What to expect at WWDC 2018: iPad Edition


Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is only a few weeks away, and that means the first glimpse at iOS 12 is right around the corner. Tim Cook and team will take the stage at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA on June 4th. WWDC is all about the future of Apple's operating systems and software applications that power its popular hardware like the iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomePod and more. Cook is expected to cover the major upgrades coming to iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and the HomPod at the WWDC keynote. Apple is also expected to announce its new iPad Pro models and possibly second-generation iPhone SE at the event. Don't expect any news on a new Mac Pro, Apple has already confirmedthat the new model isn't coming until 2019. Here's what the rumor mill thinks will be presented at WWDC 2018:

Apple sends press invites to WWDC on June 5

WWDC 2017 Invite

Apple today sent out invites to the press for its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2017. The event will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Apple is expected to preview its new operating systems, iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS during a live keynote at 10AM PT on the opening day. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is also planning to unveil some new hardware at the event including two new iPad Pro models, Apple TV with 4K video support and Siri Speaker.

Apple sends out media invites for WWDC 2016

WWDC 2016

Apple today sent out invites for its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. WWDC 2016 will take place from June 13th until to June 17, and the main keynote will be held on the first day at 10:00 AM PST. Apple is expected to unveil new versions of iOS , Mac OS X, tvOS and watchOS at the event.


iPad iOS 7 Adoption at 85% Three Days Before iOS 8 Debut

With WWDC 2014 set to kickoff in San Francisco this coming Monday morning, search based advertising firm, Chitika, announced that the iOS 7 adoption rate among iPad users is 84.8% and 89.7% among iPhone users.

iPad has 84.8% iOS 7 adoption rate

The report is based on Chitika's analysis of millions of U.S. and Canadian iOS users' online ad impressions between May 22 and May 28, 2014. The results were broken down between iPhone and iPad iOS 7 versions. Although the iPad's 84.8% is a bit lower than the iPhone's, it represents a 6.3% increase since Chitika performed a similar study in February. The iPhone's iOS 7 usage increased by 5.4 percentage points over the same period.

Split-Screen Multitasking for iPad Not Likely to Debut at WWDC

The iPad's lack of multitasking ability has been a constant source of attacks by rival tablet makers' TV ads, and a much requested feature by iPad users. Several weeks ago a rumor surfaced that Apple would add multitasking functionality with the release of iOS 8. Now, according to New York Times technology writer, Brian X. Chen, it appears unlikely that the multitasking ability will be unveiled at WWDC 2014.

Quasar multitasking jailbreak tweak for iPad

In a recent tweet, Chen said that he had been told "the split-screen feature isn't ready yet and won't be shown at WWDC," apparently it is still a work in progress. This is far from a death knell however, as 9to5Mac reports that "iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development."

Apple Releases WWDC Schedule and App for iPad

With its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just a week and a half away, Apple has released a schedule for the event and launched an updated WWDC app for the iPad and iPhone.

WWDC 2014

Apple today announced that WWDC 2014 will kick off at San Francisco's Moscone Center West with a keynote presentation at 10:00 AM Monday, June 2. After lunch there will be a "Platforms State of the Union" followed by Apple design awards. The technical sessions and labs begin on Tuesday and, as you can see on the schedule on the WWDC site, much of it remains under wraps. Many of the time slots are labeled "This one is sealed," "No comment," "We're not telling" and so on. To give you an idea of what to expect, some of the sessions that aren't classified include titles such as:


WWDC 2012: Siri Comes to New iPad

Apple has announced that they will be bringing Siri to the new iPad as part of iOS 6. Scott Forstall made the announcement at WWDC 2012 on Monday. Apple also announced that iOS 6 will feature new functionality for Siri. New features include the ability to provide sports scores and schedules, the ability to use OpenTable for reservations, the ability to launch apps and the ability to locate movie times and locations.

WWDC 2012

Jailbreakers who own the iPhone 4S have already been enjoying most of these features through the Cydia tweak AssistantExtensions. Hopefully, the jailbreaking community will add iPad support (if necessary) once iOS 6 is launched.

Will iOS 6 Bring Siri to the iPad?

Apple is expected to preview iOS 6 at the WWDC on June 11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It's pretty much confirmed that they will drop Google Maps in favor of the the 3-D mapping tech they gained from the acquisition of C3 Technologies.

iPad 3

While investigating the new Maps application rumor, TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler discovered that there are "whispers about Siri" coming to the iPad. Many had hoped that the new iPad would feature the voice assistant, but Apple did not include it with the third generation tablet. It's believed Siri was left out because the iPad is not always guaranteed to be connected to Wi-Fi or 4G.

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