pple showcases new software
for its devices every June at the
World Wide Developers Conference
(WWDC), a mecca for developers
and system engineers eager to
learn about changes for the year
ahead. The event traditionally com-
mences with a keynote by Apple’s
CEO, Tim Cook. While not as cap-
tivating a showman as Steve Jobs, Cook’s enthusiasm for his
company and talented teams is infectious. This year, due to
the coronavirus pandemic, WWDC will be an entirely virtual
event, with both sessions and the keynote held online. While
this will be a big adjustment for developers, not much will
change for those of us who usually watch at home.
In keeping with tradition, Apple should debut the next ver-
sions of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS at WWDC.
In anticipation of the new releases, I’ve collected the toprumors and leaks for this year’s announcements, along withsome wishful thinking and speculation. Let’s open the rumorwindow to the future and see what Apple might share withthe world in June.
IOS 14 PUBLIC RELEASE
Expect Apple to release beta versions of iOS 14 and
iPadOS 14 over the summer and the official shipping versions
of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 late Septem-
ber. We likely won’t see the release of macOS until October.
These dates could be pushed back by a month or two if Apple
delays its fall iPhone release as rumors are suggesting. Given
that every other Apple OS is named for the platform it runs
on, it’s possible Apple could rename the iOS to iPhoneOS.
MacRumors reports that both iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will run
on the same iPhone and iPad models as iOS 13 and iPadOS
13. The exception is the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini Series 4,
which use older A8 and A8X chips. If this is true, that means
my 2016 iPhone SE should run iOS 14. Compared to Android
phones and tablets, that’s quite a long support term, and one
of the main reasons I continue to recommend Apple phones
and tablets above its competitors.
Apple made big news in the security community in February when it announced that, beginning in September, Safariwould no longer connect to sites with Transport Layer Security(TLS) certificates that are more than a year old. This requirement will change how websites manage and renew theirsecurity certificates. It also shows just how much leverageApple has to force the global internet to change with Apple’srequirements. Emboldened by this authority, Apple will nodoubt project its intentions on other areas of web securitybest practices. Expect to hear more Safari privacy and security feature announcements at WWDC.
I’m hopeful that Apple will require more secure Domain
The Features & Devices We Expect to Seeat WWDC 2020
by Mike Riley