WWDC 2023: will Apple’s headset steal the spotlight?
As WWDC approaches, excitement builds for Apple’s potential headset unveiling, signaling the arrival of the next generation of their products.
Media invitations are out for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The keynote kicks off on Monday, June 5, at 10 am Pacific time, and although Apple has remained secretive, expectations are high.
WWDC is always a highlight for Apple fans. Last year, Apple announced the 13-inch MacBook Pro, iPadOS 16, and a slew of developer tools to make building iPhone apps easier.
You can expect some similarly big announcements this year, though nothing is certain yet. Here’s a look at the biggest rumors surrounding WWDC 2023.
Most of the excitement around WWDC this year centers around one thing: the rumored mixed-reality headset. As Meta’s Quest line has taken off, industry insiders and tech fans alike have talked about an Apple alternative.
Official details — in true Apple fashion — are sparse, but that hasn’t stopped people from guessing.
Mixed reality — a combination of both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) — would set the headset apart from the competition.
People also expect it to be slimmer and lighter than most headsets, with OLED displays to improve the visuals. Unlike most of the Quest headsets, Apple’s rumored Reality One gear will likely be business-grade, with a price tag of around $3,000.
With 36.2 million Americans expected to work from home in 2025, a business-grade VR headset seems reasonable.
Mixed reality would help meet that demand, too, as it would let people work with in-person colleagues and remote coworkers simultaneously.
A new MacBook Air and Mac Pro
WWDC normally centers around software, but the hardware rumors this year go beyond the mixed-reality headset. More specifically, people are expecting a new MacBook Air and Mac Pro.
A 13-inch screen has been standard for MacBooks so far, apart from a few smaller variants. However, people expect Apple to announce a 15-inch model this year. The new laptop should use Apple’s M2 chip, with newer M3 options coming in the future.
Some people also think Apple could announce a new Mac Pro. Apple’s desktops don’t get a lot of love, with the last update coming at WWDC 2019 and the one before that coming out in 2013.
Given that gap, it could be time for a new high-end computer, but this one’s less likely than the other rumored hardware announcements.
The less exciting but more likely announcements are all software-related. Chief among them is iOS 17, which should have some cool new features.
A new watchOS could also come out. WatchOS 10 would overhaul the home screen to make it more intuitive and introduce customizable buttons and interactive widgets.
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Keep your eyes peeled for more WWDC updates
WWDC is just around the corner, and with it could come the next generation of Apple products.
If you want to learn more about the headset, new MacBook, or any other rumored updates, keep your eyes open. Hard information will be here before you know it.
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