While it’s not on the official WWDC schedule, it would make sense for Apple to make a big deal about Spatial Audio today. It recently announced that Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio will be coming to Apple Music at no extra cost to subscribers, in a move that has shaken up hi-res streaming services like Tidal.
It takes 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos content and applies directional audio filters, placing sound in a 3D sphere, making it sound as though audio is coming at you from all angles – and it’s availability on Apple Music without an accompanying price hike is sure to shake up the world of music streaming.
Developers are the main focus of WWDC, and often this is a show that is mostly around preparing them ready for the new features so they can have their apps ready and up to date for software to land in future.
We spoke to three prolific app developers for Apple platforms on what they want to see from WWDC 2021. You can read what they want here.
Could tvOS get its next upgrade today? Little is known about tvOS 15, but TechRadar’s Home Cinema Editor, Henry St Leger, has some ideas about what you can expect.
He says, “New iterations of Apple tvOS smart platform are usually announced at WWDC, and we expect this year to be no different. tvOS 15 should be on show, with a host of improvements, tweaks, and new features for the OS behind the Apple TV app and Apple TV streaming device hardware. If Apple sticks to its usual timelines, that will be followed by a private beta that turns into a public release this September.
“With a new Apple TV 4K now on sale, we expect at least some changes to be around optimizing the Apple TV experience. Rumors are swirling around an app redesign to aid navigation, and we’re hoping to see Apple finally fix its awkward Apple TV Plus integration. We could see an in-app guide to live channels too, as well as a kids mode and more parental controls – which was rumored to come last year but has yet to appear in the operating system.
“Last year’s tvOS 14 update added Audio Sharing for connecting two sets of AirPods, 4K video transfer over AirPlay and 4K playback on YouTube, and greater control over HomeKit-connected smart devices.”
Will we see new Mac hardware from Apple today? A host of leaks and rumors over the last few weeks have suggested so.
Jessica Weatherbed, Computing Writer for TechRadar, says “We’re expecting Apple to announce two new models of MacBook pro – a 14-inch and 16-inch model – though rumors are in the air regarding updated design, potential release dates and even hardware.
“It’s been suggested that these new additions might include some beefier internal silicon (an M1X or M2 if you will), which makes sense given most of the current Mac family now uses the M1 SoC.
“I’d be surprised if these new products are announced for imminent release given existing estimates that components for the new MacBook Pro units won’t be ready until Q3, but Apple typically doesn’t wait long to put it’s new goodies on the shelves.”
In the last 24 hours, a new leak has suggested Apple may be introducing a new mental health focused app at WWDC 2021. The rumors suggest it’ll be called Mind, and the truth is we don’t know a huge amount about.
We’ve broken down what we do know so far, but it sounds like it may be an improvement on the existing Breathe app that you’d find on your Apple Watch. Here’s our analysis on what we think Mind could be.
We’ll be talking you through a variety of the updates we’re expecting to see at WWDC 2021 throughout today. First off, we’re going to talk about iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
Possibly the biggest unveiling of WWDC 2021 will be iOS 15, the next iPhone update that’ll likely come to phones in September.
We haven’t heard too much about iOS from leaks and rumors, but since iOS 14 was quite a big upgrade, people are expecting iOS 15 to present fewer changes. We’ve heard the Control Center could get a little redesign though.
iPadOS 15 is a version of iOS 15 designed for iPads (as the name suggests), and new updates are generally the same as the iPhone counterpart except with a few tablet-specific tricks. Again, news is very light, but iPadOS 15 isn’t expected to change too much from iPadOS 14.
Welcome to TechRadar’s WWDC 2021 live blog. We’re getting started early today ahead of the big event, and we’ll be here to run you through everything we’re expecting from Apple before the stream kicks off.
Expect to hear about updates for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and perhaps even more, with rumors suggesting there will be new gadgets like a MacBook Pro for 2021.
It’s expected to be a packed show, and we’ll be running you through everything as it happens. While you wait, why not check out our feature below where we spoke to three app developers on what they’d like to see Apple introduce at WWDC 2021?