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WWDC 2023: everything Apple should announce (iOS 17, watchOS 10, new Macs, Reality Pro…)

WWDC 2023 will officially start tomorrow from 7 p.m. French time, and this year, Apple should unveil a veritable avalanche of novelties. iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, new Macs, XR Reality Pro mask, announcements should follow one another at breakneck speed. A few dozen hours before this event eagerly awaited by the small world of tech, it is therefore probably time to clear up the many probable announcements. And then after all, it doesn’t hurt to salivate in advance on the dishes that will (probably) be served to us.

iOS 17:

This will undoubtedly be one of the very big pieces of WWDC 2023. iOS 17 is expected to have many new features, including:

  • A brand new logging app integrated into the Find My app
  • A Smart Display mode intended only for the iPhone 14 Pro and 15 Pro models, which is in fact a mode Always On (screen always on). This mode would also have a horizontal display. The iPhone user will finally be able to check notifications, weather or upcoming appointments, etc. without even having to turn on his precious.
  • A new Health app capable of detecting the daily emotions of the user. Ophthalmological information can also integrate the app.
  • Sideloading and alternative App Store: this should be THE big announcement for iOS 17, the one that will also allow Apple to comply with the European rules in preparation. iOS open to third-party application stores, this is no longer a fantasy (but you will have to assume the security risks that will go with it). Sideloading and alternative App Stores would however only concern versions of iOS 17 distributed in Europe.
  • A big update to the Maps app as well as AirPlay and SharePlay functions.

iPad OS 17:

Few big changes are expected for the next version of iPadOS, except that this new version of the iPad operating system should integrate some of the new features of iOS 17, namely the journaling app, the big update of the Health app, and perhaps Sideloading for iPads sold in Europe.

macOS 14:

Almost nothing has leaked, but again some new features of iOS 17 should be available for the next macOS (logging in particular)

tvOS 17:

Not even a rumor to get your teeth into, nada.

watch OS 10:

The Apple watch OS should get a big boost this year. In particular, we expect:

  • The main interface would be deeply modified and should finally display Widgets (including Widget Stacks), which means that it will be possible to navigate in certain Widgets and of course the widgets of Apple apps (Health, Stocks, Weather, Calendar, etc.)
  • The Digital Crown of the Apple Watch would also be used to display the Widgets rather than to access the home screen.
  • A deeply redesigned Stocks app to accommodate the larger screens of the latest Apple Watch models.
  • The scan of the user’s daily emotions (synchronizable with the Health app

watchOS 10 concept

15-inch MacBook Air:

According to Bloomberg, Apple would unveil a MacBook Air model with a 15-inch panel, but a panel with the same resolution as the current 14-inch model (so we would lose a little pixel density) . This MacBook Air would also be equipped with an M2 processor.

MacBook Air M2 macOS Monterey Desktop

Mac Studio M2 Max and M2 Ultra:

This is the most recent rumor. Apple would therefore have a new Mac Studio under its arm, this time equipped with the powerful M2 Max and M2 Ultra. As a reminder, the M2 Max has 12 CPU cores and 30 GPU cores and can support up to 96 GB of RAM. The M2 Ultra is twice those specs (24 CPU cores, etc.)! The price should of course be particularly salty.

Mac Studio Front Magic Mouse Black

Apple Reality Pro:

The highlight of the keynoteit is the first XR mask from Apple, which will be announced with an absolutely monstrous technical sheet: 4K or 5K micro OLED screens at 4000 dpi and 5000 nits, 120° FoV, Pancake lenses, 2 processors including a equivalent to the M2 (with boosted GPU part), around fifteen sensors or cameras including a LiDAR and two color cameras for the pass-through (AR), a remote battery (2 hours of capacity) to maintain an ultra thin and light design (between approximately 300 grams), automatic IPD, functions of eye tracking, hand tracking and face tracking, an interface dedicated, a revamped App Store for the mask and of course a large part of Apple’s software ecosystem adapted for the new precious (Apple Arcade XR, Plans XR, Apple Music XR, Apple TV XR, Apple TV+ XR, Fitness + XR, Creative and office suite, multi-screen etc.). A dedicated development kit will most likely be available to developers as soon as the conference is over. The device would be offered in several colors and its price should be around 3000 dollars.

Reality Pro concept


Apple explains why only USB-C AirPods Pro support lossless audio with Vision Pro

Apple is today marketing a revision of the AirPods Pro which has the particularity of having a USB-C port on the charging case. But that’s not the only change: the headphones also support lossless audio with the Apple Vision Pro headset.

Why can’t the second generation AirPods Pro with the Lightning Charging Case also support lossless audio with the Vision Pro? Brian Tong did an interview with two Apple executives to get the answer. Ron Huang, Apple’s vice president of sensors and connectivity, gives the answer.

Ron Huang says the H2 chip in AirPods Pro with the USB-C port supports the 5GHz wireless frequency band for ultra-low latency and less interference, while the H2 chip in AirPods Pro with the Lightning port is limited to the 2.4 GHz band. Apple says it’s this support for the 5GHz band that allows the updated AirPods Pro to support lossless audio with the Vision Pro.

The Apple Vision Pro headset will be available in early 2024, first in the United States. The price will be $3,499. Apple has already planned marketing in other countries, but this will happen later at a price that is currently unknown in euros.

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Supermodels: the documentary on the star models of the 80s and 90s is available on Apple TV+

The docuseries The Supermodels is available in its entirety (i.e. 4 episodes) on the subscription platform Apple TV+. As the title indicates, this documentary directed by Barbara Kopple focuses on the rise of what we called in the 80s and 90s the “supermodels”, that is to say star models to whom nothing seemed resist, women often adored as film actresses. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and a few others were truly fashion icons of that era, a golden period that the Apple TV+ series retraces in 4 major chapters, The Look, The Celebrity, The Power and The Legacy.

The docuseries The Supermodels will also offer its large batch of sequences and unpublished documents, as well as of course interviews with the main interested parties. It will not only be about the glorious past since the series will also look at the current activities of these ex-fashion stars, “their activism, philanthropy and business prowess”. And of course, US production obliges, a documentary on famous women could not miss the mark of “empowerment”: “As the fashion industry continues to redefine itself, this is the ultimate story of power and how four women came together to reclaim it, paving the way for those who would follow.” » An entire program…

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It would (already) be a hit for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, and a small disappointment for the iPhone 15 Pro

After just a few days of pre-orders, the lively Ming Chi Kuo can already give the main trends in iPhone sales for the current and coming quarter. For the analyst, there are no doubts: the new iPhone 15/15 Pro range is a huge success, and Apple should distribute 80 million copies until the end of the year compared to 76 million for the iPhone 14/14 Pro range. Surprisingly, the 15 Pro Max model is popular with buyers, and Kuo estimates that Apple will sell 35 million of this model (Q3 and Q4), or 7 million more 15 Pro Max compared to sales of the 14 Pro. Max over the same period.

iPhone 15 Pro Official Color Front Back

On the other hand, sales would be a little below expectations for the two most “standard” models, namely the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro. Kuo does not give figures, but specifies that without a drop in prices (via occasional promotions for example), the volume of these sales should not change much in a few months. The surprise is undoubtedly on the side of the iPhone 15 Plus, which would sell beyond the stock capacities initially planned by Apple. The factories will have to operate more vigorously…

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