Apple has invited the media for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote address, which will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, on June 4 at 10am PT (10:30pm IST). The venue is the same place where a large number of developers will come together to see the new beta versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS as well as some fresh developer tools and updates to Swift. However, we can expect some of the major announcements at the keynote that will set the base for the entire WWDC 2018 that is scheduled between June 4 and June 8. Apple has additionally confirmed through a banner on its official site that the keynote will be live streamed.
The invite for the WWDC keynote doesn't confirm any details about what Apple is announcing this year. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that the Cupertino giant will at least announce iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 alongside revealing some key tweaks to Siri to make it a tough competitor against Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. With certain improvements to Siri, we can also expect that the Tim Cook-led army will showcase some new HomePod features at the stage.
Last year at WWDC, Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro and iMac models and previewed the iMac Pro and HomePod. This hints at the arrival of some new hardware developments for this year as well. If we believe some past reports, the company may unveil the iPhone SE 2 at the venue. There could also be a "budget" MacBook variant that will likely to replace the existing 13-inch MacBook Air. A recent report, citing some supply chain sources, claimed the delay of the new MacBook model, though.
For app developers, Apple is speculated to bring a list of changes related to Swift language and Xcode IDE. There might also be some announcements to improve the app experience on iOS devices.
Apple fans will be able to watch the WWDC 2018 keynote live. Since September 2017, Apple is offering live streaming of its keynote sessions across all the major Web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome in addition to Safari and Microsoft Edge. Therefore, watching the keynote live isn't likely to be an issue even for non-Apple users. Apple, however, prefers users to watch its live streams through Safari on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, or on Apple TV through the Apple Events app.
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