WWDC 2017 predictions: What to expect from Apple

Apple’s WWDC 2017 “will be held on Monday, June 5th at 10 AM Pacific this year,” Alexander Fox writes for Apple Gazette. “Following the keynote, there will press events, developer-specific workshops and demos for new features through June 9th.”

“Apple always releases a preview of the newest version of iOS to coincide with WWDC, and this should be no different. Among our WWDC predictions, we expect UI updates and expanded functionality for Apple extensions,” Fox writes. “Other sources have suggested that iOS 11 will include major updates for the iPad. This could include expanded functionality for the well-designed but criminally-underused Pencil.”

“Our biggest WWDC prediction is updates to the MacBook Pro line, indicating an out-of-cycle spec bump. Since last year, we’ve heard that the MacBook Pro line would be getting updated to Intel’s newest Kaby Lake processors in 2017. Now, it looks like that’s finally set to happen,” Fox writes. “The 12-inch MacBook could also see similar upgrades, with an internal spec bump to support Kaby Lake.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Priced right, sales of those 12-inch MacBooks are going to exceed expectations!


    1. A very Jobsian thing to do: Introduce the new, easily expandable and upgradable Mac Pro at WWDC.

      ‘HaHa! Fooled you!’

      It could happen, if we clap our hands! Clap your hands if you believe in Mac Pro 2017 ! ! 😆 👏👏👏

  1. A single-port M-chip 12″ machine will need a massive price reduction and be advertised as a highly compromised netbook to exceed the typical Mac buyer’s expectations.

    Tom’s Guide ranks the HP Spectre higher – the tradeoff being the HP has shorter battery life due to bigger display and a real processor. http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-macbook-vs-hp-spectre

    But then, if you really wanted battery life, you would get the old MacBook Air, which is thick enough to have a real battery and blows Apple’s single-port, no-external-display-capable netbook away in usability.

    Missed opportunity, Apple.

    1. ” and blows Apple’s single-port, no-external-display-capable netbook away in usability.”

      Wut? Lies or just playing stupid? Please go read specs before posting next time. Copy paste for you:
      Dual display and video mirroring: simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels at 30Hz on an external display, both at millions of colors.
      Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output
      VGA output using USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (sold separately)
      HDMI video output using USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter (sold separately)

      1. Excuse me, I intended to say you can’t plug in an external monitor along with anything else you might need at that time — like a power cable. It is the poster boy for dongle hell. The current MacBook has the stupidest Mac port configuration I have ever seen.

      2. “you can’t plug in an external monitor along with anything else you might need at that time — like a power cable”
        Yes you can. Your monitor powers your MacBook. No additional power cable is needed.

        Everything else like keyboards and mouse etc you connect to your monitors USB hub. Or you really want to take your MacBook to Starbucks and connect mouse and keyboard to it there? Comon…

  2. What to expect from Apple’s annual WWDC this year:
    Another snoozefest. Incremental updates to iOS & watchOS, laughably little improved on macOS and TVOS, and almost no updates to any hardware. Then Timmy will assure everyone he has a very long pipeline.

  3. This is shaping up to be a great developers conference. New MacBook, new MacBook Pro, new iPad, and perhaps a new iPhone SE on the hardware side. Great, as usual, updates across the entire OS line. It is all very exciting.

    1. Just remember Apple rarely introduces new hardware at what’s essentially a software only show primarily for developers.

      The number of tea leaves in the past that indicated new hardware was definitely coming at WWDC can be measured by tons.

    1. There is no such thing as an “iMac Pro” “that is really pro”. It’s an absolute impossibility. Real pros doing high end work don’t want the constraints of an all-in-one machine.

      On the other hand, an “iMac Pro” that is for “prosumers” is a definite possibility. I wouldn’t put it past Apple to do a preview of the “iMac Pro” like they did for the “Mac Pro” back in 2013.

      1. Apple made the statement of releasing an iMac Pro. My comment of it being a pro was not to place it on the same level as a expandable Mac Pro. Merely saying Apple better not simply put a faster CPU and have the name, Pro on the body.

        Apple could build such a pro iMac within the limits of the iMac design, kinda. A standard SSD drive along with 2 spaces for standard drives. It is even conceivable to have a slot for a standard video card. Of course the thin design would have to go. Apple may even look at using a larger display on this iMac Pro.

        Apple said the iMac Pro would ship in 2017 so they will need to show it off at WWDC 2017. The same for the new mod Mac Pro though it won’t ship in 2017.

        1. Shadow knows. iMac Pro is a complete oxymoron. Pros are sick of the fashion constraints Apple has been forcing for years now. Nobody is asking for another thermally constrained zero-upgradeability, unrepairable, overpriced Ive design.

  4. 1-A New Coffee Table Book- Life without the Macintosh by Tim Cook, Apple CEO.
    2-A seminar on sharing life experiences at a cell phone store by Angela J. Ahrendts, Apple Senior VP of Retail.
    3-A soliloquy on getting rich without doing anything productive by Eddy Cue, Apple Senior VP of Internet Software and Services.
    4-A PowerPoint (not Keynote) Presentation- Why Steve Jobs was wrong and Artists Don’t Ship Macs by Dan Riccio, Apple Senior VP of Hardware Engineering.

    That’s my prediction.
    Oh and another explanation why Planet Of The Apps will be pushed back another year.

    1. All wrapped up by a cheerful zombie Cook wandering around the stage telling everyone that he couldn’t be more excited about his pipeline.

      Supply chain genus my ass

      1. The Progressive Left (not Hillary’s Bullshit) and the Libertarian Right have much more in common than you might think.
        We both want the government out of our personal lives as much as possible, we want the government to be a protector of individual rights, are tired of endless overseas meddling in the affairs of other countries, want our Veterans taken care of, want equity for all so that your ambition and talent define your life- not some government edict and want the environment protected for future generations.

        The crony capitalists of the Democratic and Republican Party are for sale to the highest bidder and pay little more than lip service to their bases. Witness how Trump is currently in the process of fucking over the very people in Blue Collar America that elected him- when he robs them of their pensions, Social Security, Medicare and Disability they will realize poor people are not who the Republicans serve.

  5. “Criminally-underused Pencil”. Apple introduces the iGestapo to arrest people for misuse of Apple products. Former Apple architecture at One Infinite Loop to be transformed into re-education centers.

    1. Actually, I believe Alexander Fox is referring to the fact that there are so few apps that take advantage of the Apple Pencil APIs, including Apple’s own software. It’s another example of recent Apple fail. No Apple Pencil evangelism evident.

        1. I can’t imagine anyone doing much better, considering the legacy of Steve Jobs. I can easily imagine a lot of people doing a lot worse. My perspective is having worked at Eastman Kodak during a period of new CEOs being marched in and out of the company while it imploded thanks to what I call Marketing-As-Management.

          IOW: Despite the rather long list of Apple bungles during the Cook era… I can point to a rather long list of bungles during the second Jobs era. How soon we forget, blahblahblah.

          However, I highly support bitching at Cook for his blundering and insisting the Apple get back on track with:
          A) Real innovation
          B) Progressing the Mac (Keep up with already slowed Intel!)
          C) Supporting their own hardware technology in their own software. (Hello Apple Pencil).
          D) Stop screwing around with what’s already excellent. (Damn you Jony Ives for screwing up macOS!)
          E) Getting even more serious about beta testing and fixing bugs in their software. (7 long standing bugs in 10.12.x and counting, all outright ignored by Apple).
          F) Incredibly crap LAN networking of Macs for this advanced day and age.
          G) The POS Apple Mac App Store app. (Did this thing ever come out of beta? No!)
          H) Apple’s dire dependence upon China: Criminal Nation for its manufacturing and assembly.
          I) Hiring Browett and firing Forstall.
          H) Buying Beats.
          J) Eddie Cue.
          K) Shite audio and charge dual Lightening port adapters.
          L) Emphasizing iOS device thinness over battery life.
          M) Allowing the good-old-white-boy culture to continue at Apple at the expense of women and people-of-color in technology.


          IOW: Let the Cook criticisms continue. But keep some perspective. Imagine another John Sculley running Apple at this time. Things could be remarkably worse.

  6. I have a list of seven annoying bugs in macOS 10.12.6 (the current beta). I’m hoping the fact that Apple has ignored these bugs in the 10.12 beta series means they’ll get serious with 10.13, which I hope will debut at WWDC 2017.

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