Apple WWDC 2018 Keynote Begins

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While the last year's update for the software running the iPhones and iPads was riddled with bugs, iOS 12 at Apple WWDC 2018 is expected to be more about stability.

Apple is also expected to unveil a heavily upgraded version of ARKit, the development toolkit it provides for building AR-infused iOS apps including a mode created to "let users play AR games against each other in the same virtual environment".

In addition, there will be an Apple News app (currently available in iOS 11) and a refreshed App Store with video previews.

Additionally, Apple has also launched an app for WWDC on the App store. And there are indications that macOS 10.14 will called Mojave, after the Mojave desert in California.

In Monday's keynote speech at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple followed suit with a toolbox of its own to curb smartphone addiction, including a new Do Not Disturb for bedtimes, an app that tracks app usage and the ability to set daily time limits for specific apps. With iOS 11, Siri got app suggestions for personalization in native iOS apps like News, Mail, Messages, and Safari apps.

There is also the rather flimsy rumour that the iPhone SE2, an update to Apple's budget phone, could be announced. The WWDC 2018, just like its predecessors, will give us our first glimpse of the new iPhone and the Mac softwares.

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Support for third-party watch faces is reported to be part of watchOS 5, along with an enhanced focus on health and activity features but most coverage of the update tends to come in the form of wish lists versus anything concrete.

There will be several other announcements in regards with macOS, watchOS and tvOS as well.

However, if there are any new round watchfaces in the developer kit, we might get a glimpse of a future round Apple Watch.

The explanation for the change reportedly has nothing to do with the sales performance of the MacBook, and is a more general initiative aimed at further lowering production costs. Would you be disappointed if there are no new MacBook and iPad Pro models?

But there is some speculation that the Apple iPhone SE 2 might be unveiled.

It is important to note, though, that Apple is unlikely to make major announcements about the MacBook Pro lineup, at least based on the manner of its laptop releases in the past couple of years. So it will be no surprise if this year is another "hardware-less" WWDC.

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