Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 4

By: arstechnica.com 4 months ago
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 4

We could see iOS 12, new iPads, and an updated MacBook Air at the conference.

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This year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple's annual software-focused event, will run from June 4 to June 8. Like last year's WWDC, 2018's conference will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Members of Apple's Developer Program and its Developer Enterprise Program can apply for conference tickets now through March 22. Tickets will be issued through a random selection process. Other attendees will have to pay $1,599 per ticket, the same as a ticket was to last year's WWDC.

This is the second year that Apple will host WWDC at the McEnery Convention Center. In previous years, the company held the conference in San Francisco at the Moscone West Convention Center. The number of people attending WWDC has grown so much over the years that Apple needed to move it to a larger location to accommodate all the attendees.

WWDC is precisely what its name suggests—a developer's conference—so the focus will be on Apple software rather than hardware. Apple will likely show off iOS 12, the next iteration of its software for iPhone and iPad. We already know some details about iOS 12 as Apple has emphasized recently that it's focusing on performance and reliability in this next version of iOS. Apple is also reportedly working on a universal app system for iOS and macOS, as well as new Animojis.

But hardware isn't unheard of at WWDC—last year's conference gave us the $349 HomePod, Apple's first smart speaker, which only became available for purchase recently. This year, Apple may debut a new iPad with the FaceID camera found in the iPhone X, enabling facial recognition, as well as Animojis and ARKit features on the company's tablet. There are also rumors about a new, entry-level, 13-inch MacBook that could become available in Q2 of this year. Due to its rumored screen size, that device may be positioned as a long-awaited update to the existing MacBook Air.

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