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iOS 10 And Worldwide Developers Conference Date Leaked

One of the most important dates in any technology calendar has seemingly been confirmed well ahead of schedule. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is a critical event in the portfolio of the California-based corporation, not least because it usually yields an updated version of iOS. Apple has a reputation for playing its cards extremely close to its chest with regard to any sort of major announcement, but leaks in the last few days seem to have confirmed the date for the WWDC well ahead of schedule.

iOS 10 And Worldwide Developers Conference Date Leaked

Moscone Center venue expected

This year’s event has seemingly been inadvertently leaked by the Moscone Center. The largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco has hosted the Worldwide Developers Conference previously, and it seems that it will once again be the venue for this year’s event. This is based on the fact that the WWDC has seemingly already been earmarked for a particular date in the event calendar of the Moscone Center.

With Apple having relied upon the center for the WWDC event over the last seven years, there is no reason to believe that 2016 will be any different from recent precedent. The Moscone Center has an understanding with the Cupertino-based company to not publish their name on the schedule until Apple itself announces the event, but it seems on this occasion that some poking around on the website of the Moscone Center has paid dividends.

MacRumors carried out an investigation of the center’s website, and found that the calendar of the Moscone Center is bare between the dates of June 13 and June 17. MacRumors has thus suggested that the foremost of these dates is the most likely possibility for the developers conference, and this will mean that iOS developers will already be pencilling the date into their diaries.

Certainly none of this information has been confirmed explicitly as of yet, and indeed will not be done so publicly for several months. Apple has moved away from appearing at major technology events such as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona over the last few years, with the consumer electronics giant able to command its own audience for unique unveiling events.

There is always the possibility that Apple could move away from the Moscone Center for the 2016 WWDC conference, but this does seem unlikely. It is hard to conceive of another feasible venue for the developers conference in San Francisco, or a valid reason why Apple would move away from hosting the event at its California home.

iOS set for June unveiling

So even at this early stage, we can expect Apple to unveil its latest iOS operating system in June. The rumor mill will undoubtedly grind away between now and this date, but we can say for certain that there will also be a wide range of other announcements made at the conference. Although Apple has shied away from making major hardware announcements at the Worldwide Developers Conference over the last few years, we do usually gain a good impression of what can be expected from iPhone units via the WWDC.

The release of iOS 10 could be particularly important this year, as it is widely expected that Apple will release several hardware devices before its Worldwide Developers Conference. In particular a 4-inch smartphone is predicted, either to be called the iPhone 6C or iPhone 7C. And Apple will also be updating its Apple Watch smartwatch this year, with the intention of building upon the 95 percent market share that the first Apple Watch has already achieved.

With both of these devices expected to launch in April, developers will be particularly interested in what Apple has to offer with the iOS 10 operating system this year. With Apple still struggling to truly define the Apple Watch as a device, it is likely that the consumer electronics behemoth will include significant functionality in its iOS 10 operating system designed to ensure that the Apple Watch really strikes a chord with consumers.

Meanwhile, as Apple prepares for the release of both the next-generation iPhone and Apple Watch releases, the corporation has also leaked some emoji news this week. 74 new emoji are included in the latest updated Unicode 9 emoji set, which was recently accepted by the Unicode Consortium. Everyone remembers the middle finger emoji that made something of a splash for Apple previously, and these several dozen new characters will doubtless generate yet more gossip.

iOS 10 emojis approved

Apple has attempted to listen to the desires of users with these new set of characters, and thus the emoji are based on popular requests from Apple users. It is also notable that the new characters include gender-matching pairs, as well as compatibility with emoticons in existing Apple platforms. The Unicode Technical Committee has already approved the 74 new proposals, with the final determination for the emojis to be added to Unicode 9.0 set to be made before June 2016.

This suggests that iOS 10 will benefit from the inclusion of these new characters when it is released in what is expected to be September. Not too much else is known about the possible new features that will be included in iOS 10 at this point in time, but we at least know that these new emojis are likely to be included.

With Apple releasing a revolutionary new iPhone 7 device in 2016, the importance of iOS 10 cannot be understated. The iPhone 6S did not perform in quite the stellar fashion that previous handsets have for Apple, and thus the corporation must deliver something truly outstanding if it is to convince the city that it can continue to deliver significant growth.

For those who are interested, the new emojis are described as follows:

  • Drooling Face
  • Shallow Pan Of Food
  • Tumbler Glass
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Nauseated Face
  • Face With Cowboy Hat
  • Lying Face
  • Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • Clown Face
  • Left-Facing Fist
  • Raised Back Of Hand
  • Man Dancing
  • Fox Face
  • Shrug
  • Right-Facing Fist
  • Handshake
  • Potato
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Black Heart
  • Shark
  • Bacon
  • Face Palm
  • Man In Tuxedo
  • Pregnant Woman
  • Wilted Flower
  • Mother Christmas
  • Scooter
  • Duck
  • Croissant
  • Owl
  • Motor Scooter
  • Octagonal Sign
  • Carrot
  • Eagle
  • Bat
  • Sneezing Face
  • Juggling
  • Stuffed Flatbread
  • Butterfly
  • Kiwifruit
  • Water Polo
  • Gorilla
  • Peanuts
  • Spoon
  • Wrestlers
  • Boxing Glove
  • Drum With Drumsticks
  • Baguette Bread
  • Fencer
  • Second Place Medal
  • Goal Net
  • Canoe
  • Egg
  • Pancakes
  • Third Place Medal
  • Handball
  • Rhinoceros
  • Deer
  • Martial Arts Uniform
  • Glass of Milk
  • Lizard
  • Green Salad
  • Person Doing Cartwheel
  • First Place Medal
  • Rifle
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Shopping Trolley
  • Selfie
  • Prince
  • Call Me Hand
  • Clinking Glasses
  • Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed