What To Expect From Apple WWDC 2023: New Macs, Mixed-Reality Headset, iOS 17 And More

Apple's WWDC 2023 will be livestreamed on June 5.  (Image: Apple)

Apple’s WWDC 2023 will be livestreamed on June 5. (Image: Apple)

The Apple WWDC 2023 event is inching closer as it is scheduled for June 5. Here’s everything to expect from the company’s biggest event of the summer, the mixed-reality headset to iOS 17.

Apple’s biggest summer event WWDC 2023 is going to be held on June 5 this month. It is expected to have many revelations including iOS 17, iPadOS 17, a new MacOS and new hardware. Much-anticipated products include the highly anticipated mixed-reality headset and new Macs. Apple is promoting the event as a ‘new era’, indicating that big announcements are planned.

Here is everything that Apple may reveal at WWDC 2023:

“Many New Macs” Expected

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple will unveil ‘several new Macs’ at the event. It’s unclear whether the new Macs will be powered by the third-generation Apple Silicon M3 chipset or if they’ll stick to the M2 series chipsets, which includes the M2, M2 Pro and M2 Max. In the recent past, Gurman claimed that the M3-powered Macs wouldn’t be ready in time for a launch near WWDC 2023, and now, according to Bloomberg, that appears to be the case.

Bloomberg reported, “The company is planning two new Mac models — internally labeled as the Mac 14,13 and Mac 14,14 — that will use the M. 2 Max processor announced in January and the yet-to-be-unveiled M. 2 Ultra chip.” The rumored M2 Ultra chip could replace the M1 Ultra chip featured in the Mac Studio that was released in March last year. In addition, a new MacBook Air 15-inch model is also expected to arrive at the event with the M2 chip.

Due to the large number of products being launched, Gurman expects the WWDC 2023 keynote to be one of the longest-running ones that Apple has held yet.

Mixed-reality headset could be the center of attention

Apple’s mixed-reality headset, often referred to as an AR/MR headset, is expected to be one of the highlights of the event, which claimed that several industry experts were invited to the event. Bloomberg notes that this launch is likely to be just as big as the original iPhone launch was for the company and could even affect the ‘legacy’ of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

9to5Mac notes that due to the high-end specifications, which include a micro OLED display with a display density of 4000 pixels per inch and 5000 nits of peak targeted brightness, Apple’s first mixed-reality headset could cost around $3000 . Mark Gurman claims that the headset is expected to run most iPad apps out of the box. Having an iPad app library could be a big boost in terms of user adoption and could help Apple justify the price.

Software galore: iOS 17, iPadOS, the new MacOS, and xrOS

At WWDC 2023, Apple will unveil iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and the new macOS, with a focus on software and developer-centric advancements. Initially planned as an incremental update, iOS 17 is now expected to include various “nice to have” features. MacRumors previously stated that the OS could introduce a redesigned Control Center and a new journaling app.

For iPadOS 17, it will gain Health features, the Health app finally available on the iPad.

The keynote will also feature the new macOS 14, which is expected to bring several quality of life improvements.

Apple may also provide detailed insight into their xrOS software, which is anticipated to power their mixed-reality headset. Recently, the company through a subsidiary filed a trademark for the xrOS wordmark in New Zealand. According to reports, Apple had earlier applied for a trademark of the same name.