The Apple WWDC 2023 annual developer conference will be held at one o’clock tonight, and the editor of the Engadget Chinese version will bring you reports and articles on various new products. Before that, let’s sort out all kinds of rumors and prepare for new products first.
Reality Pro MR helmet?
It has been said that Apple will release the long-awaited first MR mixed reality device Reality Pro (temporary name) on this WWDC23. The current specifications are said to be equipped with M2 chips, 4K resolution screens per eye, and a total of 6 groups. The camera is used for full-body motion tracking, and the battery life is provided by an external battery pack to provide about 2 hours of use time, which is used to keep the helmet body light and comfortable.
It was reported earlier that Apple will position this first-generation MR headset as a high-end productivity tool product, allowing users to work in the virtual world by transplanting past apps such as Pages, iMovie, and GarageBand, as well as sports and games. In addition, there are more FaceTime video calls to see the full body of the avatar, and even let Siri be the main method of operation. It is said that the iPhone and iPad apps can be displayed in the MR environment after minor modifications, quickly giving the new xrOS ecology a relatively substantial number of app support.
A few days ago we saw that Meta released the latest Quest 3 helmet with a price starting at US$499. Although this is obviously a move to grab the exposure first, it seems that it will not directly compete with Apple’s MR helmet in terms of price, because the current The argument is that the Reality Pro monogram, priced at $3,000, is aimed at developers, professionals, and a handful of fanatical fans.
15-inch MacBook Air?
At last year’s WWDC 22, Apple brought the M2 chip and the new MacBook Air, and it seems likely that there will be updates this year. Someone discovered through the developer log that Apple is preparing a 15-inch MacBook Air with the same M2 chip and 8GB RAM specifications, but it is replaced with a larger, higher-resolution panel, which is expected to improve battery life.
iOS 17 / iPadOS 17？
The core of WWDC is still Apple’s new software system. iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 have a great chance to be released tonight. The biggest feature change may be that, as rumored, Apple will provide side-by-side updates in designated regions in response to the requirements of the European Union. The function of loading apps allows users to download and install apps to iPhone and iPad by themselves like Android.
In terms of native apps, it is said that Apple will add a diary-style activity recording function, and introduce a mood index in the health app to pay attention to mental health. In addition, the dynamic island of the iPhone 14 Pro series is said to have added support for more different apps, and at the same time bring the map to the new lock screen page, and the music and wallet apps will also be improved. iPadOS 17 seems to add an iOS lock screen, and even transplant health apps to this big-screen device.
With the tide of electric vehicles, many car manufacturers are taking advantage of the transformation to redesign the vehicle system. Apple may need to respond, so you can also pay attention to whether they will update CarPlay.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman once claimed to have received news that watchOS 10 will be the biggest update in history, and will change to widgets to display content, and the early Glances display interface will also return, allowing Apple Watch users to more easily see what’s on their wrists. Information.
Compared with other platforms, there is relatively little information about the new version of macOS, but the WWDC routine will update the Apple PC system every year, and there may be MR devices launched this year, so the focus may be on the support here.
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