Prepare for something epic folks. Apple’s WWDC 2023 is kicking off on June 5. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is an annual event where Apple showcases its latest software and hardware innovations to developers. This year’s WWDC, running from June 5 to 9, promises to deliver some exciting announcements. Of course, the stage is for Apple’s numerous software platforms to shine. We’re very likely to see new versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
But this year, Apple is rumored to announce a whole new product category with its first mixed reality headset, likely named the Reality Pro, and the accompanying, new xrOS. There are rumors of a new MacBook Air too. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but these are all the announcements we are expecting at WWDC 2023.
Apple’s first mixed-reality headset
This has been a long time coming, and it’s likely one of the most exciting surprises we’ve been hoping to see at Apple’s WWDC 2023. Apple has not yet confirmed its existence. But there have been multiple reports that Apple will launch a new product category within its ecosystem at this event.
Called the Reality Pro, the headgear will be a stand-alone gadget with its own battery pack, boasting an ultra-high-resolution 8K display and cutting-edge eye-tracking technology. It is also said to have up to 15 cameras that will track users’ eye movements in great detail, creating a truly immersive experience.
However, there are also some concerns about the headset’s pricing. According to some sources, it might cost up to $3,000. This would double the price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max and limit its appeal to high-end users.
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If Apple announces Reality Pro, it will almost certainly be accompanied with the xROS. According to reports, xROS will look and feel similar to Apple’s existing operating systems. But it will be intended for a new sort of interaction that mixes eye tracking and hand motions. xROS will also have its own App Store and will be able to run iPhone and iPad apps. While little is known about xROS, we can be confident that Apple will fine-tune it for its headset, as software has always been a strength for the firm.
New 15-inch MacBook Air
Furthermore, Apple is expected to unveil a 15-inch MacBook Air at WWDC 2023. The MacBook Air lineup has always consisted of 13-inch models, but this could change this year. The 15-inch MacBook Air will likely come with the in-house M2 chip used in the MacBook Air models released last year. It may also feature the same 3024 x 1964 resolution as the 14-inch MacBook Pro.
In terms of design, the new MacBook Air is believed to look identical to the 13-inch variant. That is, it will be slender and light, with a wedge-shaped profile and a fanless design. A notch in the display for the webcam is reportedly predicted, as well as MagSafe charging and a Touch ID sensor.
New OS across different platforms
Apple is expected to announce new software updates for its devices at the WWDC 2023. These updates will include iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10.
iOS 17 will be a minor update with a focus on quality-of-life improvements. Apple has also previewed a new accessibility feature called Personal Voice, which lets users create a synthetic voice with just 15 minutes of training. Apple may finally allow sideloading on iOS, which would allow users to install apps from outside of the App Store.
Not much is known about iPadOS 17, macOS 14, or tvOS 17. But watchOS 10 is expected to receive a major update with a new widget-heavy interface.
When and Where can I watch Apple WWDC 2023 keynote?
Apple WWDC 2023 keynote will be held on Monday, June 5 at 10 am Pacific Time. The keynote will be streamed live on Apple’s website and YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also watch it on the Apple Developer app. With that out of the way, let’s talk about all the announcements we are expecting from Apple during the WWDC 2023 event.