generation)

Apple hasn't refreshed its iPad mini lineup in three years, making the future of the 7.9-inch tablet unknown. It will most likely be silently phased out now that the iPhone Plus and iPhone X are available.

iOS 12

Most of the focus of WWDC will be on software, and iOS 12 is expected to be the star of the show. Apple is rumored to be focused on quality over quantity this year. Instead of packing iOS 12 with new features stability will be the forefront of the new software. iOS 11 was plagued with bugs and a controversial feature that slowed down devices, and Apple wants to correct its sinking ship. iPhone X users can expect an upgrade to Face ID and more Animojis. Regular iPhone and iPad users will see improvements to parental controls and cross-platform apps.

Other Hardware

The iPhone SE is due for an upgrade and may seem some improvements in a second-generation release at WWDC 2018. A long overdue major upgrade to the MacBook Air is also expected, and MacBook and iMac refresh is totally possible since Apple refreshed of both computers at last year's WWDC.

The Apple AirPower was introduced alongside the iPhone X last year, and will most likely make its debut at WWDC 2018.

Other Software

MacOS is expected to get some major security upgrades, while health and fitness functionality will be the focus of watchOS. The Apple TV and tvOS will also hopefully see some love at WWDC18.

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