Apple’s WWDC 2018: Here’s what to expect

Apple working on NFC tech for iPhones that unlocks doors

Apple working on NFC tech for iPhones that unlocks doors

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is taking place next week, from June 4.

A report from Reuters on Friday says that Apple Inc will be debuting tools that will allow two iPhone users to share data so they can have access to the same virtual environment through their individual devices, according to two sources familiar with the project.

Reports in the USA suggest Apple could introduce a tool to help users better manage their time on their devices as part of efforts to improve digital well-being.

As always, Apple will be live-streaming the event, so you can catch the event right from your home.

At Google I/O in May, the company introduced a series of time management tools for Android users that help better manage screen time, track app usage, and limit the phone's ability to distract, including a "shush" mode which turns on Do Not Disturb by flipping the phone over, and a "wind down", color reduction mode for bedtime.

It's nearly a certainty that Apple will provide updates on new software at WWDC. The latest iOS update is expected to allow developers to use the integrated NFC chips on iPhones for more functions like unlocking a vehicle or switch on the security system inside your home.

Apple is also expected to unveil a heavily upgraded version of ARKit, the development toolkit it provides for building AR-infused iOS apps including a mode created to "let users play AR games against each other in the same virtual environment". This was reported by The Information, and now NFC chip on iPhones is limited to payments via Apple Pay.


Elsewhere, while a new Apple Watch model is unlikely, popular suggestions for what Apple might unveil for WatchOS 5 include the addition of Spotify, new fitness features and a native Podcasts app.

Apple is also expect to preview improvements to its voice assistant 'Siri'.

Will MacBooks be able to run iPhone apps?

Though rumblings about a new MacBook Air revamp have toned down, Apple is still expected to make a hardware debut or two during its WWDC event which saw the launch of the HomePod speaker past year. Reports from The Information suggest Apple is finally ready to loosen things up.

It has been about a year since Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro, which means that it is about time that Apple refreshes the lineup. There could also be new watch faces including a Pride-themed one that's already leaked and fitness features.

Telegram Chief Executive Pavel Durov announced the turnabout on Twitter, thanking Apple and CEO Tim Cook for getting the latest Telegram version "to millions of users, despite the recent setbacks".

With that release, Apple made AR possible on many phones without any modifications. The fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV owners will have to download the Apple Events app from the App Store of tvOS for this.

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