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Apple WWDC 2024: expect new iOS and major AI features

Apple's going to show us all the latest software (and maybe hardware) it's been working on

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Apple’s WWDC developer conference is back for 2024, taking place (as expected) in June. The smartphone tech giant sent out invites confirming the event will take place in the week commencing 10 June (until 14 June), with the main keynote on the first day. While Apple will be hosting this in-person, there’ll also be a live-stream for you to tune into.

At the conference, we’ll see all the latest software that Apple’s been working on. This year, we’re expecting the usual debut of the latest iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS software. And with the Vision Pro now on people’s faces, we should see what Apple’s planning for visionOS. But this year, we’re also expecting major AI features to take centre stage. And, we might even see some new hardware unleashed, which Apple’s known to do at this event.

Throughout the rest of the week, Apple hosts workshops with developers for its new software. The entire schedule is also available to live-stream for those with a developer account. These workshops will be a mixture of online and in-person events, as per the last two WWDC conferences.

What to expect at WWDC 2024

Apple always unveils its latest version of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS at this event. We’re expecting to see iOS/iPadOS 18, watchOS 11, and macOS 15 (with a location-based moniker – something California based). For the first time, we should see a new version of visionOS for the Vision Pro headset, as well as new software for the Apple TV and HomePods. Apple is also due to reveal more about the revamped version of CarPlay. All this software is most likely going to be available in September – per the usual timeline.


But the biggest headline at WWDC 2024 is going to be new AI features. CEO Tim Cook said in a previous interview, that Apple is going to reveal what it’s been working on. And apparently, it’s some pretty major stuff. We’re expecting Siri to get revamped and be a lot smarter, thanks to chatbot-like LLM abilities being baked in. There might also be new AI features built-in to your iPhone, especially for editing photos. Of course, predictive text and other such features that already use AI should get improvements as well.

In a tweet teasing the event, Apple’s Marketing SVP “Joz” wrote the event would be Absolutely Incredible. The capitalised A and I are surely a nod to AI features coming at the developer conference.

As for hardware, we’re not expecting any groundbreaking launches this year, but we may see some new releases. Apple revealed the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air, in 11in and 13in screen sizes, at its ‘Let Loose’ event in May, and it’s common knowledge new iPhones don’t arrive until September.

There have been rumours of a new HomePod with a touch display built in, so we could see that arrive alongside the latest HomePod software. More likely, we could see new Macs. The Mac Studio, Mac mini, and Mac Pro haven’t yet been given the M3 processor treatment – and now Apple has revealed its new M4 silicon ahead of schedule, we might see more significant performance refreshes at WWDC 2024.

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Connor is a writer for Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website. He has been writing for around seven years now, with writing across the web and in print too. Connor has experience on most major platforms, though does hold a place in his heart for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, electric vehicles, and smartphone tech. Just like everyone else around here, he’s a fan of gadgets of all sorts! Aside from writing, Connor is involved in the startup scene. This exciting involvement puts him at the front of new and exciting tech, always on the lookout for innovating products.

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