Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is to be held next week, as of June 4.
Today, people “familiar with the plans,” say that the company will not unveil any new hardware during the conference, but will choose to focus instead on software tweaks, as reported by Wired, a tech news site.
iOS 12 is expected to be unveiled on Monday, and one of its main features will be a Digital Health initiative.
Under that name, several tools will be aimed at helping users monitor how much time they spend on their devices and inside certain apps.
These details will be bundled into a menu of the Settings app in the new iOS version.
Google had already announced something similar for Android P, its next mobile software iteration.
These moves come in response to a growing outrage at how “addictive” mobile devices supposedly are.
ARKit 2.0 is being developed internally, and this will enable a new mode that would let users play AR games against each other in the same virtual environment, according to The Verge.
Another upcoming mode lets you drop objects into an area and have them virtually remain in place after that.
All these features added into iOS 12 will serve as a prelude for a rumored Apple AR headset, which should arrive in 2020 at the earliest.
iOS 12 will also let you snooze notifications and track the stock market better.
Improvements are on the way for video calls and sending Animojis too.
This release of the company’s mobile operating system will be all about quality and responsiveness – thus, big new stuff such as a redesigned Home screen, an AI upgrade for the Photos app and new file management tools for iPads are only coming in 2019.
While Apple is working on a successor to the MacBook Air as well as refreshes for the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, these will only be ready later in the year, the report says.
The same goes for a redesigned iPad Pro family with a built-in Face ID.
This year’s Apple watches will keep the size of the current models but include bigger, edge-to-edge screens, while still supporting their predecessors’ bands, according to tech news sites.