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WWDC 2018: Apple expected to launch iPhone SE 2, new MacBook

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WWDC 2018: Apple expected to launch iPhone SE 2, iOS 12, new MacBook


Apple is expected to make some hardware focused announcements at WWDC 2018 ranging from the much-awaited iPhone SE 2, and a new lineup of MacBooks.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2018 will begin on June 4 and the five-day event will take place in San Jose, California. In addition to the ritual software announcements, the highlight this year is on new hardware announcements.

Apple is highly expected to launch the second generation of its ‘affordable’ iPhone SE. The Cupertino tech giant could also announce a fresh lineup of MacBooks. Focusing on software, Apple will make announcements on emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.

During last year’s WWDC we saw new products like the Siri-powered HomePod smart home speakers and a new range of iPads — iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 10.5.

Now that Apple WWDC 2018 is less than a couple of weeks away, here’s everything that you can expect at the developer conference.

Apple iPhone SE 2
The biggest attraction at this year’s WWDC is going to be the iPhone SE 2. The original iPhone SE made its debut in 2016 as the company shifted its focus towards bigger display phones such as iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus.

The iPhone SE, however, was touted as the affordable iPhone and aimed at those who loved the classic compact form factor of iPhones. Interestingly, Apple didn’t come out with a successor to iPhone SE in 2017.

Ahead of the Apple WWDC 2018, a number of leaks have already given away key details about the new iPhone SE 2. For starters, the phone is expected to come with an edge-to-edge display, similar to iPhone X. This means Apple will be able to fit in a larger screen in the phone without having to significantly alter the overall dimensions of the phone.

There are higher chances that iPhone SE 2 may also have a notch display, akin to iPhone X. Apple may even advertise iPhone SE 2 as the affordable iPhone X variant. The smartphone is expected to come with a glass design.

As far specifications go, Apple iPhone SE 2 is expected to run on A11 Bionic processor, instead of the company’s A12 processor which is set to power the next-gen iPhones.

The smartphone may have a bigger 1,750mAh battery, improved camera, and newer 32GB and 128GB storage options.

With Google and Microsoft making giant strides with Google Assistant and Cortana respectively, it’s Apple’s turn to show what its digital assistant Siri has in store. Already, Apple has hinted that Siri will be coming with newer voices and even power a newer home speaker. Google recently added six new voices to its Google Assistant, including that of singer John Legend.

Siri is also expected to be more open to third-party applications — a recent change in strategy from Apple to boost usage of its voice assistant. Over the years, the company has expanded Siri to various third-party apps like WhatsApp, Uber and Truecaller. Now that Siri is powering smart home speakers and Apple Watch LTE, the company needs to include more third-party apps to the overall catalogue.

Just recently, a new patent application revealed that Apple is making Siri smarter in a way that it can understand why a user has declined a call and send an appropriate response to the recipient. Significantly, Apple is likely to invest a lot on adding machine learning technologies into Siri.

More hardware
Apart from a new Homepod and iPhone SE 2 smartphone, Apple is expected to announce new line-up of its iPads and Macbooks. According to rumours, Apple’s new in 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch display variants.

The new iPads, however, see a lot of under the hood improvements. For instance, iPad Pro 2018 aka iPad Pro 3 is expected to come with Face ID for biometric authentication, beze-less screen, and Truedepth camera. Similarly, Apple is expected to launch newer MacBooks including Mac Mini-series.

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