We knew that Apple was going to hold the WWDC 2019 event between June 3 and June 7 in San Jose. The Cupertino company has now officially sent out press invites for its upcoming developer conference. The keynote event of the 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled to take place at 10 AM Pacific Time (1 PM ET) on Monday, June 3rd. The WWDC media invite teaser hints at what we should expect at the event.
Apple updates the WWDC app
For the third year, the WWDC event is taking place outside of San Francisco. Apple will hold the conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The event tickets, which cost $1,600, were sold to developers back in March. The iPhone maker also offered 350 scholarships to students and STEM organization members. The scholarship included free lodging and a free ticket to the WWDC event.
At the event, about 5,000 developers from around the world will get a chance to interact with over a thousand Apple engineers. Developers and Apple fans who can’t attend the event in person will be able to watch the live stream through Apple’s website or the WWDC app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV.
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Soon after sending out the WWDC media invite, Apple has updated its WWDC app for iOS device. The updated app has new stickers and customizable icons. You will be able to watch the live stream through the app. People attending the event in person could use the indoor location to find their way around the McEnery Convention Center. They can also add their pass to Wallet for faster check-in at the event.
What features does the WWDC media invite tease?
The Cupertino company is going to announce new software at the event including iOS 13, macOS 10.15, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6. The WWDC media invite contains a few hints about what Apple has in store for the conference, reports Cnet.
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This year’s WWDC media invite has illustrations of five different Animoji characters: a robot, monkey, skull, unicorn, and alien. All the drawings have a dark background and light colored illustrations, suggesting the arrival of the much-rumored Dark Mode on iOS 13. Macs got the Dark Mode with macOS Mojave last year.
Cnet noted that this year’s WWDC will also focus on creative professionals by upgrading the Mac Pro. The skull illustration features a joystick and bowling pin as debris. It indicates that Apple could provide further details on the Arcade gaming service, which was announced in March. Arcade will debut later this year with more than 100 exclusive games from top developers.
The tech giant traditionally releases the developer beta of its new software on the same day. The public beta version will arrive a few weeks later, while the final version of the software products would be rolled out to the public in September.
According to past reports, the iOS 13 will bring a system-wide Dark Mode, new volume HUD, and many iPad-specific enhancements. Apple could also bring trackpad/mouse support to iPads, which would transform the iPad Pros into a real laptop replacement. Through its Project Marzipan, Apple could allow third-party developers to build a single app for iOS and macOS.
The watchOS 6 is expected to introduce new watch faces, an App Store for the Apple Watch, and new health features.
Apple didn’t announce any new hardware at last year’s WWDC. The company has already launched an updated MacBook Pro with an octa-core processor and improved butterfly keyboards. At the event, the company is expected to launch an upgraded Mac Pro that has been in development for quite a while. Apple could still surprise fans at the event with “One more thing.”