New MacBooks, a Big New WatchOS Update, and Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset To Be Announced At WWDC
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In addition to the company’s long-rumored mixed reality headset, Apple is expected to launch new MacBooks, as well as a “major” update to the Apple Watch’s watchOS software at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. All told, WWDC 2023 could end up being one of Apple’s “biggest product launch events ever,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The Verge reports:
Let’s start with the Macs. Gurman doesn’t explicitly say which macOS-powered computers Apple could announce in June, but lists around half a dozen devices it currently plans to release this year or early 2024. There’s an all new 15-inch MacBook Air, an updated 13-inch MacBook Air, and new 13-inch and “high-end” MacBook Pros. Meanwhile on the Mac side Apple still needs to replace its last Intel-powered device, the Mac Pro, with an Apple Silicon model, and it also reportedly has plans to refresh its all-in-one 24-inch iMac.
Bloomberg’s report notes that “at least some of the new laptops” will make an appearance. The bad news is that none are likely to run Apple’s next-generation M3 chips, and will instead ship with M2-era processors. Apple apparently also has a couple of new Mac Studio computers in development, but Bloomberg is less clear on when they could launch.
Over on the software side, which is WWDC’s traditional focus, watchOS will reportedly receive a “major” update that includes a revamped interface. Otherwise, we could be in for a relatively quiet show on the operating system front as iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS are not expected to receive major updates this year. Gurman does say that work to allow sideloading on iOS to comply with upcoming EU legislation is ongoing.