TvOS 12 wishlist: What we're hoping Apple will announce at WWDC 2018


TvOS 12 wishlist: What we're hoping Apple will announce at WWDC 2018

Apple could even introduce features or options to help users limit or restrict smartphone use.

Apple is not expected to unveil a suite of new hardware at this years Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a Bloomberg report. We expect to hear some sort of confirmation from Apple at the WWDC 2018 event scheduled to kickoff on June 4th. While its mobile software accounts for much more of its revenue, Apple doesn't want to cut out its other devices at its expense, and integrating the two will go some way to fixing this.

Another iOS 12 feature Apple plans to reveal centers on giving users tools to better monitor their usage habits across apps. The company released beta versions of minor, bug-fixing updates to iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3 yesterday, alongside an unexpected beta of macOS 10.13.6. According to the report in Bloomberg, the Digital Health feature will include a number of tools which could help Apple iOS users to see how much time they are spending on their devices.

Apps that use Apple's ARKit technology for augmented reality can add immersion to fun and educational experiences, but this year, we'll see the next big step.

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If that sounds familiar, that's because it's similar to Google's recently announced Android updates, which are also meant to combat phone addiction. After recent criticism by Apple shareholders that the company was encouraging the negative effect of tech addiction on teens, this seems like a logical reaction. Playing Star Wars holochess is fun, but it feels like Apple could prompt developers to do more with this feature. All of these features, baked into iOS 12, will serve as a prelude for a rumored Apple AR headset that should arrive in 2020 at the earliest. This is the function that lets users send money via iMessage to other contacts.

With WWDC only days away, rumors are starting to leak of what Apple will launch and discuss this year. This was announced at the event a year ago, but was limited to a small number of territories.

A report by Bloomberg claims that the WWDC 2018 will only focus on Apple's software advancements. But we think there's a good case for new hardware come Monday, and on this week's CultCast, we'll tell you why.

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