The 2017 World-Wide Developers Conference keynote is just around the corner–June 5th, to be exact. You can stream this event on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac, or PC live at 10 A.M. PDT or watch it afterward once it has been edited. So far, there have been quite a few reports and rumors that indicate far more than just the usual software announcements. This article will go over most people's ideal WWDC keynote, while excluding the extremely unlikely things.
Called a "Developers Conference", WWDC is all about software. Since the announcement of the Apple Watch and the most recent Apple TV, Apple has a lot of operating systems. For the past couple of years, the keynote has been dedicated to the announcement of the new versions of these four operating systems. This year, some of the event will involve the announcement and developer beta release of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. We don't know much about these software updates, but there was at least one sketchy rumor that claimed there would be group FaceTime calling in iOS 11, which means it would be in the next macOS as well. There were also questionable reports of Apple TV account switching and enhanced Siri with iMessage integration. Although there has been no official news of this happening, a "Dark Mode" and Split Screen for iPhone are both highly requested features. It is likely that Apple will introduce new productivity features exclusive to the iPad Pro lineup and almost certain that they will drop 32-bit support.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes there is greater than a 70% chance of a 10.5" iPad Pro being announced at WWDC. This device is said to replace the 9.7" iPad Pro, retaining the same footprint but expanding the display. Some reports have indicated that this device will have no home button, which leaves questions about how Touch ID will be implemented. Ideally, the 12.9" iPad Pro will receive a long-overdue refresh as well, upgrading the internals as well as increasing the screen-to-chassis ratio to match that of the 10.5" model.
A very recent, and very exciting, report from Bloomberg indicates that both the 12" MacBook and the MacBook Pro will receive updates at WWDC. The MacBook Pro was completely redesigned fairly recently in October, but the MacBook hasn't been refreshed in over a year. Neither products have the most recent Kaby Lake processor, which is likely just about all that the updates will entail. Bloomberg also suggests that the MacBook Air could be updated with faster internals, as it is still a successful product. However, Apple isn't just driven by sales and it is quite possible that the Air model will be discontinued, allowing for a decrease in the price of the 12" MacBook.
Ming-Chi Kuo says there is greater than a 50% chance of Apple releasing the long-awaited Siri Speaker at the Developers Conference. Not much is known about this secretive product, except that it will likely have a Mac Pro/AirPort Extreme design, a Beats audio speaker, and a more intelligent Siri for home automation control. It will be a high-end competitor of the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
It is probable that not everything mentioned in this article will actually be released at WWDC17. This is just the ideal keynote. However, even if just one of these pieces of hardware is announced alongside the regular software releases, it will certainly be a memorable event.