Apple’s WWDC hasn’t historically been a venue associated with a flurry of hardware releases, the 2017 one notwithstanding.
Given Apple’s recent focus on software technologies in health, augmented reality, and virtual reality, there is a decent likelihood that we’ll see very little in the way of new Iron.
Here’s a look at Apple’s current product lineup minus the iPhone and Apple Watch which will probably be updated in September, and what we’re expecting to see from each.
MacOS 10.14, iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 are coming
What says yes: Everything. Apple takes the opportunity it gets at WWDC to show developers, and the world, what’s coming in the next versions of the operating system. There is absolutely nothing suggesting otherwise this year.
It’s not clear how revelatory the new versions will be. Previous rumors suggested that these updates will be about refining the existing versions rolled out last year.
But, given that High Sierra was supposed to do that to Sierra, there’s some room for discussion.
Be careful about your old apps, though. At best, 32-bit apps will have “compromises” according to Apple, and at worst they may not run at all. It might be time to check which apps you rely on are, and aren’t 64-bit.
What says no: Nothing at all. It’s basically a guarantee that the revisions are going to be presented. Like we said, they’re likely to expand on Apple’s burgeoning ambitions in user’s health, and further expand Apple’s ARKit.
What says yes: After of over a following the 2015 MacBook Pro, Apple rolled out the 2016 MacBook Pro at the tail end of the year.
It refreshed the line in an uncharacteristic hardware bonanza at the 2017 WWDC, after less than a year in service. And, it’s been a year, so it might be time again.
The updates were relatively modest, with a slightly better CPU and GPU. It seems possible that Apple will do the same at the 2018 WWDC to hit the “back to school” period.
What says no: There isn’t a compelling engineering reason for Apple to do so today.
Instead, it could wait until later in the year or January 2019 for Intel’s chipset that will allow 32GB of LPDDR4 RAM —as the existing ones can’t have more than 16GB of RAM without switching to a more power-hungry chipset.
But then again, this chipset from Intel is two years late already. Apple may not want to wait.
What says yes: A slew of filings from overseas regulatory agencies suggest that there are iOS devices imminent. Couple this with the last update to the product being a year ago, and the iPad Pro line seems ripe for a refresh.
Time marches on. The 2018 sixth generation iPad is very close to the 2017 iPad Pro lineup in speed, minus some hardware niceties. It might be time to open that lead with a new A11-based processor in the iPad Pro.
What says no: Generally, we’ve seen suggestions from the supply chain and rumors popping out beyond regulatory agency filings that a new model is coming.
This year, there’s been none of that, and a recent report seems to suggest the same.
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