/r/AppleWatch WWDC 2017 Megathread 2: 24 Hours

Why hello there!Welcome to the first /r/AppleWatch WWDC2017 Megathread. We’re only about 72 hours out from the event, so we’ll move discussion here. We will be posting 3 megathreads, this one, one at 24 hours, and one just before the event. Discussion about the event should go here, but any news articles, interviews, or greater discussion questions, such as “What do you think about this feature?”, or “What did you wish was in WWDC”, etc, should be their own separate posts. As always, if you’re unsure, message the modsWhat is WWDC?WWDC is Apple’s yearly Worldwide Developer’s Conference, where developers can attend sessions and meet Apple Engineers. For the general public and press, WWDC starts with a Keynote that is used to announce Apple’s new platforms and technologies.Watch the Event Live.The event starts at 10AM on the 5th of June, PDT time. Click for your local timeWatch LinksApple’s Website (Requires Safari on iOS 7 or later, macOS 10.8.5 or later on Safari, or a PC with Microsoft Edge. Apple TV streaming avaliable on Apple TV 2nd generation or higher.)WWDC App for iOS, tvOS, watchOS. (Requires iOS 10.3 or later)A VLC watch link for other platforms will potentially be posted closer to the date. Stay tuned.What to ExpectSoftwareWWDC is where major software updates are announced.iOS 11MacRumors RoundupSiri Updates: It is rumored that Apple will make monumental changes to Siri to allow it to become more contextually aware and allow it to link with iCloud and Messages, among other apps. This is likely as Apple is rumored to be releasing a Siri speaker (more down the post).Group Facetime: It is rumored that Apple will enable group Facetime for up to five people in one call.iPad Overhaul: New iPad specific functionality is rumored to be enabled in iOS 11 – specifically to do with Apple Pencil among other capabilitiesRedesign: iOS 11 could be the first full redesign since iOS 7, with a more bold look – such as the new UI in Music, Maps, and Home, that was introduced in iOS 10.Apple Music: With the release of Carpool Karaoke in Apple Music, as well as other shows such as Planet of the Apps, it is likely Apple Music will be tweaked to have more focus on video.watchOS 4iMore RoundupMacWorld ArticleWhile not much is known about watchOS 4, some hopeful features are:New Watchfaces: New Watch Faces were released in watchOS 3, so there is some potential for watchOS 4 to continue on this trend.Third Party Watchfaces: A large amount of people wish for 3rd party watch faces. Apple could potentially integrate this into watchOS 4New Activities: According to iMore (see below), Apple has been investigating new activities, such as skiing. These features may be present in Apple Watch Series 3, due in September, however: > Or on March 10, when an employee on the Apple Watch team injured his knee while skiing. “Watch EE team has two days ski trip (3/10-3/11) to Tahoe area to help collect core motion data for skiing/boarding activity tracking. It’s also part of team building activity. Employee has participated in the activity and had an injury on his knee.” We asked Apple if it plans to add skiing and snowboarding as tracked activities to its Workout app but have not heard back.Siri Improvements: As with all of the above, Siri improvements would be applicable to all devices.New Health Apps: Bloomberg Claims that sleep tracking may be an app that is supported across all existing Apple Watch models.Design Tweaks: In the case that iOS gets design tweaks, Apple Watch would also potentially be tweaked to fit said design.macOS 10.13MacRumors RoundupWhile not much is known about macOS 10.13, here are some potential updates:Siri Updates: With a potential Siri overhaul in iOS 11, it is also likely that macOS would see the same improvementsAFS: Apple File System was introduced into iOS and watchOS earlier this year. With 10.13, it is likely that Apple will introduce the same file system to Mac, making the operating system faster and more efficient with allocating space. Click here for more detailstvOS 11tvOS rumors are also sparse. Here are some expectations:Siri Improvements: Kind of explained this already, haven’t I?Feature Improvements: Single sign-on, Live Tune-In, universal search, and the TV app could all see improvements.Apple Music: Apple Music for tvOS would reflect the potential shift to Video on iOS.HardwareIt is highly unlikely that Apple will release a new iPhone or Apple Watch at WWDC, as those devices are scheduled for September. It is also unlikely that Apple will update the Apple Watch band lineup. Some likely releases are:Siri SpeakerMacRumors RoundupAccording to MacRumors:”Apple is rumored to be working on an Amazon Echo competitor, offering a speaker with Siri integration that’ll be able to serve as a home hub for controlling smart products, playing music, and more.”The Siri Speaker would prompt updates to Siri, which would trickle down to all of Apple’s OSes. It is likely that it will look like a Mac Pro with a cylindrical design. It is rumored that Apple may integrate Beats speaker technology, as well as advanced microphone systems. Some other rumors suggest facial recognition, as well as sensors to allow it to sense a room’s size.Phil Schiller has commented about the Amazon Echo, another smart speaker, saying:So there’s many moments where a voice assistant is really beneficial, but that doesn’t mean you’d never want a screen. So the idea of not having a screen, I don’t think suits many situations. For example if I’m looking for directions and I’m using Maps, Siri can tell me those directions by voice and that’s really convenient but it’s even better if I can see that map, and I can see what turns are coming up, and I can see where there is congestion, I understand better my route, and what I’m going to do. […]This comment has prompted some news outlets to believe that the Siri Speaker will include a display to be able to interface more deeply and provide further information to a user.The Siri Speaker would function as a “gateway”, allowing smart home devices to be controlled, Siri to be accessed, and sound and other audio content to be played.MacMacRumors ArticleWhile Mac Mini and Mac Pro updates are highly unlikely, we may see updates to MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air with updated chipsets and more RAM in the case of the MacBook Pro and MacBook.iPadIt is rumored that iPad Pro will receive a new 10.5″ variant, with MacRumors predicting:iPad Pro rumors have largely focused on the new display, but an upgraded model is also likely to feature an upgraded processor, improved cameras, True Tone flash, quad speakers, and a True Tone display, with some of these features being adopted from the previous 9.7-inch iPad Pro.Further Speculation about watchOS 4/r/AppleWatch has had multiple posts speculating wanted features for watchOS 4. Here are some of them:Now that WWDC17 has been announced, what do you want to see from watchOS 4What would you like to see on watchOS 4?My watchOS 4 wish list top 10What we want to see from watchOS 4 wishlistWhat do you hope to see in watchOS 4?watchOS 4 feature discussionThat’s all for now! We’ll update with the VLC link as soon as possible. via /r/AppleWatch http://ift.tt/2rzqJqD

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