WWDC 2017 live blog

Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off with its traditional keynote on June 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EDT. Apple is streaming the event live and we'll be sharing our thoughts before, during, and after the show, and collecting them all right here. So, watch along with us for all the color, commentary, and analysis for the show!

Since the show hasn't started yet, here's a preview of what to expect!

All the new operating systems

Major new OS updates are as close to sure things as we're going to get at WWDC. There'll be a new version of iOS. A new version of macOS. And new versions of tvOS and watchOS as well.

If past is predicate, Craig Federighi will do the honors for iOS 11 and macOS 10.13. Kevin Lynch will walk us through watchOS 4, and Eddie Cue will handle tvOS 11.

Big things to look for:

  • Dark theme on iOS 11. If rumors of OLED iPhone 8 are true, developers will need time to get black, power-efficient apps ready to accommodate it.
  • Smarter Siri. The AI wars are upon us. No, not Skynet. At least not yet. But everyone is fielding virtual assistants and Apple's going to have to work hard to match and exceed expectations.
  • Putting the Pro into Pro. It's been two years since the last big iPad enhancement and, while Apple won't make iOS into macOS, the company can and will continue to push iOS forward on the big screen.
  • More Messages. Communications is becoming a primary interface layer and while iMessage in iOS 10 was a big step forward, Apple needs to keep pushing the pace.
  • Photos. But better. Google Photos is seriously great but comes with huge privacy compromises. Apple nails the privacy but needs to ramp up the features, and fast, to stay competitive.
  • Apple Television. No, not the set. The service. Apple couldn't get the deal before. Now others have the service Apple always wanted. It's time for Apple to get it too.
  • Even better together. Apple's real strength is how well all the operating systems and devices work together. Rounding that out, including filling gaps like handoff for media, will make everything even more compelling.

There's lots more, of course. Full ten-fold tent-poles for everything. For the rest of the rumors, see:

The hardware potentials

Apple doesn't showcase new hardware at WWDC. Except when it does. Absent a March event and with rumors hot and heavy, this could be one of the years it does.

Phil Schiller is the best in the business when it comes to introducing new atoms for all the new bits to run on, at least when it comes to iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Jeff Williams has been handling Apple Watch when it makes an appearance, and Eddy Cue — Apple TV.

So, what could we get?

  • New MacBook updates. MacBook didn't get updated in March and MacBook Air… in a lot longer. MacBook Pro was just updated, but new chips might be available for it too. In other words, Kaby Lake everything.
  • Siri Speaker / Apple Home Hub. We're still super early in the home hub space and Apple loves to zag when others zig. So, Siri in something closer to a SONOS-style connected speaker could make more sense — and higher margins — than tiny, tinny Echo-style product.
  • Apple TV 4K. It would need iTunes 4K to go with it, and HDR to be truly updated, but Apple's new TV box needs an update to stay new.
  • Edge-to-edge iPad. Would Apple spoil an edge-to-edge iPhone unveiling by showing off the next-generation iPad first? If it's ready to ship, it'll ship.

Apple Watch Series 3 is probably a while away still and, while an updated iPhone SE could ship at any time, there's only so much one show can hold. For all the rumors, see:

Any more things?

Always more things! Despite the hardware, software will still be key at WWDC. Apple's shown the company can make bold new designs and cutting edge new features, but also work to revolutionize medical research and patient care, accessibility and privacy.

The devices will get the lion's share of media attention next month, but it's all the new Kits that'll be defining how we use those devices for the next year.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.