Apple IOS and OS X Update: Debut expected this June at WWDC 2016
Jan 26, 2016 09:53 PM EST
Apple is rumored to unveil new versions of IOS and OS X operating systems this June during the WWDC in San Francisco, California.
According to CultofMac, Apple is most likely to hold this year's WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from June 13 to 17, 2016.
Apple usually has an agreement with the Moscone Center to block certain dates in advance for big events like the WWDC. Looking at Moscone's bookings for June, the first, second, fourth and fifth weeks are all filled up but there are no bookings for the third week.
While these dates are a strong possibility, CultofMac cautions everyone to not mark their calendars just yet. Attendance for the WWDC has been steadily increasing every year and there is a chance that Apple might shift to a bigger venue.
Morning News USA reports that regardless of the date and venue, Apple will debut both operating systems on the first day of the conference.
Their report further states that IOS 10 is expected to introduce important functionalities to guarantee Apple Watch's place in the industry.
Featurewise, DigitalTrends has the skinny on what the fans may see on the OSX 10.12.
With Cortana going strong in Windows 10, there is a huge chance that Apple might debut its voice assistant, Siri, on the OS X update. There are also rumors that Apple is set to revamp its ageing HFS+ file-system. Details are sparse as of the moment but Apple could either go with options like BFS, ZFS or go in-house and develop a new propietary file-system.
Apple's OS X update may also provide better integration with other Apple systems like the Apple Watch, the revamped Apple TV and IPhone's IOS.
OS X 10.12 could also signal a greater relaince on ICloud for storing long-term data. Apple could either upgrade iCloud's features for better functionality or lower prices to entice more users to the service.
For the IOS update, TechRadar was able to test the IOS10 beta and has some insights on what to expect this coming June.
The bad news is that since IOS 10 may require more than 512MB of RAM, IPhones 4S and IPAD2 users are unable to use this update. The good news on the other hand, is that Apple is planning to upgrade Siri to better handle voicemails.
It is rumored that Siri can tell a caller why a user cannot pick up the phone and even transcribe voicemail messages to be read on the go or in loud venues. This voicemail service is part of ICloud Voicemail and is an enhancement of the standard digital audio recorder.
For devices equipped with 3D Touch, like the IPhone 6S and 6S PLus, Apple is rumored to replace the physical Home button with the 3D Touch. It also plans to integrate the Control Center with Force Touch-like technology.
Multi-User Support is also a possible contender for inclusion on IOS 10, given that this feature has long been a staple on Android Phones.
As always, all this, no matter how strong the sources are, are all just rumors and speculations. All, some or none of the IOS 10 and OX 10.12 features may be included in the official release. Apple fans will just have to wait for the WWDC 2016 to commence this June and keep their fingers crossed.