WWDC 2021 roundup: From iOS 15, new MacBook Pro, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, other key details

WWDC 2021 roundup: From iOS 15, new MacBook Pro, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, other key details

WWDC 2021, the big day, is here, and we can expect some major announcements from Apple at today's keynote. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is usually an event that focuses on software, but today, we could see some surprises, including the launch of the all-new MacBook Pro. The good thing is that the WWDC event is back to its normal schedule of early June, unlike last year where the pandemic slightly delayed the annual event to the end of June 2020.

The Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off at 10:30 pm IST and be an online event live-streamed from Apple Park. Interested people can watch the event's live stream on YouTube, Apple's website, and Apple TV.

We will now break down everything that you can expect Apple to announce during the keynote, starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, and the much-anticipated all-new MacBook Pro.

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS, and macOS 12: What to expect

Apple this year has done quite well, keeping most of the upcoming features of iOS 15 under the wraps. Unlike iOS 14, there's not everything that's known about the forthcoming mobile operating system from Apple. Though, there's enough to keep you interested in it.

First up is the all-new way to manage notifications. iOS 15 is said to bring a new set of preferences for users to manage the notifications. Some of the rumoured preference statuses include Sleep mode, Do Not Disturb, and a custom option. Apple will likely give an option to manage the notifications from the Control Centre.

The next big refresh is being rumoured for iMessage, which is likely to receive more social platform-inspired features so that it can take on other messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Messenger, and more.

iOS 15 may also add built-in support for food tracking in the Health app. Some of the other rumours hint at an all-new Control Centre and dual biometric authentication support for certain apps related to payments. We have our fingers crossed and will wait for what Apple has in store for iPhone users. There are also reports that claim Apple may stop supporting the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE with the iOS 15 update.

iPadOS 15 is likely to get its biggest visual upgrade, and it is also said to get new widget settings inspired by iOS 14. A recent report claimed that the iPadOS 15 might add an all-new multitasking feature, making it easier to work on two apps simultaneously.

watchOS 8 is likely to add new apps to the Apple Watch models. Some of the latest apps that have been tipped include Tips, Mind, and Contacts. The new watchOS version is also likely to add new watch faces and widgets to the UI.

Coming to macOS 12, some reports have so far hinted that the new macOS may not be as big as last year's update. It is being said that the new macOS may be a minor update and bring improvements as well as privacy-related features.

We also expect Apple to announce a new tvOS 15, which will power the Apple TV models and HomePod.

MacBook Pro

Apple's WWDC is generally a software-related event with announcements related to iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. However, this year we may see the launch of the all-new MacBook Pro. To refresh, the company launched the new MacBook Pro with Pro Display XDR at WWDC 2019, and we can see something similar this year. However, Apple didn't launch any new Mac or iPad during its WWDC 2020 keynote.

The new MacBook Pro is said to come in 14-inch and 16-inch screen sizes. The new laptop is expected to introduce an all-new design. The biggest upgrade on the new MacBook Pro could be under the hood, as reports claim that it may be powered by an M1X, a 10-core CPU with up to 32 GPU cores.

We will have to wait for another few hours to see what Apple has for its users.