WWDC 2022 rumored to take place on June 6 (and it’ll be in-person)

The rumor: Apple’s yearly worldwide developer conference will return to a destination event, according to Jon Prosser (69% accurate).

Sam’s take: I’m almost certain that this is the right date (Apple always holds WWDC in the first or second week of June). But I am skeptical that it’ll be in-person. Sure, COVID-19 cases are steadily decreasing now. But isn’t it possible that another, even more transmissible variant could appear by June? I have no doubt that Apple will take the utmost precaution to keep everyone safe if WWDC 2022 is in-person…but it seems like there’s still a lot of risk in returning to large gatherings right now. I would be comfortable attending, but I can also understand that a lot of folks would not feel the same way.

WWDC 2021 leaderboard update: this is where the best (and worst) Apple sources stand

Following WWDC 2021, here’s a look at the updated source leaderboard and where the best (and worse) Apple sources place.

Sources that increased their credibility

🏀 Mark Gurman: 89.1% accurate (was 88.7)

🌙 L0vetodream: 88.8% accurate (was 88)

🕘 9to5Mac: 78.7% accurate (was 78.5)

🗞 The Wall Street Journal: 80% accurate (was 77.4)

Sources that decreased their credibility

🧻 Jon Prosser: 73.6% accurate (was 78.1)

🌳 Wedbush: 69.2% accurate (was 72)

🧭 Macotakara: 64.4% accurate (was 66.2)

The Verifier: 54.7% accurate (was 55.3)

Note: As you may have noticed, no source is perfect. That’s because even the best get some info right and some info wrong: do not harass anyone for their track record. The leaderboard functionality on AppleTrack is here only to help tech enthusiasts better understand how likely a rumor really is.

As always, if you notice a discrepancy on someone’s record, let us know.

Apple references unreleased M1X MacBook Pro in WWDC Keynote tags

The news: Apple included two tags hidden in the metadata of their WWDC 2021 keynote that point to a new MacBook Pro, as spotted first by YouTuber Max Balzer.

Our take: I’ve seen a lot of takes that ‘this was just for SEO’ or ‘wow, Apple is so genius for optimizing the video based on rumors’ but I disagree completely. Every rumor pointed to a new MacBook Pro coming at this event, and it seems like Apple decided to push it back last minute.

macOS 12 Monterey announced with Universal Control, Shortcuts app & all-new Safari

Here’s the news for macOS 12:

  • Photos, Messages and more upgrades sharing features from iOS and iPadOS 15
  • Universal Control: allows you to control other Apple devices from Mac in an astonishing fashion
  • AirPlay to Mac from iOS devices
  • Shortcuts app introduced as replacement for Automator
  • Safari completely redesigned with new UI, tab groups and web extensions on all devices

iPadOS 15 revamps widgets, adds Shelf and more

This is what’s new:

  • Upgraded widgets can be placed anywhere on the Home Screen, with full-size widgets and a new App Library
  • Multitasking menu now present front and center in all apps with new Shelf section added
  • New keyboard shortcuts
  • Notes: mentions, activity view, tags and Quick Note allows you to instantly access your notepad
  • Translate app comes to iPadOS
  • Swift Playgrounds allows you to build iPhone and iPad apps on device

Apple unveils new AirPods updates at WWDC

This is what’s new:

  • Conversation boost: beam forming mics help hear the people speaking around you better
  • Announce notifications: Siri will speak notifications and not just Messages
  • Find My support is much better with a new finding UI and improved Bluetooth locating

iOS 15 introduces major FaceTime, Messages and notification updates

Here’s what’s new:

  • FaceTime: Spatial audio, voice isolation and wide spectrum audio, video capture and Portrait Mode, plus the ability to schedule calls
    • SharePlay: Listen to Music, movies and tv shows, and share your screen
  • Messages: significant UI updates, pin Messages, new photo collages and stacks, and Shared For You iOS integration
  • Notifications: new summary view, updated UI design, & Focus, a new status updating feature that changes notifications
  • Photos: searchable text and new intelligent memories with memory mixes
  • Wallet: UWB with broader key support & ID cards
  • Weather: new design with more weather insights plus radar
  • Maps: new globe view, improved 3D views with more map detail, beautiful nighttime view and upgraded transit with favorite lines

iOS 15 may include ‘big’ updates to Safari, Health, Maps and iMessage

The rumor: Apple is planning big updates to a number of key apps on iOS, according to Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal (77.4% accurate).

Our take: Apple has been hinting extensively at upgrades to the Messages app, but we hadn’t previously heard about improvements coming to Safari or Maps. We’ll find out how big iOS 15 really is in just three days.

Apple may announce new homeOS operating system at WWDC

The leak: Apple has revealed the existence and naming of a new operating system in an Apple Music job listing, as spotted first by Javier Lacort.

  • “You’ll get to work with system engineers across Apple, learning the inner-workings of iOS, watchOS, tvOS and homeOS,” the job listing says
  • Apple could announce the new operating system as soon as next week, at WWDC 2021

Our take: This is the second time we’ve had an all-new operating system spoiled ahead of the annual developer keynote. First was iPadOS a few years back, and now homeOS thanks to this job listing. With no detail about what exactly homeOS is, I’m assuming it will only run on the HomePods?

New rumor says MacBook Pro ‘confirmed’ for WWDC

The rumor: A new version of the MacBook Pro is set to be announced at WWDC, according to Jon Prosser (78.1% accurate).

  • In a response to our story about Apple potentially hinting at the launch of new MacBook models, Prosser says he “can confirm MacBook Pro is coming”
  • Mark Gurman (88.7% accurate) has also rumored a Summer launch for new MacBook Pros

Our take: And here’s confirmation of our hunch. New MacBook Pros, at the very least, should be shown off in exactly two weeks on June 7.