Apple’s WWDC sets stage for busy second half of 2016

“In the weeks leading up to WWDC 2016, multiple reliable sources indicated the opening keynote would be a no-hardware affair. And as it turned out, the focus of the event was unsurprisingly on software, including iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3,” Joe Rossignol writes for MacRumors. “So, when can we expect new Apple hardware?”

“When will the 2016 MacBook Pro be released? Most rumors point towards a launch in the second half of 2016,” Rossignol writes. “Apple’s desktop Macs are also candidates for updates in the second half of 2016.”

“reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note in April that said the Apple Watch 2 will enter mass production in the third quarter of 2016, in line with a fall launch alongside the iPhone 7. He said the Apple Watch 2 will mainly feature spec improvements, akin to an “S” model iPhone, with larger changes to the form factor design not occurring until 2017,” Rossignol writes. “pple is widely expected to announce the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September… Apple sometimes debuts new iPads in October… There is also an outside chance of a next-generation Apple TV with a faster CPU and heat-dissipation solution. The updated model could be positioned as an Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor with upgraded Siri capabilities.”

Much more in the full rundown of busy days ahead for Apple here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re already getting “new” Apple Watches with watchSO 3, so how about a new 4K-capable Apple TV with streaming bundles in time for this Christmas, pretty please?


    1. What’s the deal with the Apple TV heat dissipation comment. I wasn’t aware there were any heat issues.

      Mine has been working perfectly since day 1, but I don’t play games.

      1. I don’t get this comment/rumor either. In the teardown, like half the Apple TV volume is already a huge heatsink – way larger than anything in any other iOS device, which share the same chips. I already didn’t understand why the heatsink was so large.

    2. Actually, Apple TV needs desperate fixing. WWDC showed some things that should have been there all along. So the next steps should be:

      1. Kill off the ATV3
      2. Drop the price of the ATV4 to $99 or less
      3. Introduce ATV5 with a better remote, full 4K capability, proper discrete audio outputs, and at least some unique content that isn’t already available elsewhere for less $.

      I don’t think that fixing Apple’s glaring problems is a slap in anyone’s face. Although I agree with the many disappointed ATV4 buyers who feel ripped off — they paid top dollar for a second-rate device with an Apple sticker on it.

  1. MDN, you are such a phony…… ATV4?????? No one needs ATV4 no one has 4K televisions. Didn’t buy ATV and won’t till it has 4K and it should have been release in the first place.
    Sure hope the software releases are better than they’ve been the past few years.

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